Tag: FERC

FERC Comments on Electric Storage Technologies Due August 9

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) on electric storage technologies is just around the corner. In its Request for Comments Regarding Rates, Accounting and Financial Reporting for New Electric Storage Technologies, FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation seeks comments on the following issues:  The … Continue Reading

California and FERC Agreement to Coordinate Hydrokinetic Project Development

From our colleague Michael O’Connell: On May 18, 2010, California and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate federal and state procedures and schedules for development of hydrokinetic projects off California’s coast. FERC previously entered MOUs for such coordination with Oregon, Washington and Maine. The California-FERC MOU provides … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Third-Parties Challenging Energy Contract Rates Must Clear the Mobile-Sierra Hurdle

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important ruling clarifying how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) must apply the Mobile-Sierra doctrine.  The Mobile-Sierra doctrine informs how FERC should evaluate whether a contract rate for energy is just and reasonable, and the doctrine provides that FERC’s sole concern should be whether the contract rates being challenged … Continue Reading

FERC Conditionally Approves MISO Tariff Amendment on Cost Allocation

This afternoon, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conditionally approved the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator’s (MISO) proposed tariff amendment regarding allocating the cost of network upgrades for generation interconnection projects meeting MISO’s regional expansion criteria and benefits (RECB) standards.  See my previous blog entry for a more detailed discussion on the history of the tariff amendment, as well … Continue Reading

Smart Grid Favored in FERC Strategic Plan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) highlighted smart grid technologies in its strategic plan for fiscal years 2009-2014 (the “Strategic Plan”). FERC found that our nation could potentially reduce peak electricity demand by up to 20% through the deployment of new technologies, including smart grid and demand response technologies.   In the Strategic Plan, FERC is … Continue Reading

FERC Aims to Accelerate Smart Grid Deployment

On July 16, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Policy Statement on smart grid technologies, providing guidance on future smart grid interoperability standards and establishing an interim incentive rate policy that applies to near-term smart grid deployments (even those used in pilot or demonstration projects).  Notably, FERC identified four technologies as being … Continue Reading

FERC and Washington Sign MOU on Hydrokinetic Projects

Late last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and the State of Washington signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to coordinate their review of hydrokinetic energy projects in Washington state waters.  The MOU is intended to  reduce some of the regulatory barriers associated with siting and permitting such projects, while also ensuring that projects … Continue Reading

Green Power Express Receives Green Light from FERC

On April 10, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a request for various transmission infrastructure investment incentives submitted by Green Power Express LP (GPE), a transmission-only partnership that proposes to build a 765 kV "green superhighway" consisting of three interconnected loops in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.  GPE’s proposal will also extend radially … Continue Reading

Interior and FERC reach agreement on Outer Continental Shelf hydrokinetic projects; Secretary Salazar announces regional meeting details

From our colleague Cherise Oram: Secretary of Interior (DOI) Ken Salazar and Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Jon Wellinghoff have announced an agreement describing how the two agencies will work together to facilitate permitting renewable energy – particularly ocean wave and current projects – on the outer continental shelf (OCS). The announcement … Continue Reading

FERC Technical Conference on Wind Integration

From our colleague Jason Johns: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will host a technical conference on March 2 to discuss the challenges of integrating large amounts of variable generation into wholesale markets and the grid. The Commission is also asking for innovative proposals that will help accomplish such large integration. Notably, the conference could hardly … Continue Reading

FERC Rejects MISO’s Market Coordination Service Proposal, Approves Anchor Tenant Merchant Transmission

From our colleague and FERC guru, Jason Johns: MISO’s Proposed Market Coordination Service: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today rejected the Midwest ISO’s proposed Market Coordination Service that would have given certain transmission owners access to the ISO energy and operating reserve markets without requiring those owners to hand over control of facilities or share … Continue Reading

Client Alert: FERC’s Conditional Approval of MISO Queue Reform

Check out our client alert on FERC’s recent conditional approval of MISO’s revised large generator interconnection process.  It provides highlights of the ruling and identifies next steps that MISO must take in order to flesh out some issues, including certain milestones that generators must meet in order to move towards getting their project interconnected. Beth Soholt, executive director of Wind … Continue Reading

FERC Rules on MISO Queue Reform Proposal

On August 25, FERC issued its ruling on the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) plan to reform the generator interconnection queue process – the method by which transmission requirements for generators wishing to connect new projects to the grid in the Midwest are reviewed and approved.  FERC conditionally accepted the proposed tariff revisions, with an effective date … Continue Reading
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