Advanced Energy Perspectives

AEE Goes to Court to Stop Utilities and States From ‘Opting Out’ of FERC Energy Storage Rules

Posted by Jeff Dennis

Aug 21, 2019 4:14:28 PM

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In July, associations representing utilities and state regulatory agencies asked the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn portions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s landmark Order No. 841. In that order, FERC adopted critical regulatory reforms that require regional wholesale electricity market operators to remove barriers to the participation of energy storage technologies in their markets. Last week, AEE led a broad coalition of clean energy associations and public interest advocates in formally intervening in the case to urge the court to uphold FERC’s bipartisan effort to remove regulatory barriers to the growth of electric storage. The entire advanced energy industry has much at stake.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Highlights

AEE to FERC: Confirm that ISO New England Can’t Change Rules for Energy Efficiency Resources without Following Established Processes

Posted by Jeff Dennis and Sierra Salser

Mar 20, 2019 4:41:11 PM

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Last month, AEE filed a petition for declaratory order with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) raising alarm over suggestions that ISO New England (ISO-NE) might implement significant changes to the measurement and verification of energy efficiency resources in the region’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM) without following appropriate procedures. The petition, filed jointly with Sustainable FERC Project, seeks an order from FERC that would protect market participant investments in existing energy efficiency resources from retroactive changes made solely at ISO-NE’s discretion, and ensure that any future changes would occur only through established procedures, including review and approval by stakeholders and ultimate FERC approval.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets

Storage, DERs, ‘Fuel Security,’ PURPA – Just Some of the Issues to Watch in Wholesale Markets

Posted by Jeff Dennis

Jan 24, 2019 10:46:16 AM

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In 2018, wholesale electricity markets were a bumpy ride for the advanced energy industry. The year began with major victories for the sector, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) unanimous rejection of the Trump Administration’s proposal to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants, and FERC’s adoption of a final rule (Order 841) opening wholesale electricity markets to energy storage resources.  But headwinds developed as the year went on, including FERC’s June order requiring PJM to make major changes to its capacity market that could result in new barriers to participation for advanced energy resources, and moves in PJM and ISO New England to favor so-called “fuel secure” resources. After a turbulent 2018, what will 2019 bring? Here are some of the key areas where AEE will be engaged to ensure that advanced energy resources can continue to achieve growth in wholesale electricity markets.   

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Topics: Wholesale Markets

What Congress Can Learn from Texas about Heat Waves and Competitive Markets

Posted by Dylan Reed

Nov 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM

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Image courtesy of Chrishna and used under a Creative Commons license.

Severe weather events – whether hurricanes, wildfires, cold snaps, or heat waves – increasingly play a role in the lives of Americans. While extreme weather creates all sorts of problems, high on the list is the stress they put on the electric grid. Prior to this year, the 2014 Polar Vortex has been pointed to by those concerned about the ability of the electric grid to withstand severe weather events, and we’ve noted how wind and demand response helped keep the lights on during that cold snap. But in 2018, it was an expected heat wave in Texas that loomed as a potential threat to the grid. Would the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that relies more on market principles than any other in the country, be able to keep on the lights? The answer turned out to be yes – with lessons that could prove instructive to the 116th Congress when it convenes in January.  

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Wholesale Markets

At FERC, PJM Capacity Market Rules are Up for Grabs, With Much at Stake for Advanced Energy Resources

Posted by Maria Robinson

Oct 11, 2018 1:24:00 PM

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PJM, the nation’s largest regional grid operator and the largest wholesale electricity market in the world, is at a crossroads: Can it run its markets while accommodating the ability of states to enact clean energy policies, or will it adopt new market rules that put the continuation of those policies at risk? With zero-emission credits (ZECs) supporting existing nuclear power plants in states like Illinois and New Jersey adding to the 29 states across the country already having renewable portfolio standards (RPS) that provide support in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs) – and many of those states continuing to ratchet up RPS requirements – certain power plant operators have voiced concerns about what they see as “distortions” of the wholesale market. FERC is listening and making big moves. AEE is fully engaged in FERC’s proceedings, working to make sure that advanced energy resources are not disadvantaged in response.

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Topics: Regulation, Wholesale Markets

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