FERC Clears PJM, SPP Proposals Establishing Energy Storage Market Participation Models

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 17 largely approved plans filed by PJM Interconnection LLC and Southwest Power Pool Inc. addressing electric storage participation in their wholesale markets. The orders mark the agency’s first move to implement the landmark Order No. 841, which directed grid operators to establish a market model that recognizes the…

D.C. Regulators Evaluate Alternative Ratemaking Mechanism for Potomac Electric

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is scheduled to discuss a framework for evaluating alternative ratemaking proposals following a request by Potomac Electric Power Company to boost its electric rates, according to a September 18 notice. In May, Pepco filed an application to increase rates for its electric distribution service in the…

Michigan Commission Settles Long-Standing Dispute Between Consumers Energy and Power Producers

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a settlement agreement that resolves a number of long-standing contract issues between Consumers Energy Co. and qualified independent power producers in five separate cases, according to a September 11 press release. In June, the commission approved a settlement in Consumers’ integrated resource plan that included a new Public Utility…

Michigan Regulators Push for Resilience, Demand Response in the Aftermath of Cold Snap: Report

The Michigan Public Service Commission released a report on September 11 called Statewide Energy Assessment, which Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer requested in the aftermath of an energy emergency earlier this year. In late January 2019, an extreme cold weather event combined with a fire at a major compressor station created an energy emergency in Michigan that challenged the…

Texas Grid Operator Reports Adequate Supplies to Serve Fall, Winter Peak Demand

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas expects nearly 84,000 megawatts of resource capacity to be available to meet a projected peak demand of 61,034 megawatts for the upcoming fall season from October through November, according to a Sept. 9 news release. The final assessment for the fall season includes 1,198 megawatts of planned capacity based…

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: California’s Quest for Clean Energy

California’s energy landscape is evolving rapidly driven by its ambitious clean energy and carbon reduction goals. Recent actions range from enhancing renewable integration to reforming carbon market rules, strengthening auto-emission standards, and revising energy efficiency policies.

PJM Predicts Rooftop Solar to Swell to Nearly 12 Gigawatts Over the Next 15 Years

Customer-side solar has grown to provide over 4 gigawatts of electricity while grid-connected installations supply more than 1.5 gigawatts, from virtually no solar on the PJM grid a decade ago, according to an Aug. 22 report from the system operator. Solar generation represents a tiny fraction of the 180 gigawatts of capacity committed to serve…

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: How New York Is Charting a New Energy Future

New York has adopted sweeping measures to propel the state’s clean energy agenda, including adopting the nation’s most ambitious climate targets, awarding the largest offshore wind contract, and refining compensation rules to boost distributed solar.

Heatwave Pushes Texas Grid Operator to the Limit Prompting Emergency Conservation Measures

The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a news release on August 13 urging Texans to conserve electricity as record demand met temperatures in the triple digits. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. saw its operating reserves dip below their 2.3 gigawatt threshold and push power prices to the market cap of $9,000/MWh. High temperatures…

Michigan Electricity Providers Pass Regulator Demand Test for 2022-2023

The Michigan Public Service Commission has concluded that electric providers in the state have demonstrated that they have adequate electricity supplies to meet the needs of their customers for the 2022-23 planning year, according to an August 8 press release. The annual review by the regulator aims to ensure long-term reliability by verifying electric providers’ energy supply arrangements.…

New England Fuel Security Plan to Take Effect as FERC Lacks Quorum

The ISO New England Inc.’s short-term program to compensate resources for maintaining inventoried energy during winters 2023/2024 and 2024/2025 became effective by operation of law because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission lacked a quorum to act on the proposed reforms before the statutory deadline, according to an Aug. 6 notice. A resource is eligible to…

New York Regulator Launches Resource Adequacy Review to Align With Clean Energy Goals

The New York Public Service Commission on Aug. 8 opened a proceeding to examine options to align the state’s resource adequacy programs with renewable energy and emissions reduction goals, while ensuring safe and adequate service at just and reasonable rates. New York enacted legislation last month, which requires a carbon-neutral power system by 2040 and…