Consumer Liaison Group discussed energy storage and hosted FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee at December 2017 meeting
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:38AM
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On December 7, the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) held its last quarterly meeting of the year in Boston, Mass. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee gave the keynote address. A panel discussed The Future of Energy Storage in New England: What it Means for Customers. Panelists included: Christopher Parent, Director, Market Development, ISO New England; Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; Lewis Milford, President, Clean Energy Group; and Ted Ko, Director of Policy, Stem, Inc.

Commissioner Chatterjee with ISO-NE VP of External Affairs, Anne George; and Rebecca Tepper, Chair, CLG Coordinating Committee and Chief, Energy & Telecommunications Division Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.Keynote Address

Commissioner Neil Chatterjee discussed the matters that FERC has been addressing since he joined the Commission in August. Much of Chatterjee’s work has focused on reducing what he called a significant backlog of pending matters that had accrued in the months FERC lacked a quorum. Chatterjee, who served an advisor to US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell before joining the Commission, said he hopes that FERC provides stability during uncertain times.

Chatterjee said that FERC is currently examining the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), which calls for compensation for the “resiliency attributes” of certain power plants. Chatterjee told the audience that the questions posed in the DOE NOPR are serious and worth examining and that he and his colleagues at FERC are taking the matter seriously, but that the challenges that DOE highlighted cannot be solved overnight. Chatterjee said FERC will likely propose an interim solution and set up a structure for a longer-term examination of the issues. Chatterjee also shared some of his priorities for the next several years, including removing barriers for new technologies, such as energy storage and distributed energy resources. 

Panel Discussion

Robert Espindola, Energy Systems Program Manager at Acushnet Company, moderated the panel (pictured above and listed below). All presentations can be found on the CLG webpage.

ISO New England Update

Anne George, Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications for ISO New England, provided information on the 2017/2018 winter season, Forward Capacity Auction #12 (FCA #12), the ISO’s Operational Fuel-Security Analysis, projected wholesale market costs for the year 2017, and the CASPR proposal.

2018 CLG Meeting Dates

The CLG’s four quarterly meetings have been scheduled for 2018: March 1, June 14, September 20, and December 6. Updated information will be available on the CLG webpage.

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