Entries in FERC (28)


ISO-NE presents efforts on market solutions for energy security at FERC public meeting

In July of 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed ISO New England to file permanent revisions to its market rules that would address long-term regional energy security concerns, due on October 15, 2019. On April 22, 2019, the ISO, the New England States Committee on Electricity, and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) Participants Committee jointly requested a public meeting to share with FERC staff information about efforts to develop these proposed market revisions without violating the Commission’s ex parte rules.

The day-long public meeting, which was webcast, convened on July 15, 2019, at FERC headquarters in Washington, DC. The staff-led session consisted of three 90-minute presentations by ISO New England, NEPOOL stakeholders, and representatives from New England states. ISO Chief Economist Matt White and Director of Market Development Chris Parent offered a robust presentation on the ISO’s steady work toward meeting FERC’s directive, after which they answered questions from the Commission staff and Commissioners.

ISO-NE's Chris Parent and Matt White at FERC



FERC announces July 15 technical conference to discuss New England’s energy security challenges

On April 22, ISO New England, in conjunction with the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) host a public technical conference in July 2019 to discuss “efforts to develop a comprehensive, longer-term, market-based solution to address New England’s energy security challenges” leading up to the expected mid-October filing of wholesale market changes by the ISO. On May 21, FERC announced it has scheduled a day-long technical conference for July 15 at the Commission’s offices in Washington, DC. In its announcement, FERC noted that “This staff-led public meeting will consist of three, 90-minute presentations by ISO-NE, NEPOOL stakeholders, and representatives from New England states with time for questions and answers reserved at the end of the meeting.” The meeting will be webcast.


White House sends FERC nomination to U.S. Senate, designates Chatterjee as FERC Chairman after McIntyre steps aside

Update: On December 6, the US Senate approved the nomination of Bernie McNamee to serve as a FERC commissioner by a 50-49 vote. Commissioner McNamee was sworn in on December 11 to fill a term through June 2020. McNamee’s confirmation returns FERC to a full five commissioners.

Update: On November 27, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee (ENR) approved the White House’s nomination of Bernard McNamee to serve on the FERC, advancing the nomination to the full Senate.

On October 5, President Trump formally nominated Bernard McNamee to fill a vacant seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The open seat was created by the departure of former commissioner Robert Powelson, who served one year on the Commission. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider McNamee’s nomination at a hearing scheduled for November 15. If confirmed, McNamee, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, will serve out the remainder of Powelson’s term, which expires June 2020. 

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Federal affairs update: Recap of recent energy-related news from Washington

ISO New England’s External Affairs team closely tracks federal energy policy, initiatives, and other changes. Here's a quick summary of recent activity from FERC, US EPA, and US DOE.

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Price-responsive demand explained: Q&A with Henry Yoshimura, ISO Director of Demand Resource Strategy

6/12/18 update: Expanded information on pay-for-performance's impact on demand resources.

On June 1, 2018, ISO New England launched a new price-responsive demand (PRD) structure that completes the full integration of active demand resources (also known as demand response) into the regional wholesale electricity marketplace. Building on demand resources’ long-standing ability to participate in the capacity market, PRD makes ISO New England the first US grid operator to deploy its active demand resources as part of the energy dispatch and reserve-designation process along with generating resources. Henry Yoshimura, the ISO’s Director of Demand Resource Strategy, explains PRD below, as well as the changes and benefits it brings.

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NYISO, PJM, and ISO New England interregional committee releases 2017 Northeast Coordinated System Plan

No new needs identified for interregional transmission projects

The interconnections between neighboring electric power systems allow for the exchange of electric energy and capacity, facilitating access to a wider diversity of resources and the more economic trading of energy. Identifying the need for interregional transmission projects and regional system reinforcements, quantifying their possible benefits and other impacts, and resolving planning issues with potential cross-border effects can enhance the reliability and efficiency of the power system overall. The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), ISO New England (ISO-NE), and PJM (i.e., the Regional Transmission Organization [RTO] for all or parts of 13 eastern and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia) work collaboratively to coordinate the planning of their interconnected systems. On April 24, 2018, the ISO/RTOs released the 2017 Northeast Coordinated System Plan (NCSP17), which summarizes the group’s 2016 and 2017 interregional planning efforts.

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