Entries in FERC (28)


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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ISO-NE successfully completes FERC audit of competitive transmission planning process, financial requirements, and more

On April 18, 2018, ISO New England received a successful audit report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Division of Audits and Accounting (DAA). The audit evaluated the ISO’s compliance during the period of July 10, 2013, through June 30, 2017, with the ISO Open Access Transmission Tariff; FERC Order No. 1000, which established new electric transmission planning and cost allocation requirements; and FERC’s accounting, reporting, and record-retention requirements. The DAA found no incidents of noncompliance.

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Consumer Liaison Group discussed energy storage and hosted FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee at December 2017 meeting

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.

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