Entries in FERC (25)

Wednesday
Mar232016

ISO-NE report on market price formation highlights complexity of issue, regional improvements

Uplift costs are just 1–2% of the total energy market value in New England

On March 4, ISO New England filed its responses to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) questions on price formation in wholesale electricity markets. The ISO report includes detailed answers to the technical, complex issues raised by FERC and highlights the significant strides made regionally to achieve pricing that accurately and transparently signals the costs of operating New England’s power system.

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Thursday
Feb042016

New England readies to move ahead with full integration of demand response after SCOTUS decision

With the US Supreme Court’s January 25 opinion on FERC v EPSA, New England now has a clear path forward for enabling demand-response resources to participate fully in the region’s wholesale electricity marketplace. The court opinion affirmed the ability of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to establish rules for demand response—a matter that had been in question since May 2014 when the DC Circuit of the US Court of Appeals ruled that FERC did not have this jurisdiction. The ISO can now continue with its plans, which had been delayed by a year due to the legal challenges, to create opportunities and obligations comparable to those of generators for demand response to participate in wholesale electricity markets.

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Friday
Jul102015

Regional transmission investment: summer 2015 update

634 projects put into service since 2002 to fortify New England’s transmission system

The ISO recently published the June 2015 update to the Regional System Plan (RSP) Project List, which details Pool Transmission Facility (PTF) projects needed to ensure reliability in New England. The report lists 13 new projects and 25 projects placed into service since the March 2015 update, including 13 completed for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP).

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Monday
May042015

Regional transmission investment: spring 2015 update

609 projects put into service since 2002 to fortify New England’s transmission system

The ISO recently published the March 2015 update to the Regional System Plan (RSP) Project List, which details Pool Transmission Facility (PTF) projects needed to ensure reliability in New England. The report listed 34 projects placed into service from October 2014 to March 2015, including nine for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP).

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Friday
May012015

ISO-NE issues white paper on potential approaches to demand resources in markets pending possible legal and regulatory outcomes

On April 17, ISO New England released the white paper Contingency Plan Addressing the Potential Loss of FERC Jurisdiction Over Demand Resources. It details possibilities for continued demand resource participation in New England, in response to uncertainty surrounding FERC Order No. 745, Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets.

Order No. 745 was vacated in a May 2014 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC. An appeal was filed, and on May 4, 2015, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the decision. The Supreme Court's decision is expected by end of June 2016.

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Friday
Apr242015

FERC accepts rule changes for regional Elective Transmission Upgrades

New mechanisms for ETUs now in effect

On April 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted proposed changes to rules related to Elective Transmission Upgrades (ETUs)—merchant-funded transmission interconnections in New England.

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