Power Grid/Smart Grid

PJM forum on grid diversity

Washington, October 21, 2014, 8:30 am

PJM Interconnection forum, "Grid 20/20: Focus on Resource Diversity." FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur delivers morning keynote address. 

FERC investigating polar vortex effects on power grid

Source: 
The Hill

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it has begun investigating the impact of last winter's polar vortex on the power grid, with hopes the findings will help utilities be better prepared to prevent outages, The Hill reports.

PJM suggestions to keep demand response going despite court ruling

Source: 
E&E

In the wake of the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which threw out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s demand response policy, PJM Interconnection has issued a white paper that proposes a new structure to keep afloat the concept of providing incentives for customers to use less energy, E&E reports.

Dynegy seeks capacity market changes for MISO

Source: 
E&E

Dynegy Inc. is one of three power generators petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to force the Midcontinent Independent System Operator to change the way it handles its capacity market, and if the move fails Dynegy may try to get its Edwards plant into the PJM Interconnection, E&E reports.

New Western market aims at easing renewables into grid

Source: 
E&E

Seven Western states are starting up an energy imbalance market this week, which offers up electricity to buyers in five-minute increments, giving them a chance to smooth out the impact of more variable renewable energy into the grid, E&E reports.

Albania borrows $150 million to improve power grid

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The World Bank is lending Albania $150 million (€118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states.

The Energy Ministry said Tuesday the loan will also be used to boost the efficiency of bill collection from power consumers — some 400,000 of whom have been cut off over the past year for outstanding debts.

LaFleur headlines CSIS forum on electricity markets

Washington, September 4, 2014, 10:30 am

Center for Strategic and International Studies holds forum, "Electricity in Transition: Technology, Markets and Regulation." FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, former FERC chairs Charles Curtis, Elizabeth Moler among speakers. 

New energy alliance announced in Vermont

Source: 
Burlington Free Press

Green Mountain Power, the largest Vermont utility, has announced it’s teaming up with NRG Energy to implement new energy saving projects utilizing the latest technology, in particular creation of a modern microgrid, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Bipartisan Policy Center photo

Obama nominates Honorable to FERC

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Honorable would fill the seat left vacant by the departure this month of John Norris, a Democrat, who resigned to take a post with the Agriculture Department. 

Honorable, also a Democrat, has been frequently mentioned as a possible appointee. She chairs the Arkansas Public Service Commission and is president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

 

Judges side with FERC, greens on transmission reforms

A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2011 reform of regional electricity transmission planning and cost allocation rules, which environmental groups hailed as a victory in their campaign to get more renewable generation onto the grid.

Utilities and trade groups, however, criticized the rejection of legal challenges to the commission's Order 1000 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. They opposed the order on grounds that consumers could be forced to pay for transmission lines they don't use, and that state and local control over the grid will be weakened.

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