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House Spending Bills Come Up Short; FERC Commissioners Finally Confirmed

July 19, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Energy Legislation and FERC Confirmations

Over the last week, the U.S. House of Representatives moved two spending bills forward that would be harmful to advanced energy interests. In the Senate, a long confirmation process came to an end with Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay confirmed as commissioners of the FERC.[read more]

FERC's Demand Response Strategy Hits a Snag: D.C. Circuit Vacates Order 745 in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC

June 10, 2014 by Sharon Jacobs

Demand response is the reduction of electricity use in response to a price signal. In other words, customers are paid not to consume energy. Demand response has been called the sale of “negawatts,” although the phrase is an imperfect description of the actual transaction.[read more]

What the Court Decision on FERC Order 745 Means for Demand Response

May 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Demand response was dealt a legal blow last Friday when the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. vacated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 745 in a 2-1 decision, stating that FERC has gone too far.[read more]

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Paying Too Much for Demand Response? DC Circuit Court Throws Out FERC Rule

May 29, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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FERC Rules and Court Rulings

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule authorizing payments to electricity consumers who reduce their electricity usage during periods of high prices, a service known as "demand response."[read more]

FERC Affirms Support for Removing Market Barriers to Energy Storage, Other Clean Energy Resources

February 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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FERC and Energy Storage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has once again demonstrated its commitment to removing unfair market barriers standing in the way of the grid flexibility necessary to incorporate high levels of renewable energy like wind and solar.[read more]

Renewable Energy Barriers Fall With New FERC Order

November 30, 2013 by Tina Casey

FERC Orders

Energy storage fans are rejoicing all across the country on the heels of a new ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which opens the floodgates to connecting more solar arrays and wind farms to the power grid.[read more]

Reading The Renewable Energy Tea Leaves In Latest FERC Report

October 21, 2013 by Tina Casey
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FERC Report

We got all excited when our friends over at the SUN DAY Campaign tipped us off to the latest federal report on newly installed electrical generating capacity in the US, given that the overall picture looks so rosy for renewables. However, the devil is in the details.[read more]

Ron Binz Steps Down as FERC Nominee, Citing 'Blood Sport' in Congress

October 6, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

After unsuccessfully attempting to stop the nomination of Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy, Republicans were able to derail Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Ron Binz.[read more]

FERC: Leveling the Power Transmission 'Playing Field'

September 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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As the Senate considers confirming Ron Binz as the next chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the independent regulatory agency is being put in a place it is uncharacteristically but increasingly finding itself these days – the spotlight.[read more]

FERC Settlements Illustrate Attempts to 'Game' Demand Response Programs

July 26, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

FERC Settlements

Two settlements at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made public this year involving large civil penalties illustrate how the market for demand response (DR) services could be ‘gamed’ by artificially inflating normal levels of power consumption.[read more]

Energy Storage: FERC's Ruling Could Jumpstart Big Batteries

July 21, 2013 by Eric Wesoff
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If the price of grid-scale energy storage fell to zero dollars per megawatt-hour, regulators and utilities would still be puzzled in how to deploy the boon of energy storage.[read more]

Natural Gas Revolution and Its Implications: LNG Exports 101

April 3, 2013 by Adam James
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The Shale Gale, unleashed by technological breakthroughs in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, has also led to a discussion of the United States potential to become a net-exporter of natural gas for the first time ever.[read more]

D.C. Circuit Rejects FERC Jurisdiction Over Natural Gas Market Manipulation

March 20, 2013 by Eric Christensen

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concluded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission lacks jurisdiction to enforce a $30 million fine against accused natural gas market manipulator Brian Hunter.[read more]

A Lump of Coal in Bonneville's Stocking: FERC Rejects BPA's Plans to Address Overgeneration During High-Wind/High-Water Events

December 22, 2012 by Eric Christensen

As it was wrapping up business for 2012 and heading off for the holidays, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") left a lump of coal in Bonneville Power Administration's stocking in the form of two orders rejecting Bonneville's efforts to address wind generation curtailments during periods of over-generation. Together, the orders put Bonneville's efforts to address the over-generation problem nearly back to square one.[read more]

‘Demand Response’ in Electricity: Economists vs. FERC on (Over)Pricing

September 25, 2012 by Michael Giberson
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As noted here at KP in August, a group of electric power economists (including me) filed an amicus brief on FERC’s demand response pricing rule.At the Master Resource blog, Travis Fisher examines the issue with some detail. Here is a bit:In Order No. 745, FERC reasoned that, “when a demand response resource has the capability to balance...[read more]