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FERC changes position on MISO policy; US Senate passes FERC-related bills

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Essential Energy Insights September 2020

Rate case activity slips, COVID-19 proceedings remain at the forefront in August


FERC changes position on MISO policy; US Senate passes FERC-related bills

On remand, FERC reverses position on MISO transmission upgrade funding policy

Transmission-owning members of the Midcontinent ISO can resume unilaterally deciding whether they will provide up-front funding for upgrades to their systems needed to accommodate requested generator interconnections, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

US Senate passes FERC rate challenge, merger review bills

The U.S. Senate on Sept. 4 passed by voice vote two bills directly impacting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

One of those bills aims to ensure that stakeholders have a way to challenge rate changes that go into effect automatically due to FERC's failure to act, and the other seeks to reconcile the thresholds for determining when the agency is required to approve various kinds of transactions.

FERC approves revisions to PJM's long-term FTR auction rules

Federal regulators have accepted proposed revisions to PJM Interconnection's long-term financial transmission rights auction rules that will eliminate the three-year, long-term financial transmission rights auction product and adjust the treatment of auction revenue rights.

FERC lets PJM delay its 2019 capacity market auction for 3 months

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 30 granted PJM's request to delay its 2019 capacity market auction to give the grid operator time to implement rule changes aimed at addressing the impact of state energy subsidies on the region's capacity market.

PJM stakeholders tackle questions on FERC capacity market order

PJM stakeholders will have another opportunity to develop some consensus on reforms to the grid operator's capacity market now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended a deadline for comments.

As wildfire risks mount, Calif. legislators toss utilities a lifeline

As firefighters continued to battle the massive Mendocino Complex blaze, the largest wildfire in California's history, state legislators scrambled to come up with a last-minute law that would shield investor-owned electric utilities from billions of dollars in damages that result when electrical equipment ignites brush or trees.

FERC clarifies transmission planning activities subject to 3rd-party involvement

In rejecting a complaint concerning PG&E Corp. subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s transmission projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made some key clarifications about the types of transmission activities that must be conducted in an open, coordinated and transparent manner.

ISO-NE proposes changes designed to retain resources needed for fuel security

ISO New England has asked federal regulators to approve tariff revisions that would allow the grid operator to retain resources needed for fuel security, such as the 1,700-MW natural gas-fired Mystic River plant in eastern Massachusetts.

Watchdog finds US EPA failed to justify Pruitt's inflated security costs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog has found that the agency failed to justify a major spike in security costs related to former Administrator Scott Pruitt's round-the-clock protective detail.