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Role of FERC on EPA’s Clean Power Plan? Not to be Chopped Liver
FERC’s February 19 Commissioner-led technical conference focused on FERC’s role in addressing the implications of compliance approaches to EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. During the first panel on electric reliability considerations, APPA CEO Sue Kelly urged FERC not to be “chopped liver,” noting that the EPA’s expansive view of “Best System of Emission Reduction” has “swept FERC into the maelstrom.” Kelly urged FERC to play a vital role in shaping the EPA’s proposed rule now, before it issues a final rule, and to support NERC’s ongoing analysis of the reliability impacts of the Clean Power Plan. Kelly and other panelists, including NRECA Vice President Jay Morrison and EEI spokesman Gerard Anderson, asked FERC to replace its 2020 interim compliance goals with a state-driven glide path as well as to support “some flavor” of a reliability safety valve proposal that is built into the final rule. Additional suggestions for FERC’s role included to educate on reliability, facilitate continued investment in infrastructure, and ensure appropriate changes to electric markets to accommodate the rule. FERC also held separate panel discussions on identifying and addressing infrastructure needs and the potential implications for FERC-jurisdictional markets. FERC will hold a western region technical conference in Denver, Colorado on February 25, 2015, an eastern region technical conference in Washington, DC on March 11, 2015, and a central region technical conference in St. Louis, MO on March 31, 2015. For more information, please contact Natalie Karas or Gregory Jones.
EPA-FERC Coordination Needed on Reliability Impacts of Proposed Clean Power Plan; FERC Announces Technical Conference to Address Issue
Natalie Karas’ December 6, 2014 article in the Electricity Journal recommends coordination between the EPA and FERC to address the reliability impacts of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. In her article, Ms. Karas also suggested that FERC hold a joint technical workshop to provide RTOs and ISOs, NERC, NERC Regional Entities, and EPA Staff the opportunity to present their respective reliability analyses of the Clean Power Plan. The Electricity Journal article is available here.
On December 9, 2014, FERC announced it will hold a series of technical conferences on the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan that will focus on electric reliability, wholesale electric markets and operations, and energy infrastructure. The first conference will be held on February 19, 2015 at FERC headquarters, followed by staff-led regional conferences in Washington, St. Louis, and Denver (dates to be announced). FERC’s notice can be accessed here.
DWGP Attorneys Conduct Physical and Cyber Security Webinar
DWGP Attorneys Address 2014 APPA Legal Seminar
Four DWGP attorneys spoke on three different topics at APPA’s Legal Seminar held in San Antonio in October 2014. Their presentations are available on the APPA website.
Kathryn R. Thomas and Thomas L. Rudebusch presented on "Utility 2.0: Opportunities and Challenges for the Public Power Business Model." They described examples of how public power entities have implemented smart grid technologies. Tom and Katie then discussed how several business models for "Utility 2.0" may affect public power's future.
Jason T. Gray presented on the "Implications for Public Power of a Western Energy Imbalance Market." Jason focused the various challenges and potential opportunities associated with initiatives to establish energy imbalance markets in the West. He then identified practical ways public power entities can manage the impacts of these initiatives and advance their interests.
Michael Postar presented on “Order 1000 Compliance by Public Power.” He discussed approaches taken by public power in various regions to comply with Order 1000. Michael explained the importance of participation by public power transmission owning utilities as well as transmission customers in the development of regional compliance rules and in the ensuing transmission planning.
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- Joshua E. Adrian and Jason T. Gray become Shareholders; Tyler E. Mansholt and Kathryn R. Thomas* join as Associates
- DWGP Client Granted License for Advanced Pumped Storage Hydro Project