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FERC Conditionally Approves Risk-based E...

  On March 19, 2015, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order in Docket No. RR15-4 (the “Order”) addressing a proposal by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) to implement a Risked-Based Registration (“RBR”) proposal. The goal of NERC’s RBR proposal is to achieve an effective application of industry...

Pricing Electric System Reliability in M...

      There have recently been two significant Orders from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) concerning System Support Resources (“SSRs”) for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (“MISO”). SSRs are electric generating units scheduled for retirement, but where MISO requests for reliability purposes that the...

Ready for the New Bulk Electric System D...

      The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its electric utility industry stakeholders are nearing the effective date of a definition that is critical to the role of NERC and everyone involved in the electric utility industry.  That critical definition is the definition of the Bulk Electric System itself (the BES Definition).  The BES...

Defining the Bulk Electric System

A Difficult Process Approaches a Critical Deadline A low profile, but very significant, process involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and participants in the electric utility industry is approaching a critical time point. Driven by FERC directive and timeline, NERC and the industry are working towards...

Marrying Apples and Oranges: A High-leve...

By Daniel E. Cooper, P.E. A Change in the Electric Industry Affects the Natural Gas industry A combination of changes in environmental regulations and economic factors is driving a change in the electric utility industry.  While coal has historically been the predominant fuel for electric generation in most parts of the United States, natural gas has now generally become the fuel of...

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