FERC Conditionally Approves Risk-based Electric System Reliability Registration

  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…

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Pricing Electric System Reliability in MISO

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”).

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Ready for the New Bulk Electric System Definition?

      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…

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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…

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Marrying Apples and Oranges: A High-level Look at the Evolving Natural Gas Industry and Electric Industry Coordination

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…

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