POWER MARKETS: Groups Unite to Lobby FERC on Reforms
March 7, 2018
By Rod Kuckro
A broad coalition of 10 organizations not usually on the same page when it comes to electricity policy are asking federal regulators to apply five principles to any changes in the rules governing wholesale power markets.
Their common concerns were spelled out in a March 5 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The letter said this is the time for FERC "to provide a clear vision for how it can best support, rather than interfere with, market-based mechanisms and healthy competition."
The letter from the 10 groups is intended to address the FERC inquiry into resilience as well as a FERC docket opened last year on the intersection of markets and state policies.
"The kettle is getting closer to boiling in terms of FERC taking another raft of actions involving issues around state policies and federal market design," said John Moore, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) who also signed the letter.
"So we wanted to put together a set of principles well before the pot actually boils and make sure everyone's aware of the new reality," Moore said in an interview. The group is concerned, he said, that "RTOs are not catching up to the new reality of the transforming grid."
The letter was signed by the American Council on Renewable Energy, American Public Power Association (APPA), American Wind Energy Association, Electricity Consumers Resource Council, Large Public Power Council, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, NRECA, NRDC, Solar Energy Industries Association and Transmission Access Policy Study Group.