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FERC Approves Large Expansion of SPP

On November 10, 2014, FERC accepted the Southwest Power Pool, Inc.’s (“SPP”) proposal to integrate the Western Area Power Administration – Upper Great Plains Region (“Western-UGP”), Basin Electric Power Cooperative, and Heartland Consumers Power District (collectively the “Joint Integrated System Parties”) into SPP.  FERC’s order significantly expands the SPP market, more than doubling its size.  Combined, the Joint Integrated System Parties operate the bulk electric transmission system across multiples states in the Upper Great Plains region, including Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, with systems consisting of approximately 9,500 miles of transmission lines. [Read more →]

November 14, 2014   Comments Off

FERC Denies MATS-related Waiver for Consumers Energy

On November 7, 2014, the Commission denied Consumers Energy Company’s (“Consumers”) request for limited waiver of several MISO tariff provisions on the grounds that Consumers had failed to adequately demonstrate that the requested waiver would not cause undesirable consequences, such as harming third-parties.  Consumers had filed its request for waiver in response to conflicting regulatory obligations under the MISO tariff and the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”). [Read more →]

November 14, 2014   Comments Off

FERC Approves Contested Western Energy Crisis Settlement, Orders Refunds in Separate Order

On November 10, 2014, FERC approved a contested settlement between several California utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission (collectively, the “California Parties”) against the California Department of Water Resources (“CDWR”), State Water Project for actions that arose during the western energy crisis from 2000 – 2001.  Under the settlement, the CDWR State Water Project will pay $26.6 million to the California Parties for its actions during the western energy crisis. [Read more →]

November 14, 2014   Comments Off

FERC Enforcement Staff Accuses Maxim Power Corp. of Manipulation

On November 3, 2014, FERC’s Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) issued a Notice of Alleged Violations against Maxim Power Corporation (“Maxim”), suggesting that Maxim engaged in three schemes in ISO-New England (“ISO-NE”) that violated section 222(a) of the Federal Power Act and FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule, 18 C.F.R. § 1c.2.  [Read more →]

November 10, 2014   Comments Off

FERC Announces Technical Conference on PJM’s Forfeiture Rule, UTC Transactions

On October 31, 2014, the Commission announced that it will hold a technical conference on January 7, 2015 concerning the justness and reasonableness of PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.’s
(“PJM”) existing tariff provisions related to the Financial Transmission Rights (“FTR”) forfeiture rule and uplift allocations as applied to Up-to Congestion (“UTC”) transactions. [Read more →]

November 10, 2014   Comments Off

Southern California Edison Executes Significant Energy Storage Agreements

On November 5, 2014, Southern California Edison (“SCE”) announced that it entered into contracts for 2,221 MW of power to satisfy its customers’ demand, including contracts for 262 MW of long-term storage capacity.  The energy storage agreements were in response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s (“CPUC”) rulemaking that set energy storage targets for investor-owned utilities in the State of California. [Read more →]

November 7, 2014   Comments Off

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Delays Order Vacating Demand Response

On October 20, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) approved a request by FERC to delay finalizing its decision that vacated FERC Order No. 745 regarding demand response compensation for consumers.  The D.C. Circuit approved the delay through December 16, 2014.  Additionally, it stated that if it is notified of a petition for writ of certiorari filed during the delay, the court will withhold issuance of the mandate finalizing its decision to vacate, pending the Supreme Court’s final disposition. [Read more →]

November 3, 2014   Comments Off

FERC Dismisses Rehearing Requests of ISO-NE Forward Capacity Auction Results

On October 24, 2014, FERC dismissed requests for rehearing on the notice placing the ISO New England Inc.’s (“ISO-NE”) eighth annual Forward Capacity Auction (“FCA”) results into effect (“FCA Notice”).  FERC ruled that because the results of the auction took effect by operation of law, rather than a FERC-issued order, there was no order to rehear. [Read more →]

November 3, 2014   Comments Off

FERC Denies Powerex’s Request for Relief from CAISO-Imposed Imbalance Energy Charges Associated with 2013 Wildfire

On October 22, 2014, the Commission denied a complaint filed by Powerex Corp. seeking relief from $937,927.33 in imbalance energy charges assessed against it by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (“CAISO”) for its failure to deliver prescheduled energy during a 2013 wildfire in California and Nevada. [Read more →]

November 3, 2014   Comments Off

FERC Grants IPL’s MATS-Related Waiver of MISO Resource Adequacy Requirements

On October 15, 2014, the Commission granted Indianapolis Power & Light Company’s (“IPL”) request for a limited, one-time waiver of certain provisions of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (“MISO”) Open Access Transmission Tariff (“OATT”) in connection with IPL’s retirement of Eagle Valley coal units 3-6 (“Eagle Valley”) to comply with the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”). [Read more →]

October 27, 2014   Comments Off