On June 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit” or “the court”) rejected petitions for review challenging FERC’s approval of capacity market rules set by the PJM Interconnection, LLC (“PJM”) in 2014.  The D.C. Circuit held that FERC’s approval of the rules was adequately explained and within its statutory authority under the Federal Power Act.  In particular, the D.C. Circuit rejected assertions from various environmental, clean energy, and public utility petitioners that the new capacity market rules unduly discriminated against variable energy resources. Continue Reading D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenges to PJM’s Capacity Market Rules, Including Year-Round Requirement Impacting Renewable Energy Generators

On April 8, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), on voluntary remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit”), reaffirmed its approval of an exemption of up to 200 MW of renewable resources from ISO New England Inc’s (“ISO-NE”) minimum offer pricing rule (“MOPR”) in ISO-NE’s Forward Capacity Market (“FCM”). Barring further legal challenges, the renewables exemption will remain effective as of June 1, 2014.

Continue Reading FERC Reaffirms Renewables Exemption to ISO-NE MOPR on Voluntary Remand from the DC Circuit

On May 22, 2012, FERC issued an order allowing Rock Island Clean Line LLC (“Rock Island”), a subsidiary of Clean Line Energy LLC, to allocate up to 75 percent of its planned capacity on a proposed transmission line to anchor customers before conducting an open season for the remaining capacity.  However, in the same order, the Commission denied Rock Island’s request to favor renewable energy projects for the remaining quarter of transmission capacity on the proposed line.  Continue Reading FERC Approves Anchor Tenant Proposal, Denies Preference for Renewables