How Catastrophic is Perry’s NOPR for Renewables?

Last week, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to come up with a new way to pay coal and nuclear power plants more than other power generators (renewables and natural gas) for the energy they generate. The additional revenue would be in recognition of the coal and nuclear power plants’ ability to be “resilient” power sources, which the NOPR defines as having a 90-day stockpile of fuel onsite.

Immediately a number of problems were identified with the NOPR. First, the memo requests an accelerated timeline to implement the new rule and a bevy of unlikely energy industry allies (including wind, solar, natural gas and petroleum stakeholders) filed a motion requesting an extension of the comment period among other items. Second, the NOPR is purportedly seeking grid resiliency but fails to address the grid itself, instead focusing on the generation side of the electricity industry.

Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mark Dyson is an expert who studies grid resilience as part of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab. He offered his thoughts on what the NOPR means for renewable energy.  Watch below.

The Department of Energy is accepting industry comments about the NOPR at this link.

Lead image: Wind turbines. Credit Pixabay.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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