DER

The public is soon going to have a seat at the top federal energy regulatory table. Even though Congress asked for this a long time ago (in 1978), only recently in the COVID omnibus bill did this Office of Public Participation (OPP) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) finally get a budget. There is...
DER

Voltus, a demand response program aggregator, issued a formal complaint to FERC in October 2020. The complaint states that the ability for MISO states to “opt-out” of wholesale demand response programs is harming the company. This Voltus complaint may look like it pertains mostly to demand response, but if renewable developers look closely they might...
Storage

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee has made it clear all year that he is stepping down from the regulatory body. He finally gave the exact date of his exit. In a Twitter post and statement on the FERC website, McNamee revealed September 4 will be his last day on the job. “Since I announced...
Storage

On July 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that states cannot ban distributed energy resources (DERs) located on their electrical distribution networks and retail systems from participating in wholesale markets. The opinion, which was filed by Circuit Judge Wilkins states: In this consolidated action, the Court must once again referee...
Solar

A group of unidentified participants called the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) has filed a petition with FERC asking the governing body to take over jurisdiction of net-metering renumeration for homes and businesses that install solar in the US. Net-metering allows homeowners and businesses that install solar to sell the excess solar they produce (any...