April 19, 2014
PJM, FERC at Senate Hearing
PJM, FERC Defend Reliability Efforts in Senate Hearing
PJM and FERC were summoned to Capitol Hill last week to defend their actions to ensure reliability — FERC in response to sabotage concerns, PJM in the wake of an extraordinary winter that featured more near calamities than a James Bond movie. -more-
IG Faults FERC on Leaked Sabotage Report
FERC lacks proper controls for handling classified national security information, the Department of Energy’s Inspector General said. -more-
Now Comes The Hard Part
Now Comes the Hard Part
EPA Secretary Gina McCarthy continued her charm offensive in advance of the agency’s greenhouse gas rules for existing power generators, acknowledging that the tough work is only just beginning. -more-
RTOs Weigh Role in GHG Compliance
PJM is ready to help its 13 states meet EPA's pending greenhouse rules, the RTO's chief economist told a Bipartisan Policy Center forum last week. -more-
FERC, CFTC Reject Due Process Complaints
Top enforcement officials at FERC and the CFTC assured energy lawyers they respect the due process rights of investigative targets, rejecting allegations that they have employed heavy-handed tactics. -more-
Planners Near Artificial Island Pick
PJM is close to naming a developer to fix the Artificial Island transmission stability problem, with LS Power’s proposal for an overhead crossing of the Delaware River holding on as the lowest-cost choice. -more-
FERC Rejects Con Ed Challenge on Tx Upgrade
FERC rejected Con Ed's attempt to avoid paying for a major transmission upgrade in northern New Jersey but suggested it might order PJM to recalculate the company’s bill. -more-
PJM, MISO Consider Interchange Optimization
PJM is proposing a MISO scheduling product similar to the PJM-NYISO Coordinated Transaction Scheduling solution that gained conditional FERC approval in February. -more-
PJM-IMM Plan on FMUs Faces Generator Opposition
PJM and the IMM have reached agreement on a way to reduce the number of Frequently Mitigated Units eligible for “adders” but their proposal faces heavy opposition from generation owners. -more-
Plant Retirement Could Spur $148 Million in Tx Upgrades
PJM says it may have to spend $148 million on grid upgrades if the B.L. England Generating Station is unable to proceed with its natural gas repowering plan. -more-
PJM Airs Plan for Winter Generator Tests
PJM took its first step toward requiring cold weather testing of generators, briefing the Operating Committee last week on a proposed problem statement it hopes will result in improved preparedness next winter. -more-
PJM Seeks Better Data on Residential DR
Stakeholders will attempt to develop more accurate measurement and verification of residential demand response under a problem statement approved by the MIC. -more-
PJM Considers New Rules on Defaults
PJM is considering new rules to address issues raised by the collapse of two retail marketers in January. -more-
Stakeholders OK Changes on DR, Weather Alerts
Stakeholders endorsed manual changes to implement dispatch rules for demand response and lessons learned from the extreme weather of the last year. -more-
Generator Survey Finds Fuel, Environmental Limits Curb Flexibility
Fuel procurement and environmental limitations are the top obstacles to increasing the flexibility of PJM’s generating fleet, according to survey results released last week. -more-
Rule Changes Clarify Synch Reserve Aggregation
Stakeholders endorsed rule changes to clarify that generation owners providing Tier 2 synchronized reserves will be measured in the aggregate when PJM evaluates their performance under a new penalty structure. -more-
PJM Plans Sept. 23 Grid Drill
PJM is planning a system-wide drill Sept. 23 to simulate simultaneous physical attacks on critical substations, cyber attacks and loss of SCADA. -more-
Black Start Deficiencies Covered for 2015
Stakeholders are still considering revisions to black start compensation following the rejection of two proposals in March, but zones currently identified as deficient won’t be in jeopardy when generation retirements rise in spring 2015. -more-
PJM Drops Interchange Ramp Plan
PJM has dropped a plan that would have allowed dispatchers to cut interchange ramp limits in order to reduce price volatility and uplift. -more-
Transmission Briefs
Calpine announced SPS to accommodate Susquehanna-Roseland construction while PPL posted new line designations. -more-
Company Briefs
News briefs on companies in PJM Interconnection: this week we focus on AEP, Dominion, Exelon, FirstEnergy, and NRG. -more-
Federal Briefs
News briefs on the federal agencies that impact those doing business in PJM's footprint. This week, we highlight the FERC, CFTC, the Energy Information Administration, the Department of Energy, and Congress. -more-
State Briefs
News briefs from the states within the PJM footprint. This week we include Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. -more-
Winter 2013-14 FERC Conference:
PJM May Offer Firm-Fuel Premium
PJM is considering boosting its capacity payments to nuclear plants and others with firm winter fuel supplies, the RTO told a FERC technical conference Tuesday. -more-
States Seek Answers to High Prices
The winter’s high gas and power prices have busted budgets and left state regulators and consumer advocates scrambling for answers. FERC says it has seen no evidence of market manipulation. -more
Winter 2013-14 by the Numbers
PJM wasn’t the only place the winter of 2013-14 made its mark in the record books. MISO, the Southwest Power Pool and NYISO all hit all-time winter peaks during January’s polar vortex, while ISO New England came up just short. -more
Looking Ahead: Winter 2014-15
A look at how MISO and the Northeast RTOs are planning to cope with winter 2014-15. -more

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