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SPP News
SPP Staff Plan on Kansas Transmission Project Fails to Win MOPC Endorsement
SPP staff’s recommendation that the RTO approve a 21-mile 115-kV line from Walkemeyer to North Liberal as part of a reliability solution in southwestern Kansas failed to win stakeholder endorsement last week.
Wind Waiver Rejected; SPP Members will Revisit Assumptions
SPP members last week rejected a request for a waiver from a rule barring base plan transmission funding for wind generation projects that push wind’s share of capacity above 20% of summer peak load.
ITP10 to Include 3 Scenarios for Clean Power Plan
SPP’s next 10-year transmission plan will consider three future scenarios to assess the potential impact of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
FERC Backs Oklahoma Coal Unit on EPA MATS Delay
Operators of an Oklahoma coal-fired generator seeking a temporary reprieve from the EPA mercury rule received an assist from FERC.
FERC Rejects Rehearing Request on SPP Order 1000 Filing
FERC rejected LS Power’s request for rehearing on SPP’s Order 1000 procedures and accepted the RTO’s December compliance filing.
SPP MOPC OKs New Rules for Calculating Mitigated Offers
The SPP MOPC last week approved new rules on how mitigated offers will be calculated for generators that fail market power tests.
SPP Markets & Operations Policy Committee Briefs
A round-up of news from the SPP Markets & Operations Policy Committee on April 14-15, 2015.
PJM News
Settlement over Duke Energy Companies’ Move to PJM Approved
FERC approved an uncontested settlement over the 2010 move by two Duke Energy subsidiaries from MISO into PJM.
FERC Upholds VEPCO Obligation to Purchase Solar Energy from Small QFs
FERC denied a request by VEPCO to terminate its obligation to purchase electricity from nine North Carolina solar facilities.
PJM MRC/MC Preview
Our summary of the issues scheduled for votes at the PJM MRC and MC on 04/23/15. Each item is listed by agenda number, description and projected time of discussion, followed by a summary of the issue and links to prior coverage.
‘Quick Hit’ List at PJM-MISO Seam Narrowed to 4 Projects from 39
MISO and PJM said last week they will pursue four “quick hit” flowgate projects that show promise in relieving market-to-market congestion.
Consumers Energy, Wolverine Power OK’d to Reclassify Facilities as Transmission Assets
FERC approved requests by two Michigan electric utilities to reclassify a number of distribution facilities as transmission assets.
MISO Seeks Stakeholder Input on Out-of-Cycle Process amid Entergy Controversy
MISO has launched discussions that could lead to refinements in its procedures for handling out-of-cycle requests.
FERC Rejects Ginna Rates, Orders Settlement Proceeding
FERC on Tuesday rejected the rate schedule proposed for the struggling Ginna nuclear power plant and ordered hearing and settlement proceedings.

FERC Denies Rehearing Requests on NYISO Order 1000 Compliance Filing
FERC accepted most of NYISO’s and New York Transmission Owners’ second compliance filing for Order 1000 while denying multiple requests for rehearing.
FERC Clarifies NYISO ICAP Market Power Mitigation Order
NYISO said a 2012 FERC order was unclear with respect to the comparison made between the default offer floor and unit net cost of new entry in determining the offer floor.
FERC Rejects New England Power Tx Tariff
FERC rejected tariff revisions submitted by New England Power, saying they would allow the company to exceed the commission’s limits on transmission returns on equity.
FERC & Federal News
Bay Promotes Gasteiger, Parkinson at FERC
FERC Chairman Norman Bay named Larry Gasteiger as his chief of staff and Larry Parkinson as the director of Enforcement.
FERC Briefs
FERC issued new reliability standards, denied rehearing on business practices and communication protocols and ordered a new format for electronic filing of required reports.
Company Briefs
News briefs on companies doing business with RTOs.
Federal Briefs
News briefs on the federal agencies that impact RTOs.
State Briefs
News briefs from the states within the footprint of RTOs.