April 24, 2014
Billions at Stake in Capacity Market Challenge
Regulators, consumer advocates and the Market Monitor last week urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not to change a crucial rule for PJM’s upcoming capacity auction, warning that it would allow generators to exercise market power. -more-
Who’s to Blame for Negative Prices?
The wind industry is fighting back against Exelon's claims that it is responsible for negative energy prices that are contributing to nuclear plants' financial woes. -more-
Tiny Hydro Projects Joining Generation Mix in PJM
PJM’s newest hydropower project will be barely large enough to power nine homes. But if some visionaries have their way, it will be the start of a trend that could add up to substantial new power source. -more-
MRC/MC Preview
Our summary of the issues scheduled for votes at the PJM MRC and MC on 04/24/14. 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. -more-
FERC Rejects PJM Schedule Rules
PJM’s scheduling rules aren’t flexible enough to meet the needs of wind and other variable energy resources, FERC ruled last week. -more-
Company Briefs
News briefs on companies in PJM Interconnection: this week including Calpine Corp., Public Service Enterprise Group, Exelon Corp., Duke Energy Corp., PPL Corp. and Dominion Virginia Power. -more-
Federal Briefs
News briefs on the federal agencies that impact those doing business in PJM's footprint. This week, we highlight the EPA, the NRC, the Obama administration and congress, and the DC Circuit Court. -more-
State Briefs
News briefs from the states within the PJM footprint. This week we include Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. -more-
PJM, FERC at Senate
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-
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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