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June 22, 2024
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Study Claims Powerex Backing Markets+ to Benefit from Divided West
Current day-ahead market "leanings" of balancing authorities across the West
Renewable Northwest
A new study commissioned by Renewable Northwest says Powerex is poised to benefit if the West ends up divided between CAISO’s EDAM and SPP’s Markets+.
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Aurora Energy Research
Report Shows Wide Range of Data Center Demand Scenarios for Virginia
Growing demand from Northern Virginia’s Data Center Alley could outpace the power industry’s ability to keep up, according to a new report by Aurora Energy Research.
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OMS-MISO RA Survey capacity totals through the 2029-30 planning year with the 2.3 and 6.1 GW annual addition assumptions
OMS and MISO
OMS-MISO RA Survey: Potential 14-GW Capacity Deficit by Summer 2029
A relatively low turnout of constructed capacity in recent years could deepen a potential 1-GW capacity deficit in summer 2025 to more than 14 GW by summer 2029, MISO and OMS revealed in a five-year projection.
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Performance and inventory statistics for the North American grid in 2023
NERC
NERC State of Reliability Report Notes Progress, Challenges in 2023
NERC's 2024 State of Reliability Report noted resilience in the face of extreme weather last year, along with growing rates of generator forced outages.
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TVA is planning to install a GE Hitachi BWRX 300, pictured here, at its Clinch River site.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
DOE Announces $900M to Kick-start Small Modular Nuclear Pipeline

The new federal funding is aimed at building market confidence that the U.S. nuclear industry will be able to incorporate the lessons learned at Vogtle to deliver a new round of safer, more efficient SMRs on time and on budget.

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MISO and SPP interconnection queue totals
MISO and SPP
MISO Readies JTIQ Filings, Hints at More Tx Portfolios with SPP
Two years after announcing its $1.8 billion Joint Targeted Interconnection Queue transmission portfolio with SPP, MISO is putting final touches on FERC filings to make it happen.
CAISO Kicks off Stakeholder Process for Pathways Initiative
CAISO kicked off the West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative stakeholder process required to shift the ISO’s governance structure to an independent entity within the Extended Day-Ahead Market.
FERC Order 1920 Sees Wide-ranging Rehearing Requests

FERC has received rehearing requests on Order 1920 ranging from stakeholders who just want to see a few tweaks, to those who prefer the commission trash the entire order and start over.

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NERC's RSTC met at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle
SounderBruce, CC-BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
NERC: ITCS to Become ‘Road map’ for Grid Studies
NERC staff say the Interregional Transfer Capability Study will lay "important groundwork" for future reliability assessments.
NERC Committee Seeks Focus in Busy Standards Projects
NERC's Standards Committee worked to keep order in a packed slate of standards development projects this week.
Renewable Developers Oppose Proposed ERCOT IBR Rule
Several renewable energy developers are opposing ERCOT stakeholders’ approval of a controversial rule change that would impose voltage ride-through requirements on IBRs.  
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NY Sets Strategy to Reach 6 GW of Energy Storage
The New York PSC approved a roadmap to reach the state's goal of 6 GW of energy storage by 2030.
NY Opens Land-based Renewable Energy Solicitation
New York has launched its eighth large-scale renewable energy solicitation, seeking proposals for land-based projects to help the state meet its emission-reduction goals.
Renewable Development Faces Regulatory Tangle
Two new reports examine the profusion of local and state regulations affecting renewable energy development.
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Pole deterioration on Eversource's X-178 Line in New Hampshire
Eversource
ISO-NE PAC Briefs: June 20, 2024
ISO-NE announced its plans to increase the transfer limits of three interfaces in Maine at the Planning Advisory Committee’s meeting.
FERC Accepts Results of New England Capacity Auction
FERC has accepted the results of ISO-NE’s forward capacity auction 18, finding the auction was run according to the rules of ISO’s tariff and protests submitted by climate activists were outside the scope of the proceeding.
ERCOT Board Chair Foster Steps Down
Paul Foster, who chaired ERCOT’s first Board of Directors under new rules established in the aftermath of 2021’s disastrous winter storm, announced he is stepping down.
NYISO: Prepared for Heat Dome Scorching New York
NYISO said it is prepared to meet demand during an extreme kind of heat wave called a heat dome that is already spiking temperatures to near 100 degrees Fahrenheit in western New York.
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Order 1920 Rehearing Requests from States Seek Bigger Role in Tx Planning
The states that filed for a rehearing of FERC Order 1920 on transmission planning and cost allocation either argue the federal regulator is overstepping its authority or want changes to the order to ensure it doesn’t upset ongoing regional planning efforts.
PJM
EIA: Dispatch of Coal Generation Falls in PJM
Analysis from EIA finds the average runtime for PJM coal-fired generators has declined sharply over the past decade because of increasing fuel and start-up costs.
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NOGRR245 went through many red-lined versions.
ERCOT
ERCOT TAC Endorses Rule for Inverter-based Resources
ERCOT stakeholders and staff came to an agreement on a rule change that imposes voltage ride-through requirements on IBRs.
NPCC Predicts Adequate Electricity Supply this Summer
NPCC said all subregions should have adequate supply to meet demand this summer despite recent generation retirements.
WECC Flags Hydro in BC, SW Heat as Potential Summer Concerns
Extreme heat in the Desert Southwest and low hydro in the Northwest could pose reliability problems for the Western Interconnection this summer, although the region doesn’t face an alarming risk for grid emergencies, WECC officials said.
USEA Event Looks into Addressing Growing Data Center Demand
Data center expansion is a major part of the power industry’s return to demand growth around the country, and the United States Energy Association hosted a webinar with industry leaders on how the sector’s growth will play out. 
NERC's Level 2 alert targets owners of grid-connected IBRs including solar, wind and battery facilities, as well as transmission planners and planning coordinators.
Babcock Ranch
NERC Targets IBR Modeling Concerns in Level 2 Alert
NERC is requesting a range of information on inverter-based resource modeling because of a series of grid disturbances in recent years.
NOAA
SPP: Enough Generation to Meet Summer Demand
SPP says it will have enough generation to meet energy demand despite higher regional temperatures this summer, according to its biannual seasonal assessment.

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Use of fossil gas and fuel oil for heating in Vermont has been decreasing at a greater rate than the need for heating, while propane use has been increasing.
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Vermont Heating Fuel Sales Decreasing in Recent Years
Vermonters are using less fossil fuel for heat in recent years, partly because winters have been trending warmer but also because more buildings are relying on electric heat pumps. 
NJ Electrification Bill Stirs Opposition
A bill that would require New Jersey utilities to offer building electrification incentive programs sparked more than two hours of heated debate.
Decade of Strong Growth Forecast in Offshore Wind Sector
A GWEC report indicates 75.2 GW of capacity had been installed worldwide by the end of 2023 and predicts 410 GW of additional capacity will be installed in the next 10 years.
Why Gene Rodrigues Came out of Retirement to Lead DOE’s Office of Electricity
After 23 years at Southern California Edison and eight as a consultant at ICF International, Gene Rodrigues was four months into retirement in 2022 when he got a call from the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity.
From left: Penni Conner, Eversource; Larry Susskind, MIT; Gretchen Kershaw, DOE; Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, New Roots AME Church, and Moderator Janet Gail Besser
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New England Stakeholders Talk Community Engagement at Roundtable
Early and meaningful engagement with host communities will be an essential component of expediting energy permitting and siting processes, panelists said at a New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable.
Advisory board members of the California Energy Commission's  Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan say funds for zero-emission vehicle infrastructure should be more equitably allocated.
California Energy Commission
Calif. Clean Transportation Program Needs Equity Emphasis
California must find ways to allocate more of its funding for ZEV infrastructure to disadvantaged communities, according to an advisory committee for the Energy Commission's Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan.