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June 13, 2024
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Rosner, See Clear Senate to Fill out FERC
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The U.S. Senate confirmed two of President Joe Biden’s three nominees, David Rosner and Lindsay See, to FERC and is poised to take a final vote on Judy Chang. 
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NERC's Standards Committee held its quarterly in-person meeting at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.
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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.
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The five projects in the MISO-SPP JTIQ portfolio, extending from the Dakotas and Minnesota down to Kansas and Missouri.
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SPP Board Adds Final OK to JTIQ Cost Framework
SPP’s Board of Directors has added its approval to a proposed tariff revision that establishes a cost-allocation framework for projects in the JTIQ with MISO.
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The ISO Board of Governors approved staff's proposed Interconnection Process Enhancements on June 12.
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CAISO Board Approves Interconnection Enhancements Proposal
The CAISO board unanimously approved the ISO’s Interconnection Process Enhancements proposal, the product of more than a year of stakeholder engagement and troubleshooting.
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DTE Energy's retired Trenton Channel coal power plant is shown in 2023.
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DTE to Replace Historic Coal Plant with Batteries
With a capacity of 220 MW and 880 MWh, the Trenton Channel Energy Center is expected to be the largest standalone battery storage site in the Great Lakes region when completed in 2026. 
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Idaho Power has cited implementation of the EDAM access charge as an important factor before it fully commits to the market.
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FERC Approves EDAM Tx Revenue Recovery Plan
FERC approved CAISO tariff revisions that will allow transmission owners to recover transmission revenue shortfalls attributed to transitioning their assets into the Extended Day-Ahead Market.
Xcel Wins FERC Waiver of MISO Interconnection Rules on Coal-to-Solar Plan
FERC authorized an exception to MISO’s interconnection rights transfer process, allowing two Xcel Energy subsidiaries to cooperate on a replacement of a coal-fired plant with a solar farm.
NYISO Board/MC Briefs: June 11, 2024
Emily Chen, an analyst with FERC’s Office of Energy Market Regulation, gave a briefing on Orders 1920 and 1977 to members of the NYISO Management Committee during a joint meeting with the ISO’s Board of Directors. 
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Goff Consulting's Eric Goff has represented the joint commenters' interest during the NOGRR245 conversation.
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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.  
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.
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The ceremonial groundbreaking for TerraPower's advanced reactor in Wyoming on Monday.
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Bill Gates’ TerraPower Breaks Ground on Advanced Nuclear Plant
TerraPower broke ground on its Natrium reactor demonstration project in Wyoming, making it the first advanced reactor to enter construction.
Can US Automakers Hit 65.1 mpg by 2031?
The new standard sets regular 2% increases in fuel efficiency for passenger cars ― sedans and SUVs ― per year between the 2027 and 2031 model years, rising from 60 mpg to 65.1 mpg.
Paper Examines How to Properly Value DER Grid Contributions
The use of distributed energy resources can reduce grid costs, delay system upgrades, authors contend.
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NE Generators Propose Financial Assurance Changes
NEPGA and CPV offered amendments to ISO-NE’s proposed changes to the financial assurance provisions for the Forward Capacity Market.
Clean Energy Groups Respond to ISO-NE Order 2023 Filing
ISO-NE’s Order 2023 compliance filing received mixed responses in comments from a range of clean energy stakeholders, drawing support from several large trade associations along with protests from multiple companies.
PJM PC/TEAC Briefs: June 4, 2024
PJM stakeholders received updates on the RTO's plan for long-range transmission planning and utilities' supplemental projects to deal with growing data center load.
PJM MIC Briefs: June 5, 2024
PJM’s Market Implementation Committee endorsed by acclamation a proposal to add two energy market parameters for economic demand response.
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PJM OC Briefs: June 6, 2024

PJM presented its Operating Committee with a set of revisions to Manual 12 regarding fuel assurance requirements for black start resources.

NV Energy’s estimated cost for its Greenlink North and Greenlink West transmission projects has grown from $2.484 billion in 2020 to $4.239 billion.
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NV Energy IRP Describes $1.76B Cost Jump for Greenlink Projects

Rising costs of materials and labor and an increased use of H-frame structures as an environmental mitigation have contributed to a $1.755 billion increase in the projected cost of NV Energy’s Greenlink transmission projects.

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Peak demand in the summer has been increasing steadily in the West over the past four years, according to WECC.
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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 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.
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.
Projected demand and resources for summer across each of SERC's subregions.
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SERC Reports Sufficient Resources in Summer Assessment
SERC Reliability's Summer Reliability Assessment indicated all subregions have adequate resources to meet demand this summer.
Dallas city officials say it will take about a month to clean up the storm's damage.
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Extreme Weather Workshop Hit by Extreme Weather
Severe thunderstorms knocking out power to 1 million Texans did not stop attendees at a NERC-EPRI workshop on a draft standard addressing extreme weather’s effects on transmission planning.

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From left: Connecticut PURA Chair Marissa Gillett, Vermont PUC Chair Ed McNamara, Maine PUC Chair Phil Bartlett, Massachusetts DPU Chair Jamie Van Nostrand and Josh Ryor, managing director of the Connecticut PURA.
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State Regulators Discuss Affordability, Utility Incentives at NEECE
Top utility commissioners from four New England states emphasized the need for regulatory innovation to preserve affordability amid the clean energy transition at the New England Energy Conference and Exposition.
FERC Chair: States not Benefiting from Grid Projects Won’t Pay — Period
Speaking at the Exelon Innovation Expo, Phillips stressed FERC Order 1920's innovative approach to long-term planning for regional transmission, with a focus on reliability, affordability and sustainability. 
BOEM Clears Way for Central Atlantic Wind Lease Auction
BOEM has determined its planned lease of Central Atlantic wind energy areas would have no significant environmental impact.
Lithium-ion Batteries to Replace NYC Peaker Plant
A developer has committed to replacing a fossil-fired peaker plant with a lithium-ion battery system that will, for a while, be New York City's largest.
Lyle Rawlings, president of the Mid-Atlantic Solar and Storage Industries Association, said he has a “long-standing gripe' over the amount of money New Jersey has committed to offshore wind infrastructure while it has “has never spent a dime on infrastructure to encourage solar.”
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NJ Master Plan Speakers Seek Sweeping Electrification Plan
Clean energy supporters argue the next New Jersey energy master plan should be an aggressive and broad embrace of electrification and generate enough money to help pay for clean energy projects and protect ratepayers.
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore signs an executive order calling for a series of accelerated actions to cut the state's greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2031. The signing took place in Baltimore on June 4.
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Maryland Governor Creates Climate Subcabinet
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) signed a sweeping executive order calling for the state to establish a zero-emission heating equipment standard and a new clean heat standard to be added to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.