By Amanda Durish Cook
The provision would allow storage-as-transmission assets (SATA) to pursue consideration in all classes of RTO transmission projects, including baseline reliability, market efficiency and multi-value projects, as well as market participant-funded upgrades.
During a Planning Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday, MISO Director of Planning Jeff Webb said the RTO would work with stakeholders on full Tariff revisions through May.
The rules would apply only to storage assets functioning strictly as transmission. Those assets would be able to bid for all transmission project types and be eligible for any associated MTEP cost allocation methodologies. MISO had originally proposed that SATA only be allowed to solve transmission reliability needs but changed course last month at the urging of stakeholders. (See MISO Opens Storage Proposals to All Tx Project Types.)
However, some stakeholders from the Transmission Dependent Utilities sector still contend that storage should be restricted to solving just reliability needs.
“Our feeling is that this is a significant expansion of the [original] scope,” WEC Energy Group’s Chris Plante said. “Expanding this to market efficiency projects is perhaps a bit much in the first phase of this.”
“The reason we’re doing this is stakeholders implied it was discriminatory to carve out reliability services from the FERC policy statement,” Webb said, adding that he didn’t think it appropriate for MISO to “call the shots” on the types of transmission projects available to storage.
MISO currently has “at least one” battery up for evaluation in MTEP 19 to solve a reliability issue, Webb said.
“I think it’s going to be challenge,” Webb said of the SATA modeling and selection process. “I think it’s a reality that we may never select a storage facility, and by that I mean [meeting] the planning, modeling and evaluation process. … We’re going to have to have a compelling reason to provide cost-based recovery, cost allocation to a storage device that can also provide market services.”
The draft language also notes that MISO is not yet detailing how a storage asset could function as both transmission and generation. “Subsequent phases of policy development will address those issues necessary to permit mixed-mode operation of providing both transmission and market services,” MISO said. Webb called the language a “temporary prohibition” and said future discussion would focus on how SATA could also maintain a market presence.
But some members asked if MISO would leverage fully charged SATA during a maximum generation event to avoid shedding load.
“I think that’s an extremely interesting question. I think MISO would be doing a disservice if they didn’t take advantage of that,” WPPI Energy’s Steve Leovy said. “I think we should use fully charged batteries to avoid load shedding whether they formally have the title of … SATA.”
“I’ll have to think about that,” Webb responded. “What we would not want to do is use the resource as a generation asset to relieve a resource adequacy issue.” He said MISO would probably use the asset merely to resolve transmission constraints in order to keep the lines between generation and transmission distinct.
No non-TO Authorization
MISO’s draft proposal also stipulates that SATA can be owned only by those designated as transmission owners. It did not address last month’s proposal by DTE Energy to allow non-TOs’ storage assets to be eligible for cost recovery for providing transmission services. (See “Non-TO-owned SATA?” MISO Opens Storage Proposals to All Tx Project Types.)
After the February discussion, PAC leadership determined that DTE’s request raised complicated and out-of-scope cost-recovery questions. They directed the topic to the Steering Committee, where new topics in the stakeholder process are assigned to corresponding committees.
“We were really interested in seeing the follow-up to that discussion,” Clean Grid Alliance’s Rhonda Peters said.
“This has other elements beyond even treating storage as traditional transmission or generation. People can disagree with that assessment on our part,” Webb said.