July 19, 2024

Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON)

Senate ENR Committee
Manchin not Ready to Give up on Bipartisan Permitting Bill
Sen. Joe Manchin rebuffed Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's assertion that permitting reform was dead in the current Congress during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on load growth from data centers.
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Groups Urge Inclusion of Cost Containment in FERC Tx Planning Rule
The clean energy and consumers groups endorsed a proposal requiring that transmission providers incorporate cost-benefit reporting mechanisms throughout their projects’ lifecycles. 
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Stakeholders Weigh in on RTOs’ Responses to Changing System Needs
RTO stakeholders presented FERC with a cornucopia of suggestions for dealing with electrification and the increasing penetration of renewables.
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RTOs, Utilities Push Back on Interconnection Deadlines, Penalties
RTOs and others opposed FERC's proposed penalties for missing interconnection study deadlines while generation developers balked at commercial readiness rules.
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EPSA Members Renew Call for Carbon Price; See Long ‘Bridge’ for Gas
Competitive power generators renewed their calls for a national price on carbon emissions while complaining of a lack of market support for gas generators.
Conservatives Tout RTOs over Regulations as Enviro Solution
A panel of conservative electricity market experts argued that markets work better than public policy at encouraging and developing clean energy resources.
Citizenz for a Responsible Energy Future
Consumer Groups Seek Congressional Study of Organized Markets
Public interest and consumer groups asked Congress to order an independent study on the impact of FERC wholesale market policies on costs and reliability.
Panelists: COVID-19 Impact on Tx Planning Unclear
The COVID-19 pandemic has added complexity to near-term electricity demand forecasting, but long-term impacts remain unclear, FERC commissioners heard.
PJM Industrials Challenge MOPR for Voluntary RECs
PJM industrial customers said buying and selling RECs shouldn’t count as subsidies in the capacity market, urging FERC to reconsider its definition.
FERC to Reshape PURPA Rules
In a setback for developers of small power projects, FERC launched a rulemaking to overhaul regulations under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

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