FERC Calls on Grid Operators to Review Resilience of Bulk Power System

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its decision on Energy Secretary Perry’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. FERC terminated the rulemaking process and initiated a new docket, calling on the nation’s grid operators to submit comments containing additional review of the resilience of the bulk power system. ACCCE issued the following statement in response by Paul Bailey, President and CEO.

“We are disappointed by FERC’s decision because the electricity grid could become less reliable and less resilient while more information is being collected.  Nonetheless we will continue working with FERC and ISO/RTOs to assure that wholesale electricity markets value the attributes of the coal fleet.  The recent bomb cyclone is a reminder why we need a healthy coal fleet.  Several grid operators relied on the coal fleet for more than 40% of the electricity this past week.”

 

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America's PowerJan 1 at 10:39am
Good point from FERC Commissioner Chatterjee at this week’s Bipartisan Policy Center event, while grid resilience is different from reliability, there are indeed significant threats to the resilience of our electric grid. See more from the event:
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