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FERC begins transmission reform process with issuance of ANOPR

Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) related to transmission reform. The ANOPR, titled Building for the Future Through Electric Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation...

FERC proposes further reforms to electric transmission incentives policy

Today’s supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposes to codify FERC’s current practice of granting a 50-basis-point increase in return on equity as an incentive for utilities that join a transmission organization.

FERC’s Office of Public Participation takes shape

The public is soon going to have a seat at the top federal energy regulatory table. Even though Congress asked for this a long time ago (in 1978), only recently in the COVID omnibus...
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It’s time to use accurate line ratings

As the power industry builds the future grid, past operating practices that have served the industry for decades will undergo appropriate and beneficial changes. Without mechanisms to minimize risks and increase rewards for implementing...

FERC seeking comment on foreign cybersecurity risks to U.S. bulk electric system

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking power industry comments on potential risks to the U.S. bulk electric system from equipment and services produced in countries considered as threats to national security. FERC announced...

FERC Commissioner McNamee will end tenure in September

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee has made it clear all year that he is stepping down from the regulatory body. He finally gave the exact date of his exit. In a Twitter post and statement on the FERC...

US groups launch “˜Macro Grid Initiative’ to integrate renewables and create resilience

Coming on the heels of an announcement out of Germany regarding its new transmission line that will bring offshore wind energy from its northern regions to its southern manufacturing centers, two groups in the U.S. have launched...