FERC Order 1000

What’s Next for FERC Order No. 1000?

by Carolyn Elefant on October 11, 2012

in FERC Order 1000

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about FERC  Order No. 1000.  It’s not that I don’t want to think about it (who could resist thousands of pages of FERC-y goodness?), just that up until today – October 11, 2011, the date that compliance filings are due – there wasn’t all that much going on.  The [...]

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I realize that it’s been nearly a month since FERC’s May 17, 2012 Order on Rehearing and Clarification of  Order No. 1000, FERC’s landmark transmission planning and cost allocation rule issued in July 2011. On rehearing, FERC essentially reaffirmed Order No. 1000 in its entirety thus paving the way for judicial review.  There are already [...]

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FERC’s long awaited resolution of the sixty-something pending rehearing requests is scheduled for the Commission Agenda for its upcoming May 19, 2012 meeting. I’m not predicting any significant changes from the original order — at this point, implementation is already underway — though FERC may clarify some minor points that some parties (or their attorneys) [...]

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At first blush, FERC’s December 14 ruling in BPA v. Iberdrola doesn’t have anything to do with FERC’s Order No. 1000. (By the way, our bundled product is still availablehere). BPA v. Iberdrola involved a complaint by a group of wind generators against BPA, alleging that BPA’s Environmental Dispatch Policy, which was designed to enable [...]

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A Picture is Worth a 1000 Pages of FERC Order No. 1000

by Carolyn Elefant on November 29, 2011

in FERC Order 1000

OK, so my headline isn’t entirely accurate: FERC Order No. 1000 weighs in at a svelte 682 pages and not 1000 as the title of this post would have you believe. Even so, even 682 pages is a lot of words. So it’s a true feat of engineering that the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) [...]

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Reviving PURPA’s Purpose

by Carolyn Elefant on October 21, 2011

in FERC Order 1000, PURPA

Once an innovative driver of renewables in the US, today PURPA often receives far less mention than its cooler green incentive cousins like the feed-in tariff, Section 1603 ITC cash grants or renewable energy credits (RECs). But even almost 35 years after PURPA’s enactment, many small power renewables and CHP projects still depend on PURPA’s [...]

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[Note - minor editorial updates as of 6 pm ET, 10/19/2011] Last year, I co-authored a report for the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) that analyzes the commerce clause implications for state renewable portfolio standards (RPS) that grant preference to in-state renewables. The Report laid out the criteria under which a court would evaluate constitutional [...]

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Update on FERC Order No. 1000 – Hill Hearings

by Carolyn Elefant on October 19, 2011

in FERC Order 1000

On October 13, 2011 the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to focus on federal transmission issues and the impact of FERC Order No. 1000 . Originally, the hearing was to have included an inquiry into the controversial DOE/FERC proposal to expedite transmission siting, but the topic was never addressed in light of [...]

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On October 11, 2011, FERC Order N0. 1000 took effect, starting the clock for the one year compliance deadline for utilities to submit transmission plans.  Rehearing requests on Order No. 1000 are proceeding on a parallel track, as are Congressional hearings into FERC’s plans for cost allocation and other issues related to implementation of the [...]

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Today marks roughly the 30th day since the first rehearing requests of Order No. 1000 began trickling into FERC.  So not surprisingly, FERC issued a  Tolling Order to afford itself more time to consider the issues raised.  Without the tolling order, FERC decisions, like that issued in Order No. 1000, automatically become final after thirty days [...]

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