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FERC Confirms UEC’s Authority to Build Transmission Line

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently ordered Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) to provide wholesale transmission service to a certain wind energy project, rejecting a protest by Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative that the action would encroach on its exclusive service territory. The proposed wind farm, located near Heppner, Oregon, would include up to 292...

Rural Cooperatives Shift Toward Cleaner Power Generation Mix

Low gas prices, the federal production tax credit and state renewables mandates are leading to a cleaner power generation mix for rural cooperatives. Specifically, wind power, natural gas and related technology innovation are dominating growth of cooperatives’ energy generation. According to the American Wind Energy Association, electric cooperatives added more than 900 MW of new wind...

NRECA Joins PJM Seeking Shutdown of FERC Floor Price Dispute

The NRECA has joined with PJM Interconnection LLC (PJM) and other utility groups to back the changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to the PJM proposal dealing with artificial price suppression on the grid.  PJM asked the D.C. Circuit to deny the grid’s power providers challenge to the plan.  PJM said Monday that it is fine with FERC’s changes and, therefore, the...

Appellate Court Upholds FERC Ruling Regarding “Right of First Refusal”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a rule preventing utilities from relying on a “right of first refusal” for transmission projects in Southwest Power Pool’s region, opening up competitive bidding.  Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. and other utilities sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December 2014, arguing that it gave up some transmission...

SCOTUS Gives FERC Approval to Reshape Power Markets

In a 6-2 vote, the justices held that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had authority under the Federal Power Act to issue the so-called demand-response rule, reversing the D.C. Circuit’s decision that the rule usurped state authority over retail electricity markets.  Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan said that demand response directly affects wholesale...

FERC Case Leads to Changes in MISO Auction Rules and Potential Consumer Refunds

Southern Electric Cooperative was a complainant in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case that led to the agency issuing an order to correct alleged market manipulation by Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator in connection with its 2015-2016 Planning Research...

Eighth Circuit Upholds FERC Rule on Coop Avoided Cost Rates

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld the long-standing determination by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the avoided cost rate paid by a distribution cooperative for energy purchased from a qualifying cogeneration or small power production facility (QF) is the same as the avoided cost rate of the distribution coop’s generation and transmission...

NRECA Urges FERC to Limit EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), a group representing over 900 private, not-for-profit electric cooperatives in the U.S., has urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to limit the impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan.  The proposal calls for cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from existing...

Federal Court Delays Mandate Overturning FERC Order 745

The federal court that recently overturned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) controversial Order 745, which required consumers be paid for using less power during high-demand periods, has granted FERC’s petition for a stay.  The federal court said it would delay its mandate until December 16.  During the stay, FERC could file a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme...

Federal Court Sides with Coops over FERC’s Demand Response Request

A federal court rejected a request from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to review its decision against a FERC demand response order.  FERC’s Order 745 issued in 2011 required that demand response participants in organized markets be compensated at full retail market price when they refrained from using electricity.  The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association...

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