FERC Staff to Hold Technical Conference on Wholesale Markets and State Policies

On May 1-2, 2017, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff will hold a technical conference to discuss the impact of state policies on wholesale energy and capacity markets operated by the Eastern Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). According to the Notice of Technical Conference, “Over the years, the rules underpinning competitive wholesale markets have evolved to address a myriad of issues while ensuring the reliable delivery and sale of electricity at just and reasonable rates. In recent years, there has been increased interest by state policy makers to pursue policies that prioritize certain resources or resource attributes. Because the wholesale competitive markets, as currently designed, select resources based on principles of operational and economic efficiency without specific regard to resource type, there is an open question of how the competitive wholesale markets, particularly in states or regions that restructured their retail electricity service, can select resources of interest to state policy makers while preserving the benefits of regional markets and economic resource selection.”

The technical conference is intended to foster “further discussion regarding the development of regional solutions in the Eastern RTOs/ISOs that reconcile the competitive market framework with the increasing interest by states to support particular resources or resource attributes.” For more information, visit the FERC website

For information on the discussions taking place in New England on Integrating Markets and Public Policy (IMAPP), visit the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) website. IMAPP discussions, launched by NEPOOL in August 2016, are intended to identify potential changes to the region’s wholesale electricity markets to accommodate the public policy goals of the New England states, namely their carbon reduction and renewable energy goals.

Last month, the Chair of NEPOOL’s IMAPP process announced that further meetings on IMAPP will be deferred until May 2017 to give ISO New England time to identify a conceptual market approach that could be implemented in the near term and to provide states additional time to further analyze the various long-term proposals discussed in the IMAPP process to date.