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FERC Approves First Two Orders to Implement Landmark Storage Rule

On October 17, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its first two approvals to grid operator plans to implement FERC Order No. 841, the energy storage rule that addresses wholesale power market barriers to electricity storage.

Order No. 841, adopted in February 2018, encourages wholesale power markets to efficiently integrate electric storage resources and enhance competition to benefit ratepayers. The order also requires each organized power market to revise its tariffs to further facilitate participation.

The first two approval orders address the compliance filings of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and PJM Interconnection (PJM), finding that the two market operators generally complied with the rule.

Although FERC accepted their filings, FERC stated a need for further action regarding the specific issue of minimum run-time requirements. FERC directed both SPP and PJM to submit further compliance filings within 60 days.


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