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Grid Operators to Request Extension on FERC DERs Aggregation Compliance Filing

During a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) virtual session on February 9, 2021, several parties, including state regulators, regional transmission organizations (RTOs), and other stakeholders, expressed concerns regarding the implementation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Order 2222 on distributed energy resources (DERs) aggregation in regional organized wholesale electricity markets. Among the list of challenges, a too-short timeline was cited as a problem the wholesale markets are facing in the effort to implement the federal rule intended to bring more DERs online.

Ted Thomas, Chair of Arkansas Public Service Commission, stated: "FERC, when issuing Order 2222, left many of the most difficult challenges to be dealt with by the RTOs in their stakeholder process.” He added: "The issues are very challenging. The time is also short."

Kelli Joseph, Senior Advisor at Power Edison, stated: "It's really unfortunate, I think, that [system planning guidance] was completely left out of this order.”

The current timeline is for the compliance filings to be due to FERC on July 19, 2021, but it is now anticipated that some RTOs and their stakeholder groups will request an extension.


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