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Pella asks FERC to enforce settlement, order MISO to pay for generation needed for reliability

From the November 1, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published November 1, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director

The city of Pella, Iowa, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) to compensate the municipal utility for operation of its generation in support of the grid, including to secure reliability and maintain voltage. A 2012 settlement with MISO and MidAmerican Energy, which was approved by FERC, requires MISO to compensate Pella’s behind-the-meter generation when it is operated to maintain transmission grid reliability, the municipal utility said in an Oct. 23 complaint.

In addition to seeking enforcement of the settlement, Pella asked the commission to find that MISO violates the Federal Power Act by unjustly and unreasonably refusing to compensate Pella for operating generation for grid support. MISO’s refusal "is inconsistent with the Federal Power Act, good utility practice and, Pella submits, common sense insofar as it may preclude Pella from operating its generation to benefit grid reliability," the utility said. "Pella cannot reasonably be asked to operate its generation for reliability and voltage support without its being paid."



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