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FERC sets technical conference, solicits comments on impact of cold weather on RTOs

From the March 28, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 28, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
In addition to an April 1 technical conference, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will take written comments until May 15 on the impacts of recent cold weather events on regional transmission organizations and actions taken to respond during those occurrences. The technical conference, which will be webcast, will feature three panels: RTO representatives; stakeholders; and state regulators.

The commission’s agenda for the technical conference calls for each RTO to "explain: (1) the steps it took to prepare for the cold weather events; (2) the operational conditions leading into the day-ahead; (3) the operator actions taken to address events prior to day-ahead, day-ahead, and in real-time; (4) the information that was available from and provided to natural gas pipelines, natural gas marketers, electric generators, customers, and others, as appropriate; and (5) how it accounted for that information as part of its operations."

Stakeholders are encouraged to highlight any short-term operational, fuel procurement, or other changes that may be necessary before next winter, as well as "their views on any long-term improvements needed in the future more generally."


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