The American Public Power Association and several other public power entities have thrown their support behind a challenge to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders made by various load-serving entities that rely on transmission service from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator.
The California Independent System Operator on Dec. 12 said that Seattle City Light has signed an agreement for the public power utility to participate in the western energy imbalance market, or EIM, beginning in April 2019.
An updated capacity, demand and reserves report released Dec. 15 by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas anticipates more rapid growth in electricity demand than previously projected. As a result, reserve margins in the next several years have dropped compared to earlier forecasts, but remain sufficient to support system reliability, ERCOT said.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is hoping to convene a technical conference that would address how wholesale competitive markets can adjust or be adapted to various state initiatives tied to the selection of resources, said Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on Feb. 14.
On Feb. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral argument in multiple challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's orders approving the PJM Interconnection's "Capacity Performance" revisions to its capacity market and energy market rules.
The Midcontinent ISO, California ISO and PJM Interconnection all say they expect to have adequate power to meet the demand for electricity this summer.