FERC NOPR on Integrating Renewable Energy Resources into the Transmission Grid

February 17, 2011

A combination of energy and environmental public policy initiatives has driven the rapid growth of variable energy resources (VERs) in the United States in recent years. The variability of VER generation output, however, makes it difficult to operate and plan bulk-power systems in real time, as well as in near-term and long-term operating and planning horizons. FERC and the industry have struggled to overcome these problems as more VERs have reached commercial operation.

On November 18, 2010, in Docket No. RM10-11-000, FERC promulgated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) meant to facilitate the integration of VERs into the bulk-power systems in light of, among other issues, the above complications.

Our webinar discussed:

  • FERC's proposed revisions to the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff and Large Generator Interconnection Agreement to facilitate the integration of VERs into bulk-power systems
  • Subject areas for which FERC has sought industry comment and feedback in the NOPR
  • Potential business and regulatory implications of the VER NOPR

Comments on the NOPR must be filed with FERC by March 2, 2011.