On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) titled “Refinements to Policies and Procedures for Market-Based Rates for Wholesale Sales of Electric Energy, Capacity and Ancillary Services by Public Utilities.”  Recognizing that the current Order No. 697 market-based rate program imposes administrative burdens on applicants that may outweigh the benefits in certain circumstances, the NOPR proposes to make several changes to simplify the Commission’s market-based rate program for wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity and ancillary services.
Continue Reading FERC Issues NOPR to Simplify Market-Based Rate Program Administrative Burdens

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing blanket waivers of its Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS) and Standards of Conduct requirements for any public utility that is subject to those requirements solely because it owns, controls or operates Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (Generator Tie Lines) and sells electric energy from its Generating Facility.  FERC proposes to find that requiring the filing of an OATT is not necessary to prevent unjust or unreasonable rates or unduly discriminatory behavior with respect to Generator Tie Lines over which FERC could order interconnection and transmission services pursuant to Sections 210, 211 and 212 of the Federal Power Act (FPA).
Continue Reading FERC Proposes Blanket Waivers for Generator Tie Lines and Safe-Harbor Period for Priority Rights to Excess Capacity