Over the past few months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has held a series of technical conferences across the country to explore the potential impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. While FERC’s technical conferences covered a broad array of issues, reliability emerged as a key topic. Two reliability-related proposals in particular were discussed by a number of speakers: the reliability assurance mechanism (RAM) and the reliability safety valve (RSV). These mechanisms have been proposed by several stakeholders in their comments to the EPA, including the ISO/RTO Council, PJM, Ameren, and others. Stakeholders have proposed that FERC play a significant role in implementing either or both of these mechanisms.
Following on from the questions and issues raised during FERC’s technical conferences, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a half-day technical workshop in Washington, D.C. to delve into the details of designing and implementing an RSV and/or RAM.
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Hon. Colette D. Honorable
Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Director of Air Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Hon. James W. Gardner
Vice Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission, on behalf of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Vice President-Federal Government Policy, PJM Interconnection, on behalf of the ISO/RTO Council
Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council’s Sustainable FERC Project
Executive Director for Environmental Issues, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
William H. Spence
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, PPL Corporation, on behalf of the Edison Electric Institute
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group