FERC Chair Outlines Paths for Power Market Reforms ahead of Technical Conference

FERC Chair Outlines Paths for Power Market Reforms ahead of Technical Conference

Apr 20, 2017

by Margarita Fournier; Copyright 2016 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

On 4/19/17, UtilityDIVE reported on the concerns of the acting FERC Chair Cheryl LaFleur that “states may back themselves into an unplanned re-regulation of their power markets,” if there is no negotiated solution to generation subsidy issues. “Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., LaFleur outlined the pressures facing wholesale power markets in the Eastern United States, noting that many of the states that deregulated their electricity sectors in the 1990s are the same ones pursuing generation subsidies… Ensuring continued confidence in the market model is the motivation behind FERC’s upcoming technical conference on generation subsidies, which is scheduled for May 1 and 2. In her speech, LaFleur laid out three general directions the conversations could take, while cautioning that any concrete action from federal regulators could not be taken until new FERC commissioners are confirmed by the Senate, giving the commission the quorum it needs to make decisions.” A recent article discusses similar problems in Texas.

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