PJM Market Monitor: State Plant Subsidies Threaten Power Markets Foundations

PJM Market Monitor: State Plant Subsidies Threaten Power Markets Foundations

Mar 15, 2017

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

On 3/14/17, UtilityDIVE reported that, according to the most recent State of the Market Report from Monitoring Analytics, PJM’s market monitor, the “PJM Interconnection’s wholesale energy and capacity markets are competitive, but face a growing threat from of out-of-market solutions and subsidies such as zero-emission credits (ZECs).” “The report says that the ‘market paradigm’ and the ‘quasi-market paradigm’ of generation subsidies are mutually exclusive, and that the quasi-market paradigm will skew market outcomes and, once implemented, will make it ‘virtually impossible’ to return to a competitive market. Monitoring Analytics argues that PJM’s current protection against non-competitive offers, the minimum offer price rule (MOPR), needs to be expanded to include existing generating units, as well as new generation, immediately.” More also at PJM Monitor Concerned About State Subsidies 

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