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    1. FERC Steps Up Efforts to Support Integration of Energy Storage Technologies Into Wholesale Power Markets

      FERC Steps Up Efforts to Support Integration of Energy Storage Technologies Into Wholesale Power Markets

      As momentum builds for wide-scale development and deployment of electric energy storage technologies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been taking a fresh look at how it can facilitate the integration of energy storage resources into wholesale electric markets. Advancements in energy storage technology and the ability of these resources to improve grid reliability and efficiency have been the primary drivers of FERC’s initiatives. Until recently, the only technology widely used for energy storage was pumped storage hydro, which can only be economically developed where there is viable geography, topology and a significant discrepancy between on-peak and off-peak power costs. In 2014, pumped hydroelectric resources represented approximately 98 percent of the over 22 gigawatts of installed electric storage capacity in the U.S.

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      Mentions: California U.S. ESA
    2. Massachusetts DOER to Set Energy Storage Targets

      Massachusetts DOER to Set Energy Storage Targets

      On December 27, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that it is prudent for the Commonwealth to adopt an energy storage target for electric companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by January 1, 2020. The next step in the process is for DOER to adopt energy storage systems targets by July 1, 2017. To assist DOER in determining “the appropriate target scale, structure and mechanisms for the energy storage systems targets,” DOER has requested stakeholder input by January 27, 2017.  

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      Mentions: DoE Massachusetts
    3. FERC Announces Significant Opportunities for Energy Storage Providers

      FERC Announces Significant Opportunities for Energy Storage Providers

      On April 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it will expand its evaluation of ISOs/RTOs policies that could lead to revolutionary changes in the energy storage industry.  Specifically, FERC is evaluating those changes to market rules and tariffs that may be required for energy storage resources to participate fully in an ISO’s/RTO’s capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets. 

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      Mentions: FERC
    4. FERC Proposes Creating Frequency Response Market

      FERC Proposes Creating Frequency Response Market

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to revise its regulations to foster competition in the sale of primary frequency response service. FERC seeks comments by April 27, 2015 on this initiative, including the sale of primary frequency response service at market-based rates.  This is the most tangible step in FERC’s ongoing efforts to ensure the adequate supply of this essential reliability resource.

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      Mentions: FERC
    5. California Investor-Owned Utilities Launch 2014 Energy Storage RFOs

      California Investor-Owned Utilities Launch 2014 Energy Storage RFOs

      On December 1, 2014, California's three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs)—Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E)—issued Requests for Offers (RFOs) for a total of approximately 95 MW of energy storage in California. These RFOs are the first competitive solicitation under California's AB 2514 energy storage procurement program, which requires the IOUs to procure a total of 1.325 GW of energy storage resources by 2020.

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    6. D.C. Circuit Grants Motion to Stay Issuance in Order No. 745 Cases

      D.C. Circuit Grants Motion to Stay Issuance in Order No. 745 Cases

      As we previously reported, on May 23, 2014, the D.C. Circuit vacated FERC’s Demand Response Order No. 745,  holding that the order (1) exceeded FERC’s jurisdiction, and (2) was arbitrary and capricious, particularly in its failure to address Commissioner Moeller’s arguments that the order overcompensates demand response resources.1  FERC, several States, and various industry representatives sought rehearing en banc, but the court denied all petitions for rehearing on September 17, 2014.2 On October 20, 2014, the D.C. Circuit granted FERC’s motion to stay issuance of the mandate in the consolidated cases regarding Order No. 745, pending FERC and the Solicitor General’s consideration of whether to file a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court.  The D.C. Circuit stated that it will withhold issuance of the mandate in these cases until December 16, 2014, which constitutes the 90-day maximum allowable stay period under the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and D.C. Circuit Rules.

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      Mentions: FERC PJM Viridity
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