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US FERC orders grid operator to change interconnection requirements


n a decision affecting the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s interconnection process, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered the grid operator to change its rules so that all classes of interconnection customers are required to make a key payment.
FERC’s order, issued Thursday, grew out of a complaint by EDF Renewable Energy, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America and Invenergy that argued MISO unfairly requires …

ERCOT to face more wind, RMR issues: GCPA panelists


In future, high wind capacity factors that diminished wholesale power prices in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas this summer might not prevail, and increasing generation retirements are likely to force more reliability-must-run decisions on ERCOT grid managers.
Those are a couple of the points made during Tuesday morning discussions at the Gulf Coast Power Association’s Fall Conference in Austin, Texas.
“It was cheap and windy,” said …

Summer (and maybe winter) of discontent for US power markets

Platts – The Barrel

by Eric Wieser
For the wholesale power markets, summer and winter typically grab the bulk of traders’ attention as loads can push the limits, which can result in bouncing power prices.
This past summer, temperatures in the lower 48 states came in as the fifth warmest in the 122-year period of record, tying 2006, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
So one might expect hot weather drives demand, which in …

FedEx Announces 2017 General Rate Increase & Other Changes


By Rob Martinez
In a somewhat surprising move to industry analysts, FedEx has announced shipping rate and surcharge changes for 2017 that do not match those announced September 1 by rival UPS.
FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight, subsidiaries of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), will increase shipping rates effective January 2, 2017 as follows: …

Appeals court upholds FERC California power crisis market manipulation findings


The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s finding that five energy companies manipulated California’s power markets in 2000-01 was upheld Thursday by a federal appeals court.
FERC has ordered the companies to pay more than $200 million in refunds and penalties, but that finding is being challenged separately.
“The panel held that FERC reasonably interpreted the …

MISO stakeholders question market project priority rankings


Midcontinent Independent System Operator stakeholders have questioned the results of a survey regarding the priorities assigned to various market issues in a draft 2016 Market Roadmap, which is used to develop a work plan for market enhancements. …