FERC Defends Plant Payments In New England At D.C. Circ. – Law360

Law360 (February 10, 2021, 5:09 PM EST) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday that New England could face electricity shortages on cold winter days in the near future, necessitating the approval of a regional grid operator’s plan to pay power plants to store fuel and thus increase much-needed grid reliability.

FERC defended its approval last year of a program by Massachusetts-based ISO New England, a regional transmission organization, that would pay coal, oil, nuclear, biomass and hydroelectric plants to store fuel for use during the upcoming 2023–24 and 2024–25 winters to guard against supply shortages. That program, FERC said, properly balanced the threat of fuel…

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