FERC issues decision in dispute over system support for Edwards coal unit

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a July 22 decision accepting in part and denying in part matters related to a dispute over a System Support Resource (SSR) designation for the coal-fired Edwards Unit 1 in Illinois.

On July 5, 2013, AmerenEnergy Resources Generating Co. (Ameren Generating) filed a complaint against the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), which was supplemented by Illinois Power Marketing Co. (Illinois Power Marketing) and Illinois Power Resources Generating LLC (Illinois Power Generating) on Feb. 20, 2014. The complaint concerns compensation under System Support Resource (SSR) agreements, pursuant to MISO’s Open Access Transmission, Energy, and Operating Reserve Markets Tariff, specifically as it relates to compensation for the provision of SSR service under two unexecuted SSR agreements for the Edwards Unit No. 1 generating facility.

“In this order we deny in part and grant in part the Complaint, as supplemented by Illinois Power’s February 20, 2014 Supplement, effective on the date of this order, and require MISO to submit a compliance filing within 60 days of the date of this order,” said the FERC decision. “We also establish hearing and settlement judge procedures. As discussed further below, this order also addresses the level of compensation and other issues related to the two unexecuted SSR agreements and associated rate schedules filed by MISO for SSR service provided by Edwards Unit 1, as well as institutes a [Federal Power Act] section 206 proceeding in Docket No. EL14-53-000 and establishes a refund effective date to require MISO to revise its Tariff to adequately describe the technical study process by which MISO is to evaluate whether potential SSRs are needed for reliability purposes. Last, the order denies a pending request for rehearing.”

Edwards Unit 1 is a 90-MW coal-fired steam boiler generator located in the Peoria area of Illinois. Based on an Attachment Y Notice of retirement, MISO notified Ameren in December 2012 that MISO had designated Edwards Unit 1 as an SSR unit until the completion of transmission reinforcements in December 2016.

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