FERC schedules four conferences on impacts of the Clean Power Plan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Jan. 6 that it will hold four technical conferences in February and March as part of its review of the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants by 30% by 2030.

As announced in the Notice of Technical Conferences issued on Dec. 9, FERC will hold a series of conferences to discuss implications of compliance approaches to the Clean Power Plan. The technical conferences will focus on issues related to electric reliability, wholesale electric markets and operations, and energy infrastructure.

The commission will hold a National Overview technical conference on Feb. 19 in the commission meeting room in Washington, DC. Following the National Overview technical conference, the commission will hold three regional conferences on the following dates:

  • Western Region, Feb. 25, Denver, CO
  • Eastern Region, March 11, Washington, DC
  • Central Region, March 31, St. Louis, MO

At the Feb. 19 national meeting, a representative from the EPA will provide an overview of the proposed Clean Power Plan. There will be a session to discuss how to sustain reliability as states and regions develop their plans to comply with the proposed rule. This panel will focus on how state, regional, and federal plans for compliance could affect grid operations, the tools available to identify potential reliability impacts, and how reliability planning processes and compliance planning efforts can becoordinated to address potential issues. Another  session will focus on potential infrastructure needsthat may arise from state or regional compliance approaches, and how any infrastructure needs can be met in a timely manner in order to ensure system reliability.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.