The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff will hold a March 11 Eastern region technical conference to discuss implications of compliance approaches to the proposed Clean Power Plan, issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June 2014.
The technical conference will focus on issues related to electric reliability, wholesale electric markets and operations, and energy infrastructure in the Eastern region, said the commission in a March 4 notice that also includes the conference agenda. The March 11 session will be at FERC headquarters in Washington, DC.
The Clean Power Plan, due to be made final this summer, would reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants by 30% by 2030. Many coal-fired power plants would be shut due to the new rule, and existing combined-cycle gas plants would need to be run harder to make up for it.
Conference panelists include:
- Commissioner Elizabeth (Lib) Fleming, South Carolina Public Service Commission
- Commissioner Asim Haque, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
- Michael Kormos, Executive Vice President – Operations, PJM Interconnection
- Paul R. Newton, State President – North Carolina, Duke Energy
- John DiStasio, President, Large Public Power Council
- John Wilson, Director of Research, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
- James Frauen, Vice President of Technical Services & Development, Seminole Electric Cooperative
- Lathorp Craig, Vice President – ISO Operations, PSEG Energy Resources and Trade
- Seth Schwartz, President/Principal, Energy Ventures Analysis
- Jeff Burleson, Vice President, System Planning, Southern Company
- Johnny Casana, Regional Manager, Government & Regulatory Affairs, EDP Renewables
Some areas in the Eastern region face different challenges, including constraints in natural gas pipeline capacity, predicted coal-fired generation retirements, and increased reliance on natural gas, dual-fuel generation and/or renewable resources. Example questions related to that situation that will be addressed include: given these characteristics, are there unique infrastructure needs that must be met in order to comply with the proposed Clean Power Plan?; and if so, what are those needs and how will the region, or areas within the region, address the unique planning and infrastructure needs?