Michigan PSC appeals FERC orders related to System Support Resource deals

The Michigan Public Service Commission on March 9 filed a notice with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission saying that it has appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit several recent FERC orders related to System Support Resource (SSR) deals sought by the Midcontinent ISO.

SSRs basically involve monetary charges made to regional market parties to support a power plant that would otherwise be shut by its owner while compensating grid upgrade projects are carried out. The appeal filed with the court is actually a notice of appeal which doesn’t say specifically what the Michigan PSC is appealing. Details will come later.

In one appealed FERC order, dated Feb. 19, FERC addressed several proceedings related to the allocation of costs associated with the operation of SSR units under MISO’s Open Access Transmission, Energy and Operating Reserve Markets Tariff.

A Nov. 10, 2014, order by FERC that has also been appealed covered a request by MISO for a proposed SSR agreement between Wisconsin Electric Power and MISO for the Presque Isle coal-fired plant in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, which has been a particular area of SSR activity due to scarce transmission and generating capacity and several endangered power generating units.

Another appealed FERC order was from Aug. 21, 2014, and related to a MISO request for an SSR agreement with White Pine Electric Power LLC.

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