FERC approves market authority for Southern unit with distributed solar projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 15 approved an Oct. 31 application from 2016 ESA Project Co. LLC for market-based rate authority with an accompanying tariff.

The market-based rate tariff provides for the sale of energy and capacity at market-based rates. 2016 ESA Project requested waivers commonly granted to similar market-based rate applicants. 

2016 ESA Project is constructing, and will own and operate a portfolio of distributed-energy generation facilities with an aggregate generation capacity of approximately 50 MW located in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), PJM Interconnection, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and ISO New England (ISO-NE) markets, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) balancing authority area, and the Balance Authority Area of Northern California (BANC).

2016 ESA Project is wholly owned by 2016 ESA Holdco LLC, which is an indirect subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) and is affiliated with several entities that own generation facilities.

2016 ESA Project will be a Category 2 seller in the Southwest region. 2016 ESA Project meets the criteria for a Category 1 seller in the Central, Northeast, Northwest, SPP, and Southeast regions.

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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.