Publish Date: April 24, 2018
AEE submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asking DOE to reject FirstEnergy Solutions’ March 29 request for an order under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act.
The request from an owner of power plants operating in competitive wholesale electricity markets is for emergency financial support for a wide range of coal and nuclear plants across the PJM Interconnection (PJM) region, which stretches from Maryland to parts of Ohio.
AEE argued using section 202(c) authority this way to be unlawful because there is no imminent reliability or resilience emergency requiring immediate action; it would be inconsistent with DOE’s prior use of Section 202(c); it threatens to unravel competitive wholesale markets fostered by Congress and FERC; and it undermines energy technology innovation in those markets.
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