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RTO Insider: Groups Seek to Head off ISO-NE EE Changes

Posted by Michael Kuser on Feb 20, 2019

RTO Insider reported on proposed ISO-NE EE changes that could potentially negatively impact energy efficiency resources. This article focuses largely on a petition AEE filed with Sustainable FERC to FERC on the ISO New England Issue. See excerpts below and the entire RTO Insider (subscription) story here:

Advanced Energy Economy and the Sustainable FERC Project last week petitioned FERC for a declaratory order regarding ISO-NE’s possible attempt to retroactively apply new performance standards that would affect the eligibility of energy efficiency resources participating in the RTO’s capacity market. 

The petitioners also asked the commission to clarify the appropriate process for changing the terms of market eligibility for EE resources…The Feb. 13 filing cited a series of recent phone calls made by ISO-NE staff to Forward Capacity Market participants with qualified EE capacity resources. During those calls, staff members said that the RTO intends to change how it measures the demand reduction value of EE resources for participation in the FCM. 

“ISO-NE staff indicated that the ISO may potentially do so retroactively and without seeking commission approval for these changes, even though the contemplated changes could significantly change the quantity of the resources that have already qualified for, and cleared, the most recent Forward Capacity Auction, FCA 13,” the groups said...

“ISO-NE has created uncertainty about the methodology it will use to calculate demand resource values going forward, and this is causing real and continuing harm to the capacity market,” the petitioners wrote.

The RTO says the discussed changes are not a settled matter… 

See the complete RTO Insider (subscription) story here. The story was also covered by S&L Global here.

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