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E&E News: 'Game-changer': FERC Order Opens Door for Renewables

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Sep 18, 2020

E&E News reported on a new FERC Order 2222 to remove barriers for distributed energy resources in wholesale markets, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and read the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.).

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday voted 2-1 to remove market barriers for rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources in a long-awaited move that could boost technologies including electric vehicles to "smart" appliances.

Republican Chairman Neil Chatterjee and lone Democrat Richard Glick championed the draft market rule, called Order No. 2222, lauding it as fueling the transition to a clean energy economy. Republican Commissioner James Danly, the only other sitting appointee, voted against the measure in a rare show of dissent with Chatterjee...

The order enables distributed energy resources, or DERs, to participate in regional wholesale energy markets, opening a new way for them to make money and potentially grow. DERs can include electric storage, distributed generation like solar, demand response programs, energy efficiency, thermal battery storage, electric vehicles and even smart appliances like dryers...

The new rule drew praise from across the renewable energy sector...

Jeff Dennis, managing director and general counsel for Advanced Energy Economy, called the order a "boon to American innovation that will save customers money while reducing carbon emissions..."

Read the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.)

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