United Mobilizes Coalition to Improve Generator Interconnection in New England

Posted by Alex Lawton on Jun 6, 2024 3:21:18 PM

Stakeholders Press ISO-NE on Connecting Clean Energy Resources 2

When FERC issued Order 2023 requiring an overhaul to interconnection processes, clean energy advocates lauded it as a crucial first step in addressing overdue reforms. Inefficient interconnection processes for integrating new clean energy resources onto the grid present arguably the biggest current bottleneck in the energy transition, threatening both grid reliability, affordability, and states’ abilities to meet their climate and energy policy requirements. While a lot of work to fully rectify interconnection in New England will remain even after Order 2023 reforms are implemented, compliance with this Order marks a crucial milestone towards a more efficient, equitable, and expedient interconnection process. 

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Topics: State Policy, Wholesale Markets, Transmission

Unpacking FERC Order 1920: A Deep Dive into Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation

Posted by Caitlin Marquis on May 30, 2024 2:00:00 PM

In Webinar, FERC Talks “Relay Race” to Order 1920 1

The recently finalized Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) transmission planning and cost allocation rule—known as Order 1920—represents a pivotal moment in the regulatory landscape of energy infrastructure in the United States, which we expect will launch the nation towards a more holistic planning approach for our country’s transmission grid.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Transmission

FERC Order No. 1920: Planning for the Transmission System of Tomorrow

Posted by Mike Haugh on May 22, 2024 2:57:08 PM

Landmark Rulemaking Sets Path for Improved Grid Reliability 2

America has not been building the kind of transmission lines it needs to reliably and cost-effectively power our grid, and a major part of the problem has been our short-term, just-in-time planning process. On May 13, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released Order No. 1920, meant to modernize the transmission planning process by viewing the system through a wider lens to plan for and construct the transmission system we need for the future.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Transmission

NESCOE and ISO-NE Trailblaze on Transmission Planning and Procurement Ahead of FERC Ruling

Posted by Alex Lawton on Apr 18, 2024 10:00:00 AM

New Procurement  Framework to  Deliver Future Grid for New England

With the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) much-awaited final rule on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation imminent, New England’s grid operator, ISO-NE, quietly prepared to file at FERC its own hugely consequential, self-initiated Longer-Term Transmission Planning (LTTP) reforms. The problem it seeks to address? With peak demand for electricity set to double to 51 – 57 GW in the region by 2050, planners recognize the current grid’s transmission capabilities are ill-equipped to ensure reliability while handling the transition to an emissions-free electricity sector. ISO’s LTTP filing establishes a framework for procuring, building, and funding transmission projects and follows the inception of a new paradigm for long-term electric system planning. Combined, these solutions promise to propel us towards the much-needed build-out of the future grid and help us reach urgent state energy and climate policy requirements. In recognition, Advanced Energy United, along with a number of other allied organizations, wrote to ISO-NE and the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), commending their efforts while urging them to leverage this process as soon as it is effective.   

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Transmission

New Report Shows Most RTOs Struggling with Generator Interconnection

Posted by Caitlin Marquis and Doug Pietrucha on Mar 7, 2024 10:30:00 AM

Will FERC Order 2023 be Enough to Fix Interconnection

Currently, over two million megawatts of generator and storage projects are actively seeking to connect to the U.S. transmission grid. The process to connect these proposed projects to the grid so they can start generating electricity—called “generator interconnection”—is outdated, slow, unpredictable, and sorely in need of reform. The 2024 Advanced Energy United Generator Interconnection Scorecard is the first-ever attempt to evaluate each of the seven regional transmission system operators on their generator interconnection processes. 

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Transmission

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