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February 21, 2020
NEM's 23rd Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference

NEM will convene its 23rd Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference on April 8-10, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. An agenda is forthcoming. You may use this link to register.

FERC Decisions on Buyer Side Mitigation Market Measures

FERC issued a series of decisions regarding NYISO's buyer-side mitigation (BSM) market rules. As explained by FERC, NYISO's buyer-side market power mitigation rules work as follows, "unless exempt from mitigation, new capacity resources must enter the New York City or G-J Locality Installed Capacity (ICAP) markets (mitigated capacity zones) at a price at or above the applicable offer floor and continue to offer at or above that price until their capacity clears 12 monthly auctions. A new entrant can be exempted from the offer floor if NYISO determines that it passes either “Part A” or “Part B” of the mitigation exemption test. Under Part A, NYISO will exempt a new resource from its buyer-side market power mitigation if its capacity price forecast for the first year is higher than the default offer floor. Under Part B, NYISO will exempt a new resource from its buyer-side market power mitigation if the price forecast for the average of the next three years is higher than the net cost of new entry (CONE) of the new resource."

FERC issued an Order denying a complaint filed by the NYPSC and NYSERDA that argued that the NYISO BSM market rules are "unjust, unreasonable, and unduly discriminatory" because the rules limit electric storage resources’ entry and participation in NYISO’s capacity market and interfere with federal and state policy objectives. In rejecting the complaint, FERC reasoned that,

"While the Complainants note various energy and environmental policies in New York, they fail to demonstrate that the unmitigated entry of electric storage resources in NYISO’s mitigated capacity zones would not result in the suppression of capacity prices. Mitigation of electric storage resources in New York does not divest New York State of its jurisdiction over generation facilities or its authority to set generation-related environmental goals. New York State remains free to pursue its environmental objectives through its regulation of electricity generation. Where state policies allow uneconomic entry into the capacity market, the Commission’s jurisdiction applies, and we must ensure that wholesale rates are just and reasonable. Therefore, we find that the application of buyer-side market power mitigation to electric storage resources in NYISO appropriately protects the capacity market from the price suppressive effects of resources receiving out-of-market support while preserving the cooperative federalism approach established under the FPA."

In a separate decision, FERC decided that NYISO’s proposed 1,000 megawatt cap on the renewable resources exemption did not comply with prior Commission directives. FERC directed NYISO to make a further compliance filing to ensure the exemptions for both renewable and self-supply resources are narrowly tailored to exempt only those resources the Commission has determined should be exempt.

The full texts of the FERC Orders are available on the NEM Website.

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Staff Revised Draft Energy Rules

Staff has prepared a third revised draft of modifications to the Commission's energy rules in anticipation of a stakeholder meeting on March 10th and 11th. Of particular note, the draft converts what were previously expressed as renewable energy "goals" into standards. Specifically, the proposed rules would require the electric utilities to satisfy a renewable energy standard of at least 45% of its retail kwh sales to be derived from renewable energy resources by 2035. The proposed rules also require the electric utilities to satisfy a clean peak standard which requires at least 30% of its retail kwh sales during the time of monthly coincident peak to be derived from clean energy resources by 2035. In addition, the electric utilities would be required to satisfy the renewable energy standard with a 10% distributed renewable storage requirement by 2035. The full text of the Draft Rules is available on the NEM Website.

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