WIRAB Advice to FERC on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing NOPR (RM18-1) | October 2017

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On October 23, 2017, the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) submitted advice to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that expressed concern about the accelerated timeline use in the rulemaking process under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (U.S. DOE) Reliability and Resilience Pricing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). WIRAB recommended that FERC ensure that the procedural process used in the rulemaking adequately supports the development of a comprehensive and complete record.

Background: On September 28, 2017, the U.S. DOE issued a NOPR directing final action by FERC to impose rules on FERC-approved independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) to ensure that certain reliability and resilience attributes of electric generation resources are fully valued. The Secretary of the U.S. DOE directed the FERC to take final action within 60-days of publication of the NOPR. On October 11, 2017, the Commission published in the Federal Register the NOPR in Docket RM18-1 Grid Reliability and Resiliency Pricing.  To meet the 60-day timeline directive from the Secretary, the Commission established a 21-day initial comment period and a 15-day period for reply comments. On October 3, 2017 a group of energy industry associations filed a joint motion for an extension of time to provide comments in this docket. On October 11, 2017, the Commission denied the motion for an extension of time and moved forward on the original timeline established.