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The Utility Planning and Investment Cycle

Dec 18 2020
The utility planning and investment cycle begins with planning to comply with Federal reliability standards, proceeds through Integrated Resource Planning reviews at the Commission level, then results in Siting Act proceedings to certificate the construction of new facilities.
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Wholesale Markets Opened to Small Energy Producers

Sep 28 2020
On September 17, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made it possible through aggregation for small solar, bio-mass, wind, storage, demand response and other distributed energy resources to bid competitively against large-scale utility power plants in regional power markets. FERC’s Order No. 2222 requires Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) and Independent System Operators (ISO) to allow aggregators to assemble distributed energy resources no matter how small into resource portfolios that they can bid into regional capacity, energy and ancillary services markets. The portfolios can be as small as 100 kW.