Cadwalader: FERC to Hold Technical Conference to Address Reliability

By Ken Irvin and Sohair Ahmadi

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or "Commission") announced that it will hold a technical conference, open to the public, on November 29, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on November 30, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to discuss issues regarding reliability of the bulk power system.[1] This technical conference is most likely in response (at least partially) to mounting pressure from Capitol Hill for FERC to address reliability concerns that may be caused by increased regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA").  See Murkowski Seeks Answers from FERC on EPA Regulation's Impacts on Reliability.

Further, on October 6, 2011, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power ("Subcommittee") requested additional information from the Commission to "assist the committee in gathering critical information concerning the potential impact of EPA's recent and pending power sector rules on the reliability of [the] nation's electric grid."[2] According to the Subcommittee, it is unacceptable for FERC not to conduct any formal analysis on the potential impact of EPA's regulations on electric reliability.

The Commission announced that this technical conference will address, inter alia, emerging issues including reliability concerns that may result from compliance with new EPA regulations.  The Commission will issue the agenda for the conference at a later date.

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[1] Notice of Technical Conference, Docket No. AD12-1-000, October 7, 2011, available at http://ferc.gov/EventCalendar/Files/20111007135931-AD12-1-000TC1.pdf

[2] See Energy and Power Subcommittee Continues To Press Federal Regulators on Electric Reliability Concerns, Press Release, October 6, 2011 available at http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=8990

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