FERC wants feedback on electricity storage

30 juin 2010

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) is seeking feedback regarding recent developments in the field of electricity storage.

Electricity storage technologies like rare earth metal batteries, pumped hydro and pre-compressed gas turbines can increase the value of renewable assets, such as solar and wind, by making supply coincide with periods of peak consumer demand. For grid management purposes, electricity storage can also provide “ride-through” during outages, reduce harmonic distortions, and eliminate voltage sags and surges.

FERC is seeking stakeholder input regarding how FERC’s accounting and reporting requirements should account for the capital and operating costs associated with new electricity storage facilities.  FERC is also seeking guidance on the rate-setting treatment for facilities that serve multiple purposes, some in and some outside of FERC’s jurisdiction, as well as the regulatory implications of open-access electricity storage services.

Comments are due July 26, 2010.

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