Regulating Resilience: A Summary of FERC Filings for Docket No. AD18-7-000

by Elta Kolo, Ph.D., Colleen Metelitsa

In early January 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected the Department of Energy’s notice of proposed rulemaking seeking baseload cost recovery for generators with 90 days of fuel on-site, arguing that these assets are providing reliability and resilience to the grid. Within the same proceeding, FERC initiated Docket No. AD18-7-000, Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing, “to specifically evaluate the resilience of the bulk power system in the regions operated by regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs). In this order, we direct each RTO and ISO to submit information to the Commission on certain resilience issues and concerns identified herein to enable us to examine holistically the resilience of the bulk power system.” FERC has directed ISOs and RTOs to address a set of questions on resilience. Initially, filings were due within 60 days, at the start of April. Since this docket is coming at a particularly busy time for FERC and not all industry groups have submitted their comments, the deadline has been extended to May 9, 2018.

This research insight summarizes the ISOs and RTOs filings submitted to FERC at the beginning of March 2018. Across filings, there is a clear theme of system operators highlighting existing agenda items that are now being categorized as critical to ensuring resilience in their territory. These agenda items are currently in a filing process or stakeholder processes, or will be filed with FERC by the end of 2018.


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Elta Kolo, Ph.D. Research Manager, Grid Edge

Elta is a Research Manager for the Grid Edge team at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint Ph.D. funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her doctoral studies, she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds a Master of Science degree in economics and management of network industries and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College.

Colleen Metelitsa Analyst, Grid Edge

Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice, where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

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