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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 17, 2019

To:                  State Representatives

From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative


Subject:           Agenda, Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, October 24, 2019


The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CT (9:00 MT, 8:00 PT, 11:00 ET).  The conference call number is 712-775-7270 and enter access code 998717#.  The proposed agenda for our call follows:


How Regional Transmission Organizations Address State Energy Policies and Capacity Markets — Larry Pearce


Derek Bandera, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) (invited)

Lisa Morelli, Pennsylvania New Jersey Maryland Interconnection (PJM)


In the field of electricity regulation, the primary goal of a capacity market is to ensure that sufficient power “capacity” exists in a region to maintain grid reliability and prevent blackouts. Unlike short-term energy markets, which help to manage the balance between energy supply and consumption on a daily basis, capacity markets look farther into the future. Capacity markets focus on whether the grid will have sufficient energy capacity to meet the predicted peak energy demand on any day of the year, which usually occurs during the hot summer months.

Centralized capacity markets are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the authority of the Federal Power Act. Several regional grid operators operating under FERC’s jurisdiction currently have capacity markets. They the PJM Interconnection and The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) — Rethinking Electricity Capacity Markets


FERC commissioner calls for ‘new approach’ to capacity markets in wide-ranging NARUC talk, Utility Dive

Coalition’s’ FERC PJM Letter (8-29-18)

How FERC can protect customers and respect state energy policy authority in its PJM capacity market proceeding, Utility Dive


Washington Update — David Terry


November’s monthly conference call is rescheduled to 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.