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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 13, 2018

Colleagues, 

Our meetings with FERC Commissioners or their staff is on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC.

Here’s our confirmed meeting schedule:

10:30 Commissioner Powelson

11:00 Commissioner Chatterjee’s staff

1:30   Commissioner Glick

2:00 Chairman McIntyre’s staff

3:30   Commissioner LaFleur’s staff (commissioner likely to participate schedule permitting)

Our briefing memo is available here and the meeting discussion points are available here.  Thanks to Rob Gramlich and Michael Goggin for help wth the memo.  The policy issues are complex, and the commissioners’ decisions will have an impact of the states’ renewable energy future.  Rob and Michael helped write a concise and readable briefing memo for those of you who may be new to FERC’s policy work.

Several coalition states (Montana, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas) are cited as states with significant transmission congestion.

FERC’s recent request for comments on the grid resiliency closed last week.  The request was largely triggered by Secretary Perry’s threat to use a provision in the Energy Policy Act to bail out uneconomic generators.  The comments received by FERC reinforces the timeliness of the governors’ message to the commissioners in their November letter.

The purpose of the meetings is to begin building relationships with the commissioners and senior staff.  It’s our hope that these meetings will be the prelude to substantive meetings with the commissioners and governors during the NGA winter meeting beginning on February 22, 2019.  

As we mentioned, you’re participation in the meetings is welcomed and your travel costs will be reimbursed if you wish to attend.  Please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to join us.

Thanks for all your help and support. 

Larry & David

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