My review of FERC Order 2222
- Sep 20, 2020 8:09 pm GMT
This weekend I had time to review FERC Order 2222 in its entirety and I have to say, FERC really invested itself in trying to resolve/remove obstacles to allow Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to participate in RTO/ISO wholesale markets by providing grid services needed for reliability, system balancing, and other grid functions. The most interesting aspect of the order, IMO, is the extent to which FERC is requiring RTO/ISO's to cooperate, coordinate and collaborate with State regulators and Utility companies operating within their respective control areas. I view this as a very positive action. Way back in 2009, while working for ISO New England, I presented ISO-NE's vision of the Smart Grid to the NIST SGIP and highlighted areas that are in need of attention; command and control coordination/interoperability among control entities was a key requirement, in order to prepare for the Smart Grid. I'm happy to see that Order 2222 takes aim at many of these issues and a truly smart grid now has a much needed catalyst, in order 2222, to advance forward. I also want to mention that FERC invested a significant effort to review, evaluate and respond to the massive amount of comments that were received in this proceeding and IMO hit the sweet spot in the attempt to balance these concerns and comments received with the need to properly accommodate a grid in transition. Here is a high level excerpt from Order 2222 listing the items covered in the order:
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