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Group wants FERC to begin evaluating approaches to developing offshore wind transmission

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A group that includes wind power developers Shell and Ørsted and transmission and storage developer Anbaric Development Partners wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin evaluating a full range of approaches for ensuring the build out of the transmission infrastructure needed to harness the full potential of the country’s offshore wind generation.

The group expressed its desire in a letter to FERC Chair Richard Glick that was reported by David Foxwell for Riviera Maritime Media.

“It is essential that FERC, states, and [regional transmission organizations/independent system operators] develop robust long-term policies that do not delay the development of offshore wind generation,” the group said in the letter.

FERC held a technical conference about offshore wind integration in RTOs/ISOs last October. At the end of the conference, FERC staff said the commission would be issuing a notice providing an opportunity for interested persons to submit post-conference comments.

“We write to request that the Commission move forward with the issuance of that notice,” the group said in the letter.

The group also includes the Advanced Power Alliance; the American Clean Power Association; Americans for a Clean Energy Grid; the American Council on Renewable Energy; The Business Network for Offshore Wind; Duke Energy; and Tufts University.

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Bob Meinetz on Feb 16, 2021

Peter, I have no idea why Shell, Ørsted, and Anbaric Development feel FERC would ever "begin evaluating a full range of approaches for ensuring the build out of the transmission infrastructure needed to harness the full potential of the country’s offshore wind generation."

That is not what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does. FERC has no role in choosing technologies or promoting one kind of energy over another. It is a regulatory agency - that's all. If anything, they would prosecute the kind of market manipulation renewables interests are known for - anti-competitive practices like "renewable energy certificates", or allowing markets to prioritize renewables over other forms of generation.

As a matter of fact, "ensuring the build out" of the country's offshore generation - i.e. tilting the competitive playing field to benefit Shell, Ørsted, and Anbaric Development - is the antithesis of the commission's purpose. Their letter will go nowhere.

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