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Rao Konidena found Rakon Energy LLC because Rao is passionate about connecting clients to cost-effective solutions in energy consulting, storage, distributed energy resources, and electricity...

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I am closely following FERC Commissioner appointments lately due the regulatory role FERC has over the RTOs and ISOs. 

This latest Biden appointment to FERC is timely since we may have situations in future when FERC Commissioners would vote 2-2 on key regulatory developments.

I am focused on how FERC Commissioners would decide on NYISO and CAISO FERC Order 2222 compliance filings. Next would be, PJM and ISO-NE filings. After that, MISO and SPP filings are due.

FERC also has an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) out on transmission planning and generator interconnections. It would be interesting to see how this new FERC would shape future RTO planning. Would FERC give more role to RTOs in planning?

This new FERC under Chairman Glick also established an Office of Public Participation, to see public comments on FERC matters.

 

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Matt Chester on Sep 14, 2021

Thanks for sharing your insights, Rao. Since you follow these appointments so closely-- how often do the nominees come from an expected list of names or are they typically pulled from the ranks of the unknowns (even to energy wonks)?

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Rao Konidena on Sep 14, 2021

Matt,

I don't say that I have insights into the FERC appointments from this White House.
What I do know is, lately with the natural gas pipeline cases and RTO's role in interconnecting renewables - there is increased attention.
Like any Federal agency, FERC's commissioners are appointed by the President but need confirmation by the Senate.
The public hears from the nominee when the Senate Committee on Energy meets.
For the most part, these Senate hearings are not controversial unlike Supreme Court appointments for instance.

To answer your question specifically, most names are known to the industry in one form or the other.

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