MendoCoastCurrent, March 20, 2009
Yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), led by Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, filed this FERC Smart Grid Policy Statement introducing a proposed Smart Grid, interoperability standards with an interim period rate plan. FERC has invited comments by May 1, 2009.
FERC offered this summary:
This proposed policy statement and action plan provides guidance to inform the development of a smarter grid for the nation’s electric transmission system focusing on the development of key standards to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems. The Commission also proposes a rate policy for the interim period until interoperability standards are adopted. Smart grid investments that demonstrate system security and compliance with Commission-approved reliability standards, the ability to be upgraded, and other specified criteria will be eligible for timely rate recovery and other rate treatments. This rate policy will encourage development of smart grid systems.
This FERC policy statement explores aspects of the proposed smart grid and electricity transmission especially as it relates FERC’s assumed areas of jurisdiction. Push back may come from overlapping agencies, states and local municipalities, suggesting FERC benefiting in creating fair, inclusive, environmentally-safe, smart grid energy policies based on a transparent rulemaking period to obtain best direction as well as understand ensuing issues, overlaps and disputes.
As renewable energy policy is nascent, and as generated electricity comes from remote lands, FERC’s Smart Grid energy policies has relevance to every technologist, environmentalist, stakeholder and supporters of the renewable energy world.