FERC sets workshop on reactive supply, frequency regulation and response

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a workshop to gather information on third-party provision of reactive supply and voltage control, and frequency regulation and response.

Although registration is not required for the April 22 workshop, those wanting to participate in the program should nominate themselves by March 14.

Reactive supply and voltage control, as well as frequency regulation and frequency response are among the ancillary services that hydroelectric projects can provide to transmission systems. FERC issued clarifications in February to its final rules to bring greater competition and transparency to markets for ancillary services to the transmission grid.

Under Docket No. AD14-7, FERC seeks input from interested parties regarding technical, economic and market issues concerning the provision of reactive supply and voltage control (Schedule 2), as well as frequency regulation and frequency response (Schedule 3).

Last year, in Order 784, FERC revised its regulations to foster competition and transparency in ancillary services markets. Among other things, it revised its regulations to reflect reforms to its policy established in the 1999 Avista Corp. case, in which FERC prohibited third-party market-based sales of ancillary services to transmission providers without a market study showing the seller lacks monopoly market power. FERC found technical and geographic requirements associated with Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 services precluded use of existing market power screens to the sale of those services. Instead, FERC applied other options such as price caps and competitive solicitations and said it would gather more information on technical, economic and market issues.

A notice of the April 22 workshop may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/CalendarFiles/20140220145801-AD14-7-000WS.pdf. Advance registration is not required but is encouraged at a website listed in the notice. Those wishing to participate in the program should nominate themselves no later than March 14 at another website listed in the notice.

Access to a free Internet webcast of the workshop may be obtained via FERC's calendar notice at http://www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?ID=7255&CalType= &CalendarID=116&Date=04/22/2014&View=Listview.

For information, contact Sarah McKinley, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of External Affairs, (1) 202-502-8368; E-mail: sarah.mckinley@ferc.gov; Internet: www.ferc.gov.

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