FERC Seeks Input On Electric Storage Tech Policy

Law360, New York (June 16, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday launched an inquiry into a policy that some say creates barriers to market entry for nontraditional energy service providers, including those offering electric storage technologies.

FERC has issued a notice of inquiry, or NOI, seeking comment on a policy that requires certain providers of so-called ancillary services to prove they lack market power before selling their services at market-based rates. Ancillary services help keep the electric grid operating smoothly.

Critics of the policy argue the restriction is unnecessary and...
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