Friday, September 29, 2023

PJM Interconnection Files Proposed Winter Storm Elliot Settlement With Nonperforming Electric Generators With FERC, Requests Final Action By Dec. 29

On September 29, the
PJM Interconnection and 80 other settling parties filed a settlement package to comprehensively resolve 15 separate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission complaints regarding extraordinary non-performance charges resulting from Winter Storm Elliott on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, 2022. 

PJM reported outages of natural gas-fired electric generation accounted for 70% of the total outages, coal 16% and the remainder were oil, nuclear, hydro, wind and solar.

The settling parties requested that FERC approve the settlement no later than Dec. 29, 2023.

The proposed settlement is a result of expedited talks requested by PJM and approved by FERC. 

PJM said it is a product of collaboration among PJM and a significant number of diverse market participants – including complainants, intervenors who are net non-performance-charge payors, intervenors who have zero assessed non-performance charges, and intervenors who are net-performance payment recipients – that either support the settlement or do not oppose it.

All participants in the proceedings and all other persons required to be given notice under FERC regulations must submit comments to FERC by October 19. Reply comments are due October 30.

PJM is requesting The Commission to take final action on the settlement no later than December 29.

PJM said, despite Winter Storm Elliott’s extreme cold temperatures, which presented unprecedented operational challenges, PJM maintained reliability throughout the PJM region, kept the lights on for the 65 million people in its region, and helped mitigate load shed in surrounding areas with assistance to neighboring grids.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, swift resolution of the complaints relating to Winter Storm Elliott supports continuing reliable operations, confidence in PJM energy markets and overall generation fleet resilience, the settling parties told FERC.

Proposed settlement terms include:

-- Market-wide reduction in non-performance charge assessments, which reduces performance payments

-- Review of PJM credit requirements and return of collateral consistent with the PJM Tariff

-- Resolution of all allegations regarding PJM operations lodged before FERC in the Winter Storm Elliott complaints, with the exception of two matters that are not central to PJM operations during the event

-- No admission by PJM to any violation of the PJM Tariff or any other wrongdoing

Based upon FERC action on a waiver and the filing of the broadly-supported settlement, PJM will pause billing of the remaining, unbilled non-performance charges and concurrent disbursement of payments to suppliers that over-performed during storm events. These changes are expected to take effect in the October billing cycle.

The proposed settlement does not resolve capacity market design issues recognized during Winter Storm Elliott. 

PJM and its stakeholders have been discussing additional changes to capacity market rules as communicated in a letter from the PJM Board of Managers dated Sept. 27, 2023.

Click Here for the complete announcementClick Here for a copy of the settlement.

The PJM Interconnection PJM is a regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia, including Pennsylvania.

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[Posted: September 30, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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