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News Release: December 9, 2014
Docket No. AD15-4-000
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Commissioners' Statement: Clark

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FERC Plans Technical Conferences Focused on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today announced a series of technical conferences to discuss implications of compliance approaches to the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule. The conferences will focus on issues related to electric reliability, wholesale electric markets and operations, and energy infrastructure. The conferences will begin with a Commission-led National Overview session at FERC headquarters on February 19, 2015.

Subsequent staff-led regional technical conferences will be held in Washington, St. Louis and Denver on dates to be announced. Commission members may participate in those conferences.

“The Commission clearly has a role to play in ensuring that the nation’s energy markets and infrastructure adapt to support compliance with the proposed Clean Power Plan,” said FERC Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur. “These technical conferences will be an opportunity for the Commission to hear from a wide range of stakeholders across the country on issues related to reliability, market operations, and energy infrastructure.”

Participants at the National Overview technical conference will discuss:

  • Whether state utility and environmental regulators, regulated entities and others have the appropriate tools to identify reliability and/or market issues that may arise.

  • Potential strategies for complying with the EPA regulations and coordinating with FERC-jurisdictional wholesale and interstate markets.

  • How planning entities, industry and states coordinate reliability and infrastructure planning processes with environmental compliance efforts to ensure the adequate development of new infrastructure and to manage any potential reliability and operational impacts of proposed compliance plans.

Each of the three regional conferences will include discussion of potential effects on each region’s reliability, power system operations and generator dispatch under various compliance approaches.

Further information also will be posted on the Calendar of Events on the Commission’s web site,, prior to the conferences.