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BCSE In Action

August 22, 2011

In Filing to FERC, BCSE Supports Robust, Competitive Ancillary Services Markets

In comments submitted today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), BCSE expressed its support for robust ancillary services markets, with open access to all entities that wish to participate in those markets. The Council's comments were in response to FERC's June 16 Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking input from stakeholders on policies for ancillary services and electric storage technologies.

The Council also called on FERC to encourage the development of ancillary services markets outside of RTO regions and expressed its support for a market-bsed approach for acquiring ancillary services where all resources are treated equally, stressing that no preferences should be given for specific technologies in the design of ancillary services markets.

Today's filing marks the second time BCSE has participated in a proceeding before FERC. The Council first weighed-in on FERC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Integration of Variable Energy Resources (VERs) in March 2011. For background on key electric grid issues of interest to the BCSE, please see the presentations from the June 7 dialogue on grid integration.

A full collection of the Council's recent recommendations on policy, including formal submissions to Federal agencies, can be found on the Statements & Policy section of the BCSE website. For questions about today's filing or other FERC-related issues, please contact Jack Thirolf (jthirolf (at) bcse (dot) org, 202-785-0507).