By Jeff St. John, Senior Editor, Greentech Media
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) passed Order 2222, which is intended to allow small distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar and behind-the-meter batteries, to participate in energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets operated by regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs).
RTOs and ISOs oversee the transmission grids serving electricity to two-thirds of the country. Much of the impact of the order will depend on how market rules are designed to incorporate distributed resources, which are predicted to reach 380 gigawatts of installed capacity across the country’s grid by 2025. RTOs and ISOs will have 270 days to file implementation compliance plans after Order 2222 goes into effect in 60 days. Read more here.
MORE ON ORDER 2222
- FERC lowers barriers to DERs in wholesale markets in rare Chatterjee-Glick consensus, Utility Dive
- Latest FERC ruling a ‘victory for grid reliability’, Energy Storage News
- SEIA Statement on FERC’s DER Aggregation Ruling, Solar Energy Industries Association News Release
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- How does the US retire 236 GW of coal and 1,000 gas peaker plants?, PV Magazine
Victory in the economic realm (increasingly the case with solar, solar-plus-storage and wind) is no guarantee of market victory if the regulations are stacked against renewables.
- Ohio researchers show how solar could help turn around Appalachian economy, Energy News Network
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U.S. AIRPORTS ADOPTING SOLAR
CU Denver Researcher Analyzes the Use of Solar Energy at U.S. Airports, CU Denver News
By studying 488 public airports in the United States, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs researcher Serena Kim, PhD, found that 20% of them have adopted solar photovoltaic (PV), commonly known as solar panels, over the last decade. Solar photovoltaic (PV) is the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect.
NET-ZERO GLOBAL ECONOMY
Net Zero by 2050 Is Achievable, Affordable, and Will Improve Lives, Rocky Mountain Institute
A net-zero global economy is technically and economically possible by the middle of this century. The technologies and business solutions needed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero are already available or close to being brought to market. That is the encouraging conclusion of the latest report, Making Mission Possible, by the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC).