Understanding the Interaction between Regional Electricity Markets and State Policies

November 29, 2017 in Reports & Whitepapers Author: Franz Litz

Regional Electricity Markets Factsheet Cover

Regional electricity markets—operated by regional transmission organizations (RTOs)— span multiple states and bring significant benefits to the electricity grid. States policies—such as renewable or clean energy portfolio standards or procurement mandates—have always helped shape market outcomes, but increasingly they are aimed at addressing perceived market shortcomings. Continue reading »

Q&A: Can Regional Competitive Wholesale Markets for Electricity Function alongside State Energy Policies?

November 29, 2017 in Electricity Author: Franz Litz

Power LinesAs states have increasingly moved to implement state-specific energy policies, tensions have grown between these states and the regional wholesale electricity markets that serve them. Although regional transmission organizations (RTOs) oversee the markets and manage the electricity grid, states’ right to pursue certain energy policies—such as renewable portfolio standards and tax incentives for preferred generation resources—is raising fundamental questions.  Continue reading »

Multi-stakeholder Collaborative Issues Advice to States on Clean Power Plan

July 14, 2016 in Reports & Whitepapers Author: Franz Litz

MPSC White Paper Cover

The Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative has released the first of a series of white papers prepared jointly by representatives of electric utilities, cooperative and municipal power providers, merchant generators, environmental organizations, and state regulatory agencies and designed to help states make key decisions under the federal Clean Power Plan.  Continue reading »

Unexpected Agreement Reached on Power Plant Regulation

January 16, 2014 in Electricity Authors: Brad Crabtree, Franz Litz

Acting on a directive from the President, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently developing draft federal regulations to guide states in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act.  States will use the federal guidelines to devise plans that take into consideration state-specific and regional concerns.  Continue reading »