SEIA Outlines Critical Reforms to Transmission System in FERC ANOPR Comments

ANOPR provides the opportunity to address more issues of transmission, interconnection and cost allocation and paves the way for more equitable market access for solar and energy storage.

WASHINGTON DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) submitted comments this week in response to a July Advanced Advice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on transmission reforms and new rules on interconnection.

ANOPR provides the opportunity to address more issues regarding transmission, interconnection and cost allocation and paves the way for more equitable market access for solar and energy storage.

The following is a statement from Gizelle Wray, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Advisor to the Solar Energy Industries Association:

“America’s outdated transmission system has not kept pace with the growing demand for clean energy and the urgent need to decarbonize the electricity sector. This ANOPR is a critical step forward that gives us a chance to think big about how we break down barriers to clean energy. and regulate the rules of the game for independent electricity producers (IPPs).

“SEIA’s comments focus on several critical points, including an extension of the factors considered in transmission planning, such as network enhancement technologies and distributed energy resources, to maximize existing transmission. SEIA recommends eliminating participant funding so that IPPs do not pay for utilities that fail to upgrade their system and given the full package of benefits that clean energy offers, i.a.

“The FERC must act quickly and begin the formal legislative process so that clean energy projects do not sit idle while demand bubbles over and the effects of climate change rage. We look forward to working with the Commission in this process to make historic and much-needed reforms to our not. “

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