Pending Disaster

…Pending Disaster… The PJM independent system operator (ISO) said there is no imminent danger to the grid when it was asked about the First Energy bankruptcy filing and First Energy’s request of FERC for cost recovery for its nuclear and Continue reading Pending Disaster

Electric Vehicle Report Card 1Q 2018

…Electric Vehicle Report Card 1Q 2018… The status of electric vehicles remains substantially unchanged from last year. For the first quarter, the sale of plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) increased by 29% YOY, while battery-powered vehicles (BEV) increased by 35% YOY. Continue reading Electric Vehicle Report Card 1Q 2018

DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability

…DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability… Several previous articles explored whether grid reliability was being endangered when RTO/ISOs used auctions to select which generation source to use. The initial article described how oil saved New England from blackouts this past Continue reading DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability

Who’s Responsible for Keeping the Lights On?

…Who’s Responsible for Keeping the Lights On?… Who is responsible for keeping the lights on? Is it the state, e.g., Massachusetts, or is it an RTO/ISO? Or is it the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)? And what about the utility Continue reading Who’s Responsible for Keeping the Lights On?

More on the Auction Fiasco

…More on the Auction Fiasco… There appears to be general agreement that the auctions used by RTO/ISOs are rigged in favor of wind and solar. This past Saturday’s bankruptcy filing by a First Energy unit is largely the result of Continue reading More on the Auction Fiasco

It’s Time to End the Auction Fiasco

…It’s Time to End the Auction Fiasco… It’s time to end the fiasco of wholesale electricity markets, that rely on auctions to determine which source of electricity to use on the grid. These wholesale markets are rigged in favor of Continue reading It’s Time to End the Auction Fiasco