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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) staff will conduct a two-day conference “Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Electric System Reliability.”  The June 1-2 FERC staff conference will address how increasing the frequency, intensity, geographic expanse, and duration of extreme weather events will affect electric utility reliability.  The March 5 Notice of Technical Conference establishes a staff technical conference to consider regional as well as climatic differences.  The staff-led conference will examine the short-, mid-, and long-term impacts of climatic change on electric reliability and the response of utilities and regulators to those changes.  The Commission intends to gain insight from staff on the resilience of the electric industry.  The Commission has relied upon staff technical conferences to develop the technical basis for changes in regulation.  The March 15 Supplemental Notice presents 17 questions that frame the conference narrative and provide a structure for comments, including questions regarding:

  • System reliability impacts (1, 2)
  • Long-term climate change impacts on operations (3)
  • Mass event (“common mode failures”) impacts on generation and risk mitigation (4)
  • Cross industry changes: natural gas and electric (5)
  • Regulatory and RTO/ISO evaluation and response (6)
  • Modeling and planning responses (7, 11, 14)
  • Resilience requirements (8, 13)
  • Operational responses (9)
  • Resource adequacy (10)
  • Public communications (12)
  • FERC and state regulatory response (15, 17)
  • Adequacy of NERC Reliability Standards (16)

The Supplemental Notice invites public comment by April 15, 2021, in Docket No. AD21-13-000; also see the March 5 Notice; the technical conference will be available on line.

For further information, please contact:  Michael Postar, Jeff Genzer, Lisa Gast, Sean Neal, Bhaveeta Mody, Kristen Connolly McCullough, Lauren Perkins, and Sylwia Dakowicz.