On June 21, 2012, Chairman Wellinghoff announced that FERC would hold regional technical conferences to address the coordination of the natural gas and electric industries. These technical conferences are part of FERC’s continued efforts to assess whether and to what extent it needs to take formal action with regard to coordination issues. In February of this year, FERC Commissioner Moeller issued a request for comments on a number of broad questions surrounding the coordination of electric and natural gas markets, operational inconsistencies between the two industries, reliability concerns, the effect of increased interest in gas-fired generation and the extent to which these issues are national versus regional in scope. A broad range of industry participants responded to this request, with strong support for examining these issues on a regional basis.
The technical conferences will take place during July and August and will cover six specific geographic regions: the Midwest, the West, New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast. These staff-led conferences will address coordination issues on a national scale as well as those issues pertaining to the individual regions. FERC will publish additional details about the conferences, including dates and locations, in the coming days.
FERC’s press release announcing the technical conferences may be found at: http://ferc.gov/media/statements-speeches/wellinghoff/2012/06-21-12-wellinghoff.asp
For further information, please contact Elizabeth Teuwen at (202) 464-0732.