FERC denies transmission complaint but announces technical conference
United States’ Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied
a complaint from Anbaric Development Partners, a grid developer, against
regional grid operator PJM Interconnection.
The complaint, filed in November 2019, suggests that PJM’s transmission
tariff wrongly bars transmission projects in the Atlantic Ocean from connecting
to the grid. The suggestion of undue discrimination arises from a need
for each project to connect to ‘another control area outside of PJM’
with either direct current (DC) or controlled alternating current (AC).
Anbaric’s independent transmission system is planned to connect multiple
distant offshore wind farms to the grid via transmission platforms, which
is not covered under the above definition.
Earlier this month (June 2020), FERC determined that Anbaric had failed
to demonstrate that the tariff is ‘unfair, unjust, or unduly discriminating’
and denied the complaint.
However, FERC has also announced that it will hold a technical conference
to discuss how transmission system operators can accommodate the anticipated
rise in offshore wind generation, and to look at incorporating independent
transmission projects into their tariffs.
The conference will be held, either in person or online, on 27th