- Jul 17, 2019 9:30 am GMT
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A coalition of state utility commissioners has entered a burgeoning courtroom clash over a federal energy storage rule.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' petition for review yesterday comes on the heels of a separate filing by the American Public Power Association and other groups in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Energywire, July 16).
Their forthcoming lawsuits will target Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order No. 841, which allows energy storage technologies such as batteries to participate in wholesale electricity markets.
"NARUC is seeking to overturn FERC's decision to deny states the ability to fully manage energy storage resources that are connected to distribution facilities or located behind a retail meter," NARUC said in a statement yesterday.
APPA, NARUC and other groups last year expressed concerns that the FERC order, which the commission unanimously approved in February 2018, intruded upon state and local powers to decide whether energy storage resources tied to a utility distribution system can compete in wholesale power markets under regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.