Statement by EPSA President and CEO Todd Snitchler and P3 President Glen Thomas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 7, 2022
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WASHINGTON – The Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) and the PJM Power Providers Group (P3) filed a joint motion Wednesday to strike a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) brief impacting the rules governing how the nation’s largest wholesale electricity market secures reliable power for 65 million customers in 13 states and D.C. FERC’s brief and EPSA and P3’s motion were filed in the focused Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) proceeding pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
EPSA and P3’s action comes in response to significant concerns raised by FERC Commissioner James Danly in a Statement released Friday, August 26, 2022. In his statement, Commissioner Danly argues that the July 22 Brief filed by FERC at the Third Circuit improperly represents the view of the full Commission and should be stricken by the Court.
The litigation in question surrounds the 2-2 split of FERC in November 2021 that allowed PJM’s proposed changes to the MOPR in its capacity market to become effective. The PJM capacity market helps ensure reliability by procuring power generation resources to meet peak demand and the MOPR is a long-standing tool employed by FERC and PJM to preserve the sanctity of that market.
EPSA President and CEO Todd Snitchler released the following statement:
“Commissioner Danly’s Statement raised significant procedural and legal concerns, and it has profound implications for the litigation we and other parties are engaged in surrounding the focused MOPR in the PJM capacity market. FERC has a vital mandate to advance reliable and affordable power for Americans, based on nonpartisan consensus forged by at least a majority of Commissioners. The implementation of the focused MOPR, stemming from an evenly divided Commission by operation of law, did not result in a FERC order being issued. This litigation arises due to the complications associated with an outcome that is not supported by a majority of the Commission. In such circumstances, a compromise among at least a majority of the Commissioners would have delivered legally durable solutions – not outcomes that cannot garner a majority of votes, regardless of the Commission’s makeup.”
Glen Thomas, president of P3 also released a statement:
“Commissioner Danly’s statement should give the court and all FERC stakeholders great pause. Ultimately, Commission policy is set by Commission orders and Commission orders only result from the actions of a FERC majority. That did not happen in the case of the PJM MOPR as the result of new and untested provisions of the Federal Power Act. Regardless of one’s view of the MOPR, all FERC stakeholders should be concerned about FERC legal filings that purport to represent the views of the Commission but in fact represent the views of a subset of FERC Commissioner that were not able to garner sufficient support to issue an order. This case is now about a lot more than the MOPR.”
EPSA and P3 continue to advocate for policies that enable generators to provide reliable power at competitive prices, leveraging market forces to incentivize innovative and better solutions for the nation’s energy needs.