The New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) was established in 1971 as a voluntary association of market participants from the six New England States.  The Participants Committee is the principal governing body of NEPOOL, which considers and acts on all matters affecting the New England region’s wholesale electric power arrangements, either directly or by delegation. The Participants Committee is made up of six energy Sectors in which every NEPOOL Participant, together with its Related Persons, is entitled to have a member and alternate.  The six Sectors are each represented by an Officer that is selected by the Sector on an annual basis. A Committee Chairman is elected from among those Officers.  The Participants Committee meets monthly in a New England locale, typically in Boston or its environs, and has an annual Summer Meeting, typically at the end of June, at locations throughout the New England States.  

Oct 20        NEPOOL files comments in DOE NOPR Proceeding.  NEPOOL's comments urge the FERC in any 
                  action taken (1) to provide adequate time and process for meaningful stakeholder consideration and input 
                  before issuing any final rule; (2) to allow sufficient flexibility, both procedurally and substantively, for each 
                  region with an organized market to address the concerns raised in the DOE NOPR with reference to the 
                  specific and unique circumstances of that region; and (3) to ensure adequate time for compliance with any 
                  final rule so that New England can follow its FERC-approved stakeholder process in designing and finalizing 
                  any such compliance.  View comments here. 

Oct 12         ISO-NE Delays Regional Fuel Security Study.  
ISO-NE announced that it will delay finalizing its 
                   Operational Fuel-Security Analysis
, previously scheduled for release and stakeholder discussion beginning 
                   in mid-October, until the FERC has provided direction on how to interpret the DOE Grid Resiliency Pricing  
                   Rule Proposal in the context of competitive wholesale markets.  View the ISO-NE announcement here.

Oct 11         FERC denies requests for extension of time to comment on the DOE-Initiated Grid Resiliency
                    Pricing Rule Proposal. 
Comments on DOE's Proposal are due on or before Oct 23, 2017; 
                   reply comments, Nov 7, 2017.  View notice denying extension of time here.

Oct 6           FERC leaves in place for now the TOs' ROEs set in Opinion 531-A, pending a FERC order on
In an order rejecting the TOs' Jun 5 filing seeking to reinstate their transmission rates under 
                   the OATT to the status quo ante as a result of the DC Circuit’s mandate in Emera Maine v. FERC, Case No.
                   15-118 et al., the FERC left in place the rates resulting from Opinion 531-A, subject to further Commission
                   action/orders.  View Oct 6 order here.

Oct 6           FERC accepts updated CONE, Net Cone, and ORTP values, eff. Mar 15, 2017, as requested.
   View order here.

Oct 4           FERC issues list of questions to be addressed in Comments on DOE-Initiated Grid Resiliency
                    Pricing Rule Proposal. 
To assist FERC Staff in its understanding of the implications of the proposed rule, 
                   the Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation issued a list of questions to be addressed by 
                   those commenting.  Those commenting need not answer all of the questions and may raise issues not 
                   presented in the questions.  View questions here.

Sep 29         DOE Secretary formally proposes grid resiliency rules for FERC action.  Citing the urgency to
                   prevent premature retirements of resources that have essential reliability and resiliency attributes,
                   including on-site fuel supplies and the ability to provide voltage support, frequency services, operating
                   reserves, and reactive power, Secretary Perry submitted to the FERC a proposed rule that, if adopted by
                   the FERC, would require RTO/ISOs to develop and implement market rules for the full recovery of costs 
                   and a fair rate of return for "eligible units" that  (i) are able to provide essential energy and ancillary 
                   reliability services, (ii) have a 90-day fuel supply on site in the event of supply disruptions caused by 
                   emergencies, extreme weather, or natural or man-made disasters, (iii) are compliant with all applicable 
                   environmental regulations, and (iv) are not subject to cost-of-service rate regulation by any State or local 
                   authority.  Secretary Perry directed the FERC to consider and complete final action on the proposed rule 
                   within 60 days of the rule's publication in the Federal Register, or in the alternative, to issue the proposed 
                   rule as an interim final rule, effective immediately, with provision for later modifications after consideration 
                   of public comments.  He also directed that any final rule adopting this proposal take effect within 30 days
                   of its publication in the Federal Register and proposed that each RTO/ISO submit a compliance filing within 
                   15 days of the effective date of the rule.  The Secretary’s Letter and the proposed rule proposed rule are
                   posted on the DOE's website and in the FERC's eLibrary under Docket No. RM17-3 and can be viewed here.

Sep 14         Updated 2017 Legislative Summary Issued.  A revised 2017 Legislative Summary, reflecting 
                   developments since the late June version, is posted in the Library and is also available here

Oct 23            Demand Resources Working Group - Holyoke, MA ISO-NE.  materials.

Oct 24            Transmission Committee - teleconference.  materials.

Oct 24            Stability Task Force - teleconference. 

Oct 25            Markets Committee - Milford, MA
DoubleTree Hotel.  materials.

Oct 25            Transmission Task Force - teleconference.  materials.
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