• FERC Announces Gas-Electric Coordination Technical Conference
  • March 12, 2013
  • Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On March 5, 2013, FERC announced the details of its upcoming technical conference focused on the scheduling practices of natural gas and electric markets.  The technical conference is the second of two technical conferences ordered by FERC in a November 15, 2012 order to address common issues raised during regional conferences (see November 16, 2012 edition of the WER).  The first technical conference was held on February 13, 2013, and addressed communication issues between the two industries (see February 14, 2012 edition of the WER).

    The technical conference will take place on April 25, 2013 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at FERC headquarters.  The conference will address: (1) whether and how to achieve more efficient scheduling practices; (2) whether to make changes to provide additional scheduling flexibility; (3) whether the establishment of a single “energy day” is desired and beneficial; (4) how to better schedule gas for evenings, weekends, and holidays; (5) whether electric scheduling should be completed after gas and transportation scheduling; and (6) any suggestions that allow for more efficient use of infrastructure.

    FERC will issue a supplemental notice prior to the conference detailing the agenda and organization of the conference.  FERC does not require participant registration, but does recommend it.   Those interested in speaking at the conference are required to notify FERC by March 15, 2013.  The conference will not be transcribed, but an online webcast will be provided at www.ferc.gov.