Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Reconciling Federal Power Market Regulation with State Renewable and DER Programs

Wednesday, September 26
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 205AB

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has exclusive authority to set rates for wholesale power in interstate markets. States can affect those markets through renewable energy certificates, efficiency and demand response programs, storage mandates, net metering, and other DER rates. This session explores how federal law constrains states, analyzes recent moves by FERC to invite DERs into interstate markets, discusses ambiguities around jurisdiction over rates for DERs, and suggests a legal position for the solar industry that would enable the creation of state-regulated DER markets.

Ari Peskoe

Director, Electricity Law Initiative
Harvard Law School/Environmental and Energy Law Program

Ari Peskoe is Director of the Electricity Law Initiative at the Harvard Environmental & Energy Law Program. He has written extensively about electricity regulation, on issues ranging from rooftop solar to Constitutional challenges to states’ energy laws. Prior to the Electricity Law Initiative, Ari was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. where he litigated before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Western Energy Crisis. Before that, Ari was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and spent two years trying to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in electrical engineering and business.

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