PJM pushes plant payment reforms as RTOs file resilience comments at FERC

Utility DIVE: Rejected by FERC at the beginning of January, the DOE's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) would have provided cost recovery to merchant coal and nuclear plants on the grounds that they are essential to system resilience — broadly, the grid's availability to "bounce back" from outages.

FERC threw out that argument on Jan. 8, but acknowledged that the concept of grid resilience is important and that some generators may not be compensated properly today for those attributes. The agency asked grid operators to file comments within 60 days with strategies to identify, define and value those aspects of resilience.

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