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PJM Capacity Market Ruled Fair(ish)

Posted in Capacity Markets,USA Federal by Cheryl Morgan on the September 23rd, 2008

Last week FERC ruled on a dispute about the new Reliability Pricing Model (RPM), PJM’s stab at a means of ensuring resource adequacy. Energy Legal Blog has a good summary of the ruling, written by Maria Urbina. For the most part FERC ruled in PJM’s favor, noting that most of the complaints were, in Urbina’s words, “implementation angst” – that is, when a new system is introduced there will always be winners and losers, and mostly this complaint was the losers yelling “it’s not fair!”. On the other hand, PJM was given a few things to think about.

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Russian Capacity Market to Open

Posted in Capacity Markets,Liberalization,Russia by Cheryl Morgan on the June 4th, 2008

According to Platts the long-delayed capacity market in the Russian electricity sector will open at last on July 1st. Russia’s energy minister, Sergey Shmatko, is quoted as saying, “I hope everything will be all right.” Doubtless there was more spin on that in the original Russian.

Further information about industry restructuring in Russia is available via the RAO web site. A wholesale energy market has been operating since Sept 1st 2006 (though thanks to what appears to be another quirk of translation this is described as a “capacity” market).

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