The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the independent federal agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, among other functions. NEMA participates in FERC initiatives related to transmission planning and cost allocation, grid resilience, distributed energy resources, and others issues affecting the electroindustry.
- Transmission: NEMA supports a strong transmission grid to improve electricity reliability, reduce congestion, and to deliver low-cost and remote energy resources—like wind in the Great Plains and solar in the Southwest—to the communities that need it. NEMA advocates for regional and interregional transmission planning, and fair allocation of transmission costs.
- Grid Resilience: NEMA believes that grid resilience starts with a modern transmission and distribution system. NEMA urges FERC to focus on modernizing and strengthening electricity transmission, distribution, and automation—not just generation—when seeking to improve grid resilience.
- Distributed Energy Resources: Aggregated distributed energy resources should be allowed to participate in wholesale electricity markets. NEMA urges FERC to allow fair and equal access to electricity markets for distributed energy resources.
- Energy Storage: As FERC implements Order 841 to allow energy storage participation in wholesale electricity markets, NEMA encourages FERC and regional transmission operators to allow fair and equal access to electricity markets for energy storage based on the technical capabilities of the storage system.