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    Supreme Court to review U.S. electricity market efficiency rule

    MONday - 04/05/2015 22:00 - Viewed: 1925
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the Obama administration's bid to revive a regulation aimed at encouraging efficiency in the electricity market by paying users to reduce consumption at peak times.

    The court agreed to hear an appeal filed by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to reverse a May 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that threw out the rule.The brief court order noted that Justice Samuel Alito will be recuse in the case, meaning only eight justices will participate. The court did not give a reason.The Electric Power Supply Association, other trade groups that represent utilities and PPL Corp challenged the regulation. They would lose out if the regulation is allowed to stay intact because it is likely to reduce demand for electricity generation.
    Some utilities and companies, including EnerNOC Inc that have developed products to help customers lower electricity usage had backed the government’s appeal, as did companies like aluminum producer Alcoa Inc that can benefit from the payments.
    The regulation in question concerns what FERC calls "demand-response," which is when, in an attempt to manage demand for electricity, regional electrical grid operators agree to pay electricity users to reduce consumption at peak times.
    The 2011 FERC order set the methodology that wholesalers had to use to calculate the compensation, saying it must be the same as the payments made to electricity generators.
    The appeals court said FERC, as a federal agency, had no authority to do so because "demand-response" is an issue that should be dealt with by state regulators.

    The Electric Power Supply Association's members include Exelon Corp and Dynegy Inc. Also challenging the regulation is utility group Edison Electric Institute, which represents such companies as Entergy Corp and Southern Company.
    The court will hear arguments and issue rulings in the cases in its next term, which begins in October and ends in June 2016.
    The two related cases are FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-840 and EnerNOC Inc v. Energy Power Supply Association, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-841.

    (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

    Source: reuters.com