“When you look at the resource transformations of the last 20 years since Order 2000, I don’t believe any of those transformations could have been accomplished in the same way without the regional markets and the regional planning and operation of the transmission system.” – Cheryl A. LaFleur, FERC Chairman 2014-15

 

“I would love to have the commission sit down and think about how we can take all these wonderful precedents a step further, a major step further, in terms of promoting a truly national electric transmission policy and a robust grid.” – James J. Hoecker, FERC Chairman 1997-2001, ACEG Director

 

“If Congress is serious about wanting a truly clean energy grid across the whole country, you have to tap the middle of the country to get that big bulk of cheap clean energy to keep the lights on and dispatch accordingly.” – Patrick H. Wood III, FERC Chairman 2001-2005

 

“It is time for us to develop a national transmission plan.” – Jon Wellinghoff, FERC Chairman 2009-2013

On December 19, 1999, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enacted Order No. 2000, which encouraged the formation of Regional Transmission Organizations, under the leadership of then Chairman James Hoecker. In a December Op-Ed in Utility Dive, former Chair Hoecker, an ACEG Director, said that, “Order No. 2000, or ‘O2K,’ has long since exceeded our modest expectations in producing economic, reliability, and (I maintain) environmental benefits for electricity consumers.”

Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) celebrated the 20th anniversary and hosted a webinar on Tuesday, January 21 from 12-1 pm ET featuring former Chairs of FERC to reflect on the role of Order 2000, as well as other rulemakings in that were key in the evolution of regionalization such as 890 and 1000. Speakers included:

  • James J. Hoecker, FERC Chairman 1997-2001, ACEG Director
  • Patrick H. Wood III, FERC Chairman 2001-2005
  • Jon Wellinghoff, FERC Chairman 2009-2013
  • Cheryl A. LaFleur, FERC Chairman 2014-15

Rob Gramlich, ACEG Executive Director, moderated the webinar.

For a summary of the webinar, review coverage from S&P Global Platts, Greentech Media, and RTO Insider.

To watch the entire webinar, see the video below. Additionally, download a copy of the slide deck or download the mp3 audio file of the recording to listen to it in an audio player.