Article | 1995

Comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

By Amory Lovins

In 1995, Amory Lovins wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission commenting on the proposed rulemaking on open access transmission. His primary concern in the proposed rule was the treatment of demand-side options (end-use efficiency and load management) and the potential for new dispersed generators whose total cost undercuts the short-run marginal wholesale power cost. Lovins urges the Commission to seek symmetry between supply and demand-side resources in valuing grid decongestion. He also argues that the wholesale market is not sufficiently compatible with the distributed utility.