Julia Sullivan Quoted in Law360 on New FERC Energy Storage Rule

A new rule released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) could spur additional renewable energy projects in the future, according to a Law360 article in which Akin Gump energy regulatory co-head Julia Sullivan is quoted.

FERC Order No. 792 adds energy storage to the category of resources that are permitted to interconnect to the electric grid. Energy storage, the article notes, can serve several purposes, including generation and transmission service and distribution. It can also be used to back up sources of renewable energy, such as wind or solar. Sullivan says this is “strategically important if your goal is to interconnect significant amounts of renewable energy and to encourage distributed generation.”

Order No. 792 comes a month after California imposed a requirement that utilities in the state procure a targeted amount of energy storage capacity.