“What was apparent during this weather event was the continued reliance on baseload generation,” Bruce Walker, Assistant U.S. Energy Secretary, January 2018, after the Winter Bomb Cyclone
FERC's recent minimum offer price rule (MOPR) decision was about preserving U.S. energy security and restoring competition to PJM Interconnection's capacity market. That's because the purpose of a capacity market is to ensure that customers have adequate generating capacity when required. This centers on a reliable and predictable reserve of electricity that becomes essential when demand spikes or a power plant suddenly goes offline. We often see this happen during a winter polar vortex or a summer heat wave.