About FERC Office of Energy Policy and Innovation
The Division of Policy Development initiates and oversees the development of Commission policies to:
- Enhance the operation of wholesale markets;
- Integrate distributed resources;
- Facilitate reliable development of renewable resources;
- Encourage greater efficiency and reliable utilization in the interstate and wholesale markets; and
- Proactively engage industry and regulators on issues of first impression.
- Proactively identifies and examines emerging energy issues in order to develop policy reform recommendations for Commission consideration.
- Leads the development of generic rulemakings and policy statements in support of the Commission's energy and environmental goals.
- Performs legislative analysis on energy and environmental issues that may affect the Commission's regulatory responsibilities or jurisdiction.
- Coordinates with states and other agencies regarding matters affecting the wholesale and interstate energy markets, supporting the Commission's state-federal collaborative efforts, e.g., smart grid, demand response, and competitive procurement.
- Fulfills the requirements of EPAct 2005 and EISA 2007 regarding demand response, advanced metering, and smart grid.
- Monitors regional planning processes to ascertain the success of the processes in developing system-wide plans and considering new technologies, and to propose reforms as appropriate.
- Routinely identifies the need for and convenes outreach and technical conferences.
- Supports the ongoing work of other FERC program offices to ensure effective coordination of Commission policy development.