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Making sense of FERC Order 1920 // $2.7 billion for domestic uranium // Xcel releases wildfire plant

Welcome to Grid Brief! Here’s what we’re looking at today: what to make of FERC Order 1920, DOE invests in domestic uranium production, Xcel unveils wildfire plan

Understanding FERC Order 1920

Devin Hartman of the R Street Institute and Kent Chandler, a former chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, penned a comprehensive op-ed in UtilityDive about Order 1920, which was finalized in May. While the rule has drawn the ire of some politicians, the authors argue that there are good parts of the rule:

“On [economic planning], the rule delivers. Order 1920 will drive planning over an appropriate time horizon, require scenario analysis to mitigate risk, and use higher-quality cost-benefit analysis as its basis. In short, Order 1920’s core thesis was spot on; reactive, piecemeal planning without economic process is resulting in far more expensive transmission expansion than proactive, comprehensive planning using economic methods.”

Read the full op-ed here.

Feds Open up $2.7 Billion for Enriched Uranium

Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase low-enriched uranium (LEU) from domestic sources. Under the RFP, DOE will buy domestically-sourced LEU and sell it to utilities operating America’s reactors.

DOE plans to award two contracts that will last up to 10 years. The announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. implementing a ban on Russian uranium.

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