4 regions use capacity markets to help ensure adequate resources, but FERC has not fully assessed their performance

12/19/2017

To ensure there will be enough electricity from power plants to meet customers' future needs, some U.S. electricity grid operators use "capacity markets." In capacity markets, power plant owners are paid for committing that their plants will be available to provide electricity during a specified future time period, encouraging them to build new power plants and retain existing ones.

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