Capacity Market Prices Not Expected to Increase Due to FERC’s MOPR Ruling

The Independent Market Monitor recently studied how the change in the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will impact PJM capacity market prices.

The study concludes that the change should not increase PJM capacity market prices due to exemptions for various existing resource types (e.g. demand response and renewable energy), as well as little change in the handling of new natural gas power plants. Another reason cited by the study: existing state-subsidized nuclear plants outside Ohio being able to bid at competitive prices, lower than the minimum offer prices, through the resource specific exemption. 4/9/2020