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Texas Electric News Clips 

1/22/18

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Jan 19, 2018: The Home Heating Debate Heats Up As Temperatures Plunge In Texas 

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Table of Contents  
-Headlines
 
-General Adequacy
 
-Energy Storage
 
-Renewable
 
-Power Grid Security
 
-Other
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New: Should Reliability Unit Commitments be made more difficult – even at a higher cost to the market?
ERCOT Monitor Reports: Protocol Revision Subcommittee Meeting 1/18/18
At the January meeting, the Protocol Revision Subcommittee reviewed a number of revision requests, heard an update on upcoming projects, and discussed some of its goals. To read more, please subscribe to ERCOT Monitor Reports. If you are interested in purchasing this ERCOT Monitor Reports issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing ERCOT Monitor Reports, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

New: Who will ultimately prevail in the tug-of-war otherwise known as the PUCT price formation project?
Texas Electric Watch: TEW v13n1: Is Price Formation Needed in ERCOT? Stakeholders Guidance
In the filed comments, not only do stakeholders not agree on which reforms would be appropriate, they don’t even agree that there is a problem to be solved… To learn more, please subscribe to Texas Electric Watch. If you are interested in purchasing this TEW issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing the Texas Electric Watch, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

New: What led the IMM to compare a recent revision request to a “loaded gun?”
ERCOT Monitor Reports: Wholesale Marketing Subcommittee Meeting 1/10/18
At the first 2018 meeting, the Wholesale Market Subcommittee reviewed a number of revision requests, noted training on new credit calculations, and discussed modifications to the Reliability Unit Commitment.  To learn more, please subscribe to ERCOT Monitor Reports. If you are interested in purchasing this ERCOT Monitor Reports issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing ERCOT Monitor Reports, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

New: What is an “allied litigant” doctrine and how does it apply to a current PUCT docket?
Texas Electric Policy News Reports: PUCT Open Meeting 1/11/18
At the first 2018 open meeting, the Commission considered an application for a declaratory order, heard oral argument in a battery application case, and decided a controversial CCN case.  If you are interested in purchasing this TEPN issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing the Texas Electric Policy News, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151.

New: What is a solution to the Board directive that RMS and COPS combine?
ERCOT Monitor Reports: Retail Marketing Subcommittee Meeting 1/9/18
At its first 2018 meeting, the Retail Market Subcommittee discussed the Board directive, reviewed several NPRRs, and discussed changes to the Digital Certificate download process. To learn more, please subscribe to ERCOT Monitor Reports. If you are interested in purchasing this ERCOT Monitor Reports issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing ERCOT Monitor Reports, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

Headlines

Jan 19, 2018: The Home Heating Debate Heats Up As Temperatures Plunge In Texas

Jan 18, 2018: NASA’s new energy project boosts power in space; Kilopower under development with partners

Jan 19, 2018: SWEPCO makes official 8.9 percent rate increase

Generation Adequacy

Jan 19, 2018: Shearon Harris nuclear plant sirens sound false alarm

Energy Storage

Jan 19, 2018: Nissan moves into home solar energy storage

Jan 22, 2018: San Diego to Develop Innovative Hydropower Energy Storage Project

Jan 22, 2018: Nostromo Introduces the IceBrick™, the World’s First Modular Thermal Energy Storage Cell

Jan 22, 2018:If You Own a Fast Food Joint in Florida, You May Want to Consider Battery Storage

Renewable

Jan 17, 2018: Trump says solar tariff decision coming soon, stakes huge for industry

Jan 18, 2018: RINs part of a political battle of renewable fuels

Jan 17, 2018: Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells

Jan 13, 2018:  ‘Battery’ that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution

Jan 13, 2018:  Algae May Be Green Energy’s Secret Weapon

Jan 4, 2018:  The world’s biggest wind farm? 

Power Grid Security

Jan 16, 2018: As Cyber Threats To The Electric Grid Rise, Utilities And Regulators Seek Solutions

Other

Jan 18, 2018: Consumers allege Experian, TXU Energy Retail is reporting inaccurate information on credit reports

Jan 17, 2018: Sensus FlexNet EasyLink Mobile Communications Solution Provides New Flexibility in AMR for Water, Gas and Electric Utilities

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ERCOT Acts to Preserve Its Independence
We all know that ERCOT typically does not fall under the jurisdiction of FERC. But how did this come to pass and what is ERCOT doing to preserve the status quo? To learn more, please subscribe to Texas Electric Watch. If you are interested in purchasing this TEW issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing the Texas Electric Watch, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

What is the current status of the Sempra proposal to purchase Oncor?
On 12/15/17, Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC, filed a stipulation in the case dealing with the approval of its acquisition by Sempra Energy (i.e., Docket No. 47675, Joint Report and Application of Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC and Sempra Energy for Regulatory Approvals Pursuant to PURA §§ 14.101, 39.262, and 39.915). Given that this is the third time the PUCT is considering the purchase of Oncor, meaningful agreements between parties could be viewed as a positive step.  If you are interested in purchasing this TEPN issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing the Texas Electric Policy News, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151.

Lubbock’s integration into ERCOT, at what cost and who should pay it?
Next month, the PUCT will hear the Lubbock case, and consider these and other questions around the proposed move. If you are interested in purchasing this TEPN issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing the Texas Electric Policy News, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151.

What does the breakdown of collateral show for each type of a Market Participant?
At the December meeting, the two credit groups reviewed several revision requests, considered the new Congestion Revenue Right Credit Calculator, and revised the 2018 goals. To learn more, please subscribe to ERCOT Monitor Reports. If you are interested in purchasing this ERCOT Monitor Reports issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing ERCOT Monitor Reports, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

Is Transmission Line in Baja California a Threat to ERCOT’s Independence?
At the 11/17/17 open meeting, the PUCT Chair DeAnn Walker raised an alarm about a couple of projects, including a new transmission line proposed for Baja California, and their potential implications for ERCOT’s independence. So what exactly has led to these concerns and is a solution possible for what appears to be a real probability that ERCOT could lose its jurisdictional independence from FERC? Because – as the PUCT Chair clarified – the problem…To learn more, please subscribe to Texas Electric Watch. If you are interested in purchasing this TEW issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing the Texas Electric Watch, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

Which ERCOT projects have been delayed and which are proceeding as planned?
At the December meeting, the Protocol Revision Subcommittee reviewed the project plan, considered a number of revision requests, and heard an update on the Resource Definition Task Force.  To learn more, please subscribe to ERCOT Monitor Reports. If you are interested in purchasing this ERCOT Monitor Reports issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing ERCOT Monitor Reports, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

What revisions did ERCOT staff make to the long-term load forecast methodology?
At its December meeting, the Supply Analysis Working Group reviewed the new load forecast, discussed energy efficiency, and considered an NPRR on CDR calculations. ERCOT Monitor Reports. If you are interested in purchasing this ERCOT Monitor Reports issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing ERCOT Monitor Reports, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151

Why is the PUCT worried about a potential transmission line in Baja, California?
At the December meeting, the Commission took action related to this line, considered a new draft rule, and heard oral argument in a CCN case.  If you are interested in purchasing this TEPN issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing the Texas Electric Policy News, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-0151.

Why are Ancillary Service (AS) requirements dropping in ERCOT?
At its December meeting, the ERCOT Board heard an update on the AS procurement, considered several revision requests, and reviewed the Freeport Master Plan.   ERCOT Monitor Reports. If you are interested in purchasing this ERCOT Monitor Reports issue, please click here. If you are interested in subscribing ERCOT Monitor Reports, please click here or call Competitive Assets at 512-581-015

 

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    ERCOT's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting 8/25/16

    At the August Technical Advisory Committee meeting, participants considered a number of revision requests, heard an update on the Smart Meter Texas efforts, and noted the growth of unregistered distributed generation in several load zones.

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