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For the Week of  2/17/17 — 2/24/17

Updated 2/24/17

New: Report: ERCOT’s Credit Working Group and Market Credit Working Group (CWG/MCWG) Meeting 2/15/17
At the February meeting of the two credit groups, participants discussed effects of a couple of revision requests, reviewed the 2017 goals, and addressed a recent credit event. 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.


NextEra CEO’s Appearance Aims to Reassure PUCT Commissioners
On 2/23/17, NextEra’s Chairman and CEO James L. Robo appeared before the PUCT, during the afternoon session of the four-day hearing on the merits. Before he came, parties discussed whether he’d be sworn in as a witness; in the end, the Commission opted to announce an emergency open meeting instead. The CEO provided many assurances.………Click here for more


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Dynegy Reports Losses as It Shuts down Coal-fired Power Plants
On 2/23/17, Dynegy said that the “shutdown of two coal-fired power plants and the bankruptcy of a subsidiary contributed to losses last year,” according to FuelFix “Dynegy said it lost $180 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a $134 million loss during the same period in 2015. For all of 2016, the company reported a loss of $1.24 billion, compared to a profit of $50 million 2015.” Most losses were attributed to the December bankruptcy filing …………….Click here for more

New: TEW: DERs in ERCOT and NYISO – Two Different Approaches
In January, NYISO issued a paper on integrating Distributed Energy Resources into its market design. What are its main features, and how does NYISO approach to DERs differ from that of ERCOT? For 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: Report: ERCOT’s Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting 2/14/17
At its first 2017 meeting, the ERCOT Board elected its leadership, heard a comprehensive update on the 2016 market data from the Independent Market Monitor, and reviewed updates from ERCOT staff. 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.

TEPN: PUCT Open Meeting, 2/9/17
At the 2/9/17 Open Meeting, the Commission finalized a decision in a substation location case; agreed on how to proceed in Entergy fuel cases; and discussed a draft order in the Southern Cross 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.

News Flash Archive

Texas Headlines

Generation Adequacy

Feb 21, 2017: Here’s a simple to-do list for Rick Perry in basic energy policy.

Feb 23, 2017: Pushing for scalability, utilities look to new hybrid models for microgrid deployment

Feb 21, 2017: Solar energy capacity expected to skyrocket in Texas by 2020

Feb 22, 2017: Vasari Energy Targets 500 MW of Solar Development in Texas

Feb 17, 2017: Revolutionary Power Plant Captures All Its Carbon Emissions, At No Extra Cost

Feb 20, 2017: Hemphill: 3 Big Energy Mistakes Not to Make in 2017, or Ever

Feb 21, 2017: ERC Price Benchmarks Week ending 2-17-17

Feb 21, 2017: Exelon Will Survive The Nuclear Crisis

Feb 17, 2017: Texas Connects Us: Solar Energy Plants in Texas Projected to Double

Feb 20, 2017: Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action

Feb 17, 2017: Uranium Goes Nuclear as Toshiba Melts Down

Feb 17, 2017: Pickens: How to Make America Great Again with Domestic Energy Resources

Feb 20, 2017: Could Solar Power Ever Catch up to Oil and Gas in Houston?


Feb 24, 2017: Deal-killers galore? NextEra CEO goes to Austin to send a message

Feb 23, 2017: Lamar Smith takes on the clean energy agenda

Feb 23, 2017: American Electric Power (AEP), Dynegy (DYN) to Transfer Ownership Of Co-owned Power Plants

Feb 21, 2017: Solar Energy Powering Homes, Businesses on the South Plains

Feb 22, 2017: NextEra Still Faces Skepticism over Oncor Acquisition

Feb 22, 2017: Utility firm Vistra trading downtown Dallas office for new headquarters in Irving

Feb 21, 2017: Texans Helping Texans Pay Electric Bills

Feb 21, 2017: Legislator makes (unlikely) attempt to change Railroad Commission’s name, again

Feb 21, 2017: Powers To Retire From AEP In August

Feb 21, 2017: Texas Should Get Its Head in the New Solar Market Game

Feb 21, 2017: Texas Legislation Round-up: TDU Rate Changes, Vulnerable Customer Identification, Mexico Exports

Feb 21, 2017: A secure and low-cost power grid is within state’s reach

Feb 21, 2017: If NextEra buys Oncor, what’s in it for the rest of us?

Feb 17, 2017: Startup aims to add more power to choosing electric plans

Feb 17, 2017: Energy Future bankruptcy plan approved, clearing way for NextEra

Feb 17, 2017: One person dead after accident at the Martin Lake Power Plant in Tatum

Feb 17, 2017: Push for cleaner energy brings city leaders to solar hot spot

Feb 17, 2017: Thousands without power after overnight storms

Feb 18, 2017: Q & A: Electric plan consultant gives power back to consumers

Feb 17, 2017: NextEra Energy increases quarterly dividend 13%

Texas Retail Electric Providers

Feb 21, 2017: Consumer Education Portal PowertoConfuse.org Launches to Demystify Convoluted Texas Electricity Market

Feb 20, 2017: Ten Years, $300 Million in TXU Energy Cash Back Loyalty Rewards

Renewable Power

Feb 21, 2017: In Case You Missed It, This Hasn’t Happened in the Solar Industry in 16 Years

Feb 21, 2017: Governors Urge Trump to Support Wind and Solar Power

Feb 23, 2017: Renewable energy mission needs a robust grid network

Feb 23, 2017: Report: Six states propose new electric vehicle fees

Feb 17, 2017: New polymer nanocomposites could improve solar cell durability

Feb 20, 2017: SolarCity’s Ties to Foreclosure Cases Raise Questions on Vetting Policies

Feb 20, 2017: Solar startup sheds light on political donors

Feb 17, 2017: First Solar raises 2017 revenue view on project timing

Feb 20, 2017: Green Mountain Energy offers solar panel plan

Feb 17, 2017: What Shell is doing to help Toyota’s hydrogen car attempt take off

Feb 20, 2017: Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has

Feb 17, 2017: 2017 forecast: Bright, sun-shiny days for utility solar

Feb 17, 2017: Tesla Has An ‘Unneeded Distraction’

Feb 17, 2017: Ortiz: Lax government oversight on rooftop solar puts minority consumers at risk

Feb 15, 2017: Wind Briefly Provides Over 50 Percent of Demand in 14 States

Outside Texas

Feb 22, 2017: Skyrocketing costs bury Southern Co.

Feb 23, 2017: Toshiba’s potential exit from stake in nuclear developer leaves future US construction uncertain

Feb 17, 2017: No fracking way! Fukishima is worse than ever

Feb 15, 2017: Entergy mulls fate of New York nuclear plant as it moves to ‘pure play utility’

Feb 17, 2017: PJM board promotes new senior vice president, chief information officer


Feb 21, 2017: Underregulated, Overregulated, or ‘Just Right?’

Feb 21, 2017: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Data Points

Feb 21, 2017: Tomlinson: Eminent domain power comes with responsibilities

Feb 21, 2017: CLEAResult co-founder Garland killed in Australian plane crash

Feb 21, 2017: CAPP prompt market still but utilities talking larger-volume coal deals

Feb 21, 2017: Campaign contributions to Railroad Commissioners continue to pour in

Feb 20, 2017: NOV for Sharyland Relating to Transmission and Distribution Tariffs


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