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For the Week of  3/17/17 — 3/24/17

Updated 3/23/17

New: TEW: 85th Texas Legislature — Filed Energy-Related Bills
Texas legislators filed more than 100 energy-related bills, even though this session was not expected to focus significantly on energy issues. Pending legislation covers topics such as grid security, nuclear waste disposal, and rate making process. To see the complete list of bills, 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

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Mar 23, 2017: CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

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‘They’re Not Meters or Ratepayers:’ Inside Austin Energy’s Customer-Focused Business Strategy
On 3/22/17, UtilityDIVE provided a more detailed look at Austin Energy, describing how the municipal utility focuses on its customers. “The city of Austin is widely known as a progressive bastion in Texas, and the city’s utility has enacted energy policies to match. Utility officials are focused on boosting renewables, ………………..Click here for more

SPP Bumps into Transmission Constraints as Wind Energy Breaks Records
On 3/22/17, UtilityDIVE reported that the “Southwest Power Pool continues to crack records for wind power penetration, reporting it served 54.22% of load with wind energy at 12:55 a.m. on March 19. But the grid operator may be bumping ……..Click here for more

Reliability Hinges on Behind-the-Meter Data, Grid Operator Coalition Says
On 3/22/17, UtilityDIVE reported that a “coalition of nine grid operators has issued a report focused on emerging resources, ultimately concluding that reliability will hinge on how renewable generation is brought online and managed next to growing distributed resources. The nine non-profit Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations are ………Click here for more

TEPN: PUCT Open Meeting 3/9/17
At the 3/9/17 open meeting, the PUCT addressed a utility appeal of a city’s ordinance, finalized a Southern Cross order, and discussed the way forward for the Emergency Response Service rule. 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: Report: ERCOT’s Commercial Operations Subcommittee (COPS) Meeting 3/8/17
At the March meeting, the Commercial Operations Subcommittee reviewed several revision requests, heard an update on the settlement of energy storage and a virtual weather zone, and considered a recent 4CP issue.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: TEW: DERs in California – A Complicated History
With the publishing of a new action plan, California hopes to streamline its work in promoting and integrating Distributed Energy Resources into the market. The plan is ambitious and far-reaching – but will it be sufficient to tackle successfully this difficult topic? 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

News Flash Archive

Texas Headlines

Generation Adequacy

Mar 23, 2017: CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

Mar 22, 2017: Senate panel passes bill to license advanced nuclear plants

Mar 15, 2017: Hydro power facilities are oldest power plants in the U.S.

Mar 22, 2017: U.S. Senate Panel Passes Bill to License Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Mar 22, 2017: S&P Report Underlines Financial Concerns about ERCOT Generators

Mar 21, 2017: Xcel announces $1.6 billion investment in wind energy

Mar 21, 2017: Utility seeks approval for wind farms in New Mexico, Texas

Mar 21, 2017: MISO’s summer reserve margin forecast rises

Mar 20, 2017: Architect: Solar-Wind powered border wall would ‘pay for itself’

Mar 19, 2017: Could Rick Perry Influence West Texas Nuclear Waste Plan?

Mar 20, 2017: White House delays release of climate executive action

Mar 19, 2017: Is 100% renewable energy the best goal to cut power sector emissions?

Mar 12, 2017: The Need for Cybersecurity for Distributed Energy Resources

Mar 17, 2017: Projects of the Year 2017

Mar 18, 2017: EnerNOC mulls company sale amid sluggish growth

Headlines

Mar 22, 2017: Energy facility cyber incidents rose nearly a third last year, DHS says

Mar 15, 2017: Texas Hold ‘Em: Long-Lasting Pole Attachment Dispute Ends (For Now)

Mar 21, 2017: Craig: It’s time to deliver on the promise of electricity deregulation

Mar 21, 2017: School board clears way for $10 billion petrochemical plant

Mar 21, 2017: Perry extends freeze on energy efficiency rules into fall

Mar 21, 2017: Bidgely’s business blooms as residential demand management matures

Mar 21, 2017: Transferring Utilities 101 for DFW Newcomers

Mar 21,, 2017: Dan Smith of Austin Energy to Keynote Recloser Workshop

Mar 21, 2017: Deadline nearing for SWEPCO intervenors

Mar 20 2017: EPE customers can now enroll in first-ever solar program

Mar 21, 2017: Casey: Thousands of electric customers hit with unwarranted late fees

Mar 21, 2017: A Newcomers Guide to Picking Your Texas Electricity Provider: The Real Power of Choice

Mar 21, 2017: CRE Opinion: Why Data Center Users Choose Texas

Mar 19, 2017: Vistra Energy: Electric Utility Rising From The Ashes, Not A Pig In A Poke

Mar 18, 2017: Texas faces a new normal under neutered EPA

Mar 19, 2017: Trump’s plan to reduce fuel efficiency standards doesn’t make good business sense

Renewable Power

Mar 22, 2017: 25 Cities Now Committed to 100% Renewables

Mar 22, 2017: Companies promise Trump a fight over his plan to scrap energy-efficiency program

Mar 20, 2017: Schools In England & Wales With Rooftop Solar Face 800% Tax Increase

Mar 21, 2017: It’s Alive! US Energy Department Promotes Solar, Wind, Storage News

Mar 19, 2017: Wind energy firm trying again for OK of cross-country line

Mar 13, 2017: Five Reasons Why Wind Power’s Prospects Are Bright in the Era of Trump

Mar 20, 2017: Clean Energy Can Bring $10 Trillion Annual Benefits By 2050

Mar 19, 2017: The Corporate Commitment To Green Energy Is Helping Rural America

Outside Texas

Mar 22, 2017: PJM market monitor opposes Illinois nuclear subsidies

Mar 20, 2017: PJM market monitor intervenes in Illinois ZEC lawsuit

Mar 17, 2017: Florida committee advances FPL-backed bills on ratepayer fracking charges, transmission siting

Mar 18, 2017: Judge approves Peabody Energy’s plan to exit Chapter 11

Mar 19, 2017: Xcel moves ahead to build 1,550 MW of wind energy in the Midwest

Mar 20, 2017: Entergy’s ANO-1 in Arkansas back at 100% after tests

Mar 19, 2017: PNM seeks extension for rate case settlement

Other

Mar 22, 2017: Houston rejects CenterPoint’s proposed gas rate increase

Mar 21, 2017: By wading into energy policy, did Texas GOP chair break ethics law?

Mar 21, 2017: Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate

Mar 19, 2017: Texas challenges PHMSA underground natural gas storage rule

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

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