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Texas Electric News Clips 

2/16/18

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Feb 16, 2018: Texas regulator set to approve Sempra Energy’s purchase of Oncor

Feb 15, 2018: Public Utility Commission asks for Final Order in LP&L’s bid to join ERCOT

Feb 15, 2018: Public Utility Commission sets path for Lubbock’s entry into ERCOT system

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Table of Contents  
-Headlines
 
-General Adequacy
 
-Energy Storage
 
-Renewable
 
-Power Grid Security
 
-Other
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New: What issues remain to be resolved in the Lubbock Power and Light transition to ERCOT?
Texas Electric Policy News: PUCT Open Meeting 2/15/18
At the 2/15/18 open meeting, the Commission discussed Lubbock’s case, picked apart a transmission rulemaking, and debated resource adequacy and price formation going into the summer. 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 has caused the very high RENA charges in January?
ERCOT Monitor Reports: Commercial Operations Subcommittee Meeting 2/7/18

At its February meeting, the Commercial Operations Subcommittee considered changes to the subcommittee structure, reviewed a Settlement Stability report, and heard an update on the Digital Certificate download process. 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: What is behind ERCOT setting up the IT-to-IT forum?
ERCOT Monitor Reports:
Retail Market Subcommittee Meeting 2/6/18

At its February meeting, the Retail Market Subcommittee discussed upcoming retail changes, reviewed options for subcommittee restructuring, and considered one revision request.  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: Why did prices rise to $9,000/MWh in late January?
ERCOT Monitor Reports: Wholesale Market Subcommittee Meeting 1/31/18

At its February meeting, the Wholesale Market Subcommittee discussed two unusual market events, reviewed a number of revision requests, and considered potential changes to Ancillary Services.  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: Is Variable Renewable Energy really responsible for lower prices and recent plant retirements?
Texas Electric Watch: TEW v13n2: Is What Effect Do Renewables Have on Bulk Power Pricing?
Several experts at national laboratories took a detailed look at these frequent assertions and found some surprising answers. 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 is the right long-term solution for a fuel adder to the Coal Fuel Index Price?
ERCOT Monitor Reports: Resource Cost Working Group Meeting 1/23/18

At its January meeting, the Resource Cost Working Group discussed fuel adder options, reviewed NPRR838, and went over new language for NPRR847.  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

Headlines

Feb 16, 2018: Texas regulator set to approve Sempra Energy’s purchase of Oncor

Feb 15, 2018: Audit: Company behind Texas “clean coal” project used federal funds for liquor, limousines and lobbying

Feb 15, 2018: Public Utility Commission asks for Final Order in LP&L’s bid to join ERCOT

Feb 15, 2018: Public Utility Commission sets path for Lubbock’s entry into ERCOT system

Feb 15, 2018Scammer impersonating Oncor employee trying to steal Social Security numbers in Arlington

Feb 15, 2018:  Base of talent provides lift to Houston’s renewable energy sector

Feb 13, 2018:  Amazon’s investments spilling into Scurry County’s backyard

Feb 15, 2018Colder, cloudier winter puts damper on electric bills of homeowners with solar panels

Feb 16, 2018: Cedar Park, Burleson Ranch file notice of nonsuit, dismissing lawsuit against utility commission over LCRA transmission line route

Feb 14, 2018: Utilities, NRDC to regulators: Clean energy is inevitable

Feb 14, 2018:  How ‘Demand Flexibility’ Could Boost Renewables and Save Texas Billions

Feb 14, 2018:  Power sector sees opportunity in Trump infrastructure plan

Feb 13, 2018:  Grid deserves more attention in US infrastructure plan: transmission, environmental groups

Feb 13, 2018: PwC: Last Year’s Utility M&A Activity Pales Behind 2016

Feb 13, 2018: Three Texas Coal-Power Plants Shut; Effects Widely Felt

Feb 13, 2018:  Watchdog: Texas company illegally charged Energy Dept. $2.5 million in expenses

Feb 12, 2018:  The wind blows two different ways when it comes to Texas and Oklahoma’s energy policies

Feb 12, 2018:  Trump proposes to sell parts of TVA and other federal power companies

Feb 13, 2018: Oral arguments heard in ERCOT vs. Panda case

Feb 13, 2018: Denton to Become America’s Largest ‘Green Power’ City

Feb 13, 2018:  JP Morgan Chase Among Investors In Willacy County Wind Farm

Feb 12, 2018:  American Electric wind farm plan suffers blow from Oklahoma judge

Feb 6, 2018:  AEP vows to add 8,300 MW in renewable energy by 2030

Feb 13, 2018:  NextEra Energy and NextEra Energy Partners to meet with investors and participate in investor conferences through early March

Feb 11, 2018: LP&L formalizes two payment agreements in bid to join ERCOT

Feb 9, 2018: Vistra Responds to PUCT Staff’s Recommendation of Divesting 1281 MW in Dynegy Merger

Feb 9, 2018:  NextEra Energy Partners: From Hidden Gem To Shining Diamond

Feb 12, 2018:  AT&T to purchase 520MW of wind power from NextEra Energy

Generation Adequacy

Feb 15, 2018MISO’s inability to manage generation outages a factor in January price spike: IMM

Feb 15, 2018: Utilities Continue to Increase Spending on Transmission Infrastructure

Feb 14, 2018:  Smitherman: How Texas used a free market to reduce electricity prices and pollution

Feb 13, 2018: Texas, California among regions pushing boundaries of renewables integration

Feb 12, 2018:  Grid Batteries Will Hurt Wholesale Power Generators

Feb 12, 2018:  Texas PUC should mull cutting reliability capacity from ORDC formula: staff

Feb 9, 2018:  Are electric vehicles a threat to the Texas electrical grid?

Feb 7, 2018:  Microgrids have a big role to play in the energy sector: Here’s why

Energy Storage

Feb 15, 2018: FERC Allows Energy Storage to Play in Nationwide Wholesale Markets

Feb 15, 2018: FERC Clears Barriers for Energy Storage but Not Aggregated DERs

Feb 16, 2018: Hybrid Energy Storage Key to Electric Auto Features

Feb 16, 2018: Where now for energy storage?

Feb 7, 2018:  World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries

Feb 14, 2018:  Australia on the cusp of an energy storage boom

Feb 14, 2018: First Solar Enters Energy Storage Game

Feb 14, 2018: Energy storage offers more

Feb 13, 2018: Global Market for UPS Service from Distributed Energy Storage to Reach $2.7 Billion by 2026

Feb 13, 2018: 6 Promising Energy Storage Options to Tie into the Grid

Feb 13, 2018: Maryland is first state to launch energy storage tax credit

Feb 13, 2018: California regulators first to allow multiple revenue streams for energy storage

Feb 13, 2018: Chemical Cluster Could Transform Energy Storage For Large Electrical Grids

Feb 13, 2018: Tesla & 18 Others Competing To Build Darwin Big Battery

Feb 13, 2018: HYLIION Moves Headquarters to Greater Austin Texas Area

Feb 10, 2018: Ahead of the Curve: Sodium Battery Could Hasten Electric Vehicles

Feb 12, 2018: Energy storage being stalled by slow policy development claim MPs

Feb 13, 2018: Origis Energy selects Greensmith energy storage technology for Massachusetts project

Feb 12, 2018: Sierra Nevada lauded for alternative energy, storage

Feb 13, 2018: International Consortium Studies Energy Storage Systems

Feb 12, 2018: Government told to ‘take the brakes off’ energy storage development in Britain

Feb 12, 2018: More high spec supply ships to have hybrid energy storage systems

Feb 12, 2018: Arenko Taps GE for 41-Megawatt UK Battery Project

Renewable

Feb 15, 2018: IEEFA report: ‘Here and Now’ — Nine electricity markets leading the transition to wind and solar

Feb 15, 2018: US Renewable Energy Generation Now ‘Within Striking Distance’ of Nuclear

Feb 15, 2018: How a new tariff will affect San Antonio’s solar

Feb 9, 2018: After Two Clean-Power Deals This Week, Funds Hunt for More

Feb 13, 2018: Solar and wind won’t break the grid

Feb 13, 2018: Scientists Drop Organic Solar Cell Fission Bomb On Coal

Feb 14, 2018: NextEra Energy Resources advances community solar in Minnesota

Feb 13, 2018: US offshore sector ready to emerge on its own terms

Feb 2, 2018: Flexible, high-performance solar cells could become portable power sources

Feb 10, 2018: Oklahoma pulling up red carpet offered to wind industry

Feb 7, 2018: 5 opportunities and challenges with Trump’s solar panel tariff

Feb 8, 2018: Solar power industry lost nearly 10,000 jobs in 2017

Feb 7, 2018: 5 opportunities and challenges with Trump’s solar panel tariff 

Power Grid Security

Feb 15, 2018: U.S. Energy Department forming cyber protection unit for power grids

Jan 24, 2018: Ted Koppel warns power grid cyber attack more likely than nuclear threat

Other

Feb 13, 2018: Discount Power (Texas) Leadership Elected to ERCOT Committees for Second Consecutive Year

Feb 1, 2018: Targa Resources Corp. Announces Executive Leadership Promotions

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What caused the January price spikes and why some thought that prices were not high enough?
ERCOT Monitor Reports: Technical Advisory Committee Meeting 1/25/18

At the January meeting, the Technical Advisory Committee reviewed revision requests, noted upcoming training sessions, and discussed several recent market events. 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

Texas PUCT Tees up Rulemaking Initiative on New Technologies
Texas Electric Policy News Reports: PUCT Open Meeting 1/25/18
Newly proposed rulemaking on new technologies may be one of the most important rulemakings since Texas elected to go the course of an Energy Only Market?  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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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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