Texas Electric News Clips

Texas Electric News Clips 

9/22/17
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Sept 21, 2017: In wake of hurricanes, 85 percent of Americans favor an improved energy grid 

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Table of Contents  
-Headlines
 
-General Adequacy
 
-Renewable
 
-Power Grid Security
 
-Other
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New: Improving Price Formation in ERCOT – IMM’s View
The ERCOT IMM and the authors of the recent paper on price formation enhancements mostly agreed on their recommendations. But IMM’s filed comments reveal some differences as to what would be the most effective approach. 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.

Headlines

Sept 21, 2017: In wake of hurricanes, 85 percent of Americans favor an improved energy grid

Sept 21, 2017: New El Paso Electric rate increase would be used to cover costs of new power stations

Sept 21, 2017:Utility pilot projects could soothe contentious regulatory proceedings

Sept 19, 2017: Grid+ Hopes To Light Up The World Via Blockchain

Sept 19, 2017: CTEC schedules power outage in Harper area

Sept 19, 2017: Some question decision to keep Texas nuclear plant open during Harvey

Sept 19, 2017: What happens when the coal and nuclear plants close?

Sept 19, 2017: Agreement slashes EP Electric rate increase request

Sept 18, 2017: Austin Electric Vehicles Forms Strategic Partnership With Circuit of the Americas

Sept 18, 2017: Power Restored for 97% of Customers in Irma’s Wake

Sept 18, 2017: Hurricanes show need to shore up nation’s energy systems, Perry says

Sept 17, 2017: During Irma’s Power Outages, Some Houses Kept The Lights On With Solar And Batteries

Sept 15, 2017: A glimpse of AEP Texas’ work during the Harvey recovery

Generation Adequacy

Sept 19, 2017: Texas ERCOT grid on target for record 2017 wind generation

Sept 19, 2017: What Would It Take for the U.S. to Bury Its Power Lines?

Sept 17, 2017: US EPA postpones power plant effluent guidelines

Sept 17, 2017: DOE Panel Hears Results of Academies’ Resilience Study

Renewable

Sept 20, 2017: Accelerator company develops product to help wind turbines

Sept 20, 2017: Solar panel prices fell 30% in the first quarter of 2017, NREL report says

Sept 20, 2017: Mercedes Plots Tesla Attack With $1 Billion U.S. Electric Push

Sept 20, 2017: GE Renewable Energy Unveils Largest Onshore Wind Turbine

Sept 20, 2017: Republic Services Unveiled Northeast Texas Landfill – a Clean Fuel and Energy Source

Sept 20, 2017: Hydrogen power moves a step closer

Sept 20, 2017: A vast ‘wind power hub’ could supply 70 to 100 million people with renewable energy

Sept 18, 2017: The Next Big Renewable Fuel? Accountants

Sept 18, 2017: Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Point

Sept 18, 2017: The entrepreneurs turning carbon dioxide into fuels

Sept 14, 2017: With high-performance cells, China takes aim at high-end solar market

Sept 18, 2017: What’s Driving Corporate Renewables Purchases?

Sept 17, 2017: Little-Known Lender’s Stand Threatens a $29 Billion Solar Market

Sept 17, 2017: Going beyond decoupling to drive utility investments in energy efficiency

Sept 17, 2017: New approach boosts performance in thermoelectric materials

Sept 17, 2017: Electric Vehicles Have an Energy Problem—Hydrogen May Be the Answer

Sept 17, 2017:UPS inks deal as first U.S. customer of new all-electric truck fleet

Power Grid Security

Sept 13, 2017: How solar power can protect the US military from threats to the electric grid

Sept 14, 2017: Energy doles out $33 million to help grid withstand cyber and physical attacks

 

Other

Sept 17, 2017: UT System regents commit up to $4.5M for a bid to run Los Alamos

Sept 14, 2017: Ideal Electric purchased; company plans to bring back employees and hire more

Sept 12, 2017: Craddick seeking another term on Railroad Commission

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New: Can AEP overcome resistance to its battery proposal?
Last year, AEP filed with the PUCT for approval of battery installations in two rural locations. Even though it would be a more economical solution to its distribution service problems, significant stakeholder opposition remains. 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: How will ERCOT and other stakeholders proceed in the Southern Cross project?
At its September meeting, the Reliability and Operations Subcommittee discussed the Southern Cross assignments, heard updates from its working groups, and considered several revision requests. 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 the best way to address the CRR deration process in ERCOT?
At the September meeting of the Wholesale Market Subcommittee, participants discussed CRR derations and NPRR821;  heard several updates from ERCOT staff, including on the 4CP impact on prices; and reviewed a number of NPRRs. 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 the appropriate way to handle transmission in the ERCOT market?
At the 8/10/117 PUCT workshop on price formation issues, participants discussed a number of potential improvements to the current market design, including changing transmission planning and cost recovery and allocation. On the other hand, is an occasional RUC or RMR an acceptable price to pay for a market that delivers certain benefits and enables economic growth?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 are the latest numbers on restoration efforts in Houston?
At the 8/31/17 open meeting, the Commission heard an update on the Harvey recovery work, laid out the path forward for Lubbock’s integration into ERCOT, and discussed several Sharyland dockets. 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 the plan for ERCOT’s Long-term Reliability Assessment (LTRA)?
At its August meeting, the Supply Analysis Working Group reviewed plans for the LTRA study, discussed a staff proposal for Weather-based Load Shape Weighting, and clarified a number of comments on the Real-time Co-optimization paper. 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 are the concerns at ERCOT regarding the Congestion Revenue Right deration process?
At its August meeting, the Technical Advisory Committee reviewed previously tabled revision requests, heard an update on the Under-frequency Load Shed survey, and noted a couple of items for a vote next month.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 are the next steps in the proposed Berkshire Hathaway purchase of Oncor?
At its 8/17/17 open meeting, the PUCT reviewed several CCN cases, addressed an Oncor complaint case, and discussed next steps for the Oncor purchase case and the price formation project. 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: Will changing price formation rules resolve Texas’ generation adequacy concerns?
This issue of Texas Electric Watch reviews and summarizes the recently filed paper by Prof. Hogan and Dr. Pope, which proposed a number of modifications to ERCOT’s energy-only market. 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: How should ERCOT handle price errors in the Day-Ahead Market?
At its August meeting, the Commercial Operations Subcommittee reviewed a couple of settlement revision requests, heard an update on changes to the Settlement Handbook, and reviewed the work of the Market Data Working Group. 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 will be the effect of LNG on Texas nat-gas availability?
At its August meeting, the ERCOT Board heard an update on recruitment efforts, reviewed impacts of lower natural gas prices on the grid, and discussed the future of LNG. 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: Should the CRR deration process be abolished?
At the August meeting of the Wholesale Market Subcommittee, participants discussed options for NPRR821, Elimination of the CRR Deration Process; reviewed a presentation on the Emergency Response Service; and heard updates from several working groups.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  fuel price considerations for resources is ERCOT working on?
At its July meeting, the Resource Cost Working Group heard an update on a new vendor; reviewed a revision request (RR) on exceptional fuel costs; and discussed an RR on coal fuel index price. 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: Will ERCOT Implement Real-Time Co-optimization
The Real-Time Co-optimization of Energy and Ancillary Services has been discussed in ERCOT for several years. Will ERCOT and stakeholders finally be able to agree on a design and accept the cost and implementation timeline? 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 next for Lubbock’s integration case?
At the 7/28/17 open meeting, the Commission addressed several transmission cases, including hearing oral arguments in one CCN case; discussed next steps for Lubbock’s integration into ERCOT, and made a decision for how to proceed with the Smart Meter Texas. 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: Should the CRR deration process be abolished?
At its July meeting, the Technical Advisory Committee discussed at length the pros/cons of the CRR deration process, considered several revision requests, and heard an update on changes to digital certificates.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

What should be the appropriate resettlement threshold for the market?
At its July meeting, the Commercial Operations Subcommittee discussed several revision requests, a resettlement threshold, and resolving certain issues around IDR meters. 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: Will Rayburn Move its Load to ERCOT? 
In a second such case, Rayburn Country co-op has also decided to have all its load in ERCOT. How is this case different from that of Lubbock Power & Light and what are the main issues and estimated costs?.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.

Progress Report on Lubbock’s Integration into ERCOT
In 2013, Lubbock Power & Light decided to pursue an integration bid with ERCOT. Since then, various analyses have been done to assess the proposal – including the recent ones, filed by ERCOT and SPP. What were their findings and what may be the cost impacts? 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

 

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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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