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For the Week of  12/2/16 — 12/9/16

Updated 12/6/16

ERCOT Adds 2,800-MW Reserve to Address Capacity Shortages
On 12/4/16, RTO Insider reported on the approval by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Planning Guide Revision Request PGRR042, Process for Resolving Real-Time Data Discrepancies. The PGRR allows “ERCOT to address a shortage of generation capacity in Regional Transmission Plan base cases by establishing a required reserve amount….………Click here for more 

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PUCT Approves Questions for NextEra-Oncor Deal
On 12/5/16, UtilityDIVE reported that the PUCT on 12/1/16, approved a draft preliminary order in the NextEra’s case to acquire Oncor. The article states that some changes to the order are still possible, according to SNL Energy, but that day, staff filed the signed order. ………..Click here for more

Texas among 14 States Working on Carbon Capture
On 12/5/16, Electric Power and Light reported that a working group from 14 states, including Texas, released a new report “Putting the Puzzle Together:  State & Federal Policy Drivers for Growing America’s Carbon Capture & CO2-EOR Industry.” It outlines growing…..…….Click here for more

FERC Hears Starkly Different Views on its Market Power Review Process
On 12/5/16, Baker&Botts wrote in its regulatory update that last week, parties responded to FERC’s 9/22/16 Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on whether it should revise its approach to assess market power for transactions under section 203 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), applications for market-based rate authority under section 205, and the scope of FERC’s review of transactions under section 203.………Click here for more

New: Report: ERCOT’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting 12/1/16
At the December meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee, members spent much of the time discussing a Planning Guide Revision Request, in addition to considering several other revision requests and learning about a recent Settlement System error. 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: TEPN: PUCT Open Meeting, 12/1/16
At the 12/1/16 open meeting, the Commission approved a preliminary order in the Oncor acquisition case, finalized a merger case, and discussed legislative recommendations. 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.the nation’s bulk power system.…………Click here for more

New: TEW: Alternative Ratemaking in Texas – Solution in Search of a Problem?
Since June, the PUCT and stakeholders have spent considerable effort to study Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms; however, consensus on whether, or what, reforms may be needed has not been reached. In fact, the Commission is not even sure what recommendations to make to the legislature. 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: TEW: PUCT Scope of Competition Report – Summary
The 2017 Report on the Scope of Competition in Electric Markets in Texas has been filed, but still contains no legislative recommendations. The summary of the report identifies several topics that may be ripe for a Commission’s suggestion, including low-income discount, ratemaking alternatives, and/or accommodation of new technologies. 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 Credit Working Group and Market Credit Working Group (CWG/MCWG) Meeting 11/16/16
At the November meeting, the two ERCOT credit groups reviewed revision requests for credit implications, changes to collateral documents, and the effect of credit exposure on expected loss from the last summer.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.

News Flash Archive

Texas Headlines

Generation Adequacy

Dec 5, 2016: Thanksgiving gave Texas electricity grid a breather

Dec 5, 2016: Raytheon, DARPA developing tech to protect power grid against cyber attack

Dec 3, 2016: Texas wind power blows away old record

Dec 5, 2016: Enchanted Rock / Texas Microgrid Powers Buc-ee’s

Dec 2, 2016: Forced outages in MISO South this autumn prompt regulator queries

Headlines

Dec 5, 2016: Vistra Energy Updates 2016 Expectations and Initiates 2017 Guidance

Dec 5, 2016: OCI sells solar farm for $385 million

Dec 2, 2016: Jilted wind farm company attacks LCRA on clean energy

Dec 5, 2016: Houston, we have power: Space-based solar power could be the final frontier in renewable energy

Dec 2, 2016: Trump’s corporate tax cut plans could hold changes for utility earnings

Dec 6, 2016: Riverstone completes acquisition of Talen Energy Corporation

Dec 1, 2016: Texas PUC Sets Questions in NextEra-Oncor Merger

Dec 5, 2016: Bill Holden Joins Vistra Energy as Chief Financial Officer

Dec 2, 2016: El Paso Electric files to increase fuel charge fee for Texas customers

Dec 3, 2016: Tenaska seeks to conclude tax deal

Texas Retail Electric Providers

Dec 6, 2016: With Launch Of Two New Bundles, Stream Working To Allow Customers To Mix and Match Energy, Value-Added Services

Renewable Power

Dec 5, 2016: Plug in for renewable energy

Dec 5, 2016: Wind and Solar Are Better Together

Dec 5, 2016: The Surprisingly Unequal Benefits of Electric Vehicles, Mapped

Dec 6, 2016: Why Renewable Energy Companies Aren’t So Scared of Trump

Dec 2, 2016: Households with alternative energy suppliers paid $817 million extra, state says

Dec 2, 2016: Air Liquide to build renewable energy plant in Mississippi

Outside Texas

 Dec 2, 2016: Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City will ban diesel vehicles by 2025

Nov 28, 2016: New Mexico electric utility to seek another rate increase

Other News

Dec 2, 2016: Texas landowners coalition seeks to improve eminent domain laws

Dec 5, 2016: Utility Mergers And Acquisitions Lift Capital Markets

Dec 2, 2016: Permian leads latest increase in oil rigs, Baker Hughes says

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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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