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12/12/17
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 Dec 12, 2017: Sempra secures FERC approval for Oncor purchase

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Table of Contents  
-Headlines
 
-General Adequacy
 
-Energy Storage
 
-Renewable
 
-Power Grid Security
 
-Other
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New: Do Retail Market and Commercial Operations Subcommittees need to be restructured and, if yes, how?
At the December meeting of the Retail Market Subcommittee, members discussed potential scope changes, reviewed the Digital Certificate  
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New: Will the swearing-in of the incoming FERC Chair happen in time for him to participate in the NOPR decision-making process?
In September, Energy Secretary Rick Perry asked FERC to promulgate a rule that would stem coal and nuclear plant retirements. Not all in the electric industry welcomed the move, but the deadline to act on it is fast approaching. 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 new rulemaking projects started in 2017?
This issue of TEPN provides a detailed summary of the new rules effective in 2017, recently opened projects, and the progress of ongoing projects. 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

Dec 12, 2017: Sempra secures FERC approval for Oncor purchase

Dec 12, 2017: Oncor, Brazos Electric want OK for proposed Texas power line

Dec 10, 2017: Younicos recommissions Duke Energy 36 MW battery storage system in Texas

Dec 7, 2017:  Pruitt says EPA to replace Obama climate rule

Dec 7, 2017: EPA head faces biofuels balancing act

Dec 12, 2017: The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2017

Dec 12, 2017: Placer County residents may soon see cheaper electric bills

Dec 10, 2017: Salinas says lack of power has cost RGV steel-related projects

Dec 8, 2017: Texas Justices To Hear Oncor’s Row With Chaparral Energy

Generation Adequacy

Dec 12, 2017: Policy, fundamentals to challenge US independent power producers in 2018

Dec 8, 2017:  New U.S. energy agency head gets time to decide on coal, nuclear rule

Dec 8, 2017: Rick Perry says FERC’s inability to meet his deadline places grid at risk

Dec 7, 2017: GVEC celebrates creation of solar panel hub

Dec 10, 2017: Austin Energy helps restore power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Dec 6, 2017: Bitcoin’s insane energy consumption, explained

Dec 8, 2017: Three solar farms opening up in Grayson County

Energy Storage

Dec 12, 2017: Energy storage sees significant growth as more utilities include it in long-term plans

Dec 11, 2017: Batteries can’t solve the world’s biggest energy-storage problem. One startup has a solution.

Dec 11, 2017: Stem Announces the First Energy Storage Virtual Power Plants in Japan

Dec 11, 2017: Construction imminent on major solar-wind-storage hybrid plant in Queensland    

Dec 11, 2017: Enel receives $2.1m grants to support energy storage development in US

Dec 11, 2017: Massachusetts awards $20M to storage projects

Renewable

Dec 11, 2017: New Mexico AG, others reach agreement on proposed wind farms

Dec 11, 2017: Spongelike crystal could make it easier for natural gas–powered cars to store fuel

Dec 11, 2017:  Raia, Ginn: Let America lead in nuclear power innovation

Dec 8, 2017: Cryptocurrency Miners Are Using Old Tires to Power Their Rigs

Dec 9, 2017:  Duke Energy Assumes Full Ownership of California-Based REC Solar

Dec 7, 2017: EIA: U.S. solar output increases 47% in 2017

Dec 5, 2017:  Could Transmission in Railroad Corridors Enable More US CSP?

Dec 8, 2017: Solar power advances possible with new ‘double-glazing’ device

Dec 7, 2017: After solar and wind power, waves will be used to generate electricity

Dec 8, 2017: White House pressures Big Corn to meet on U.S. biofuels policy

Dec 1, 2017:New Smart Windows Transform Into Solar Cells When They Change Color

Dec 11, 2017: Wind-powered Community Microgrids Heat “Boxes of Bricks” in Alaska Homes

Power Grid Security

Nov 30, 2017:  Smart IT investment creates tremendous value – and also new vulnerabilities

Nov 20, 2017:  FBI Expert: Companies are Cyber-Threat Targets Whether They Think So or Not

Other

Dec 8, 2017: UT System competing against California-A&M alliance to run Los Alamos

Dec 8, 2017: Council to consider permit for electric substation

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New: Is Sempra’s offer to buy Oncor strong enough to succeed, where two other bidders had failed?
In considering Oncor’s sale for the third time, the previous Commission still had some doubts about the latest proposed transaction. How will the Commission’s new composition affect the outcome of this case? 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 proposed changes to the 2018 Long-term System Assessment load forecast?
At the 11/14/17 Regional Planning Group meeting, participants reviewed the LTSA forecast revisions, heard updates on several projects, and considered a warning to generators planning interconnections close to series capacitors. 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 parties be granted more time to review a model in SWEPCO’s rate case?
At the 11/17/17 open meeting, the PUCT deliberated whether to remand SWEPCO’s rate case, discussed a proposed rule for non-IOU rate cases, and aired FERC jurisdictional concerns related to certain recent cases. 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 the solution to the IDR meter data reporting, which leads to settlement delays?
At the November meeting of the Commercial Operations Subcommittee, participants reviewed information on IDR meters, learned about revisions to the Digital Certificate process, and reviewed Annual Validations. 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

Could the Inadvertent Gains/Losses (IAG/L) numbers be improved?
At the November meeting of the Retail Market Subcommittee, participants considered several revision requests, were updated on revisions to the Digital Certificate download process, discussed IAG/L numbers, and reviewed the implementation of NPRR778.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: How should the RUC process be revised to minimize operator actions?
At the November meeting of the Wholesale Market Subcommittee, participants assessed the new Ancillary Services Methodology, reviewed Reliability Unit Commitments from the last summer, and considered a number of 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: Which of the several alternatives to improve price formation in ERCOT should the Commission choose?
In the second half of a recent PUCT workshop on possible market revisions, participants heard additional proposals from stakeholders, and debated their merits vis-à-vis the paper on price formation by Prof. Hogan and Dr. Pope.   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 did the analysis of the most recent Interconnection Agreements (IAs) reveal about the number and significance of the solar IAs?
At the October meeting of the Regional Planning Group (RPG), participants considered several transmission project proposals, reviewed the IA analysis, and heard an update on the wind turbine power curve improvements.  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 for the Commission and stakeholders in the price formation rules project?
At the 10/26/17 open meeting, the Commission reviewed several preliminary orders, discussed a couple of recent topics related to the Entergy Texas area, and considered how to proceed in the project on price formation rules in ERCOT. .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 solution to the persistently low prices in ERCOT?
At a recent PUCT workshop on price formation rules, there was hardly any consensus on how to proceed and, in fact, the more participants talked, the more apparent their differences became. 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 changes proposed for the calculation of the Load Distribution Factor?
On 10/23/17, the Technical Advisory Committee held an informational session to discuss proposed changes to LDF and schedule a vote. 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 import/export assumptions should ERCOT use for the Southern Cross (SC) DC Tie?
At the October meeting of the Planning Working Group, participants discussed PUCT directives for the SC project, reviewed comments on two revision requests, and considered appropriate classifications for interconnection projects. 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 impact of recent unit retirements on the reserve margin?
At the October Board meeting, members heard an IMM report on the announced capacity changes, reviewed presentations on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) projects, and heard updates on the Hurricane Harvey restoration efforts and summer operations. 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 REPs’ responsibilities regarding the REP Demand Response Survey?
At the October meeting of the Retail Market Subcommittee, participants heard a report on the DR survey, considered voting items from TXSET, and reviewed revisions to the Digital Certificate 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 should be the solution to the finding that up to 24% of IDR-metered load is not available for Initial Settlement?
At the October COPS meeting, participants reviewed settlement reports, heard an update on RSS notifications, and considered how to address IDR-metered load. 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 was the final resolution of several dockets that all stemmed from one Sharyland rate case?
At the 10/11/17 open meeting, the Commission discussed the hearing schedule for Sempra and Lubbock cases, finalized Sharyland/Oncor dockets, and considered revisions to several preliminary orders.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 there be changes to ERCOT’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process?
At the second September meeting, the Wholesale Market Subcommittee reviewed Southern Cross assignments, considered a number of revision requests, and discussed a recent Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) case.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: PUCT Open Meeting 9/28/17
At the 9/28/17 open meeting, the newly appointed PUCT Chairman DeAnn Walker’s first open meeting was a busy one, with extensive presentations on the hurricane recovery efforts and detailed discussion of Sharyland-Oncor cases. 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 :Reversing the System Benefit Fund Rules – What Remains?
What is the appropriate way to modify or repeal rules, following the elimination of the System Benefit Fund? The fund took several years to set up, eventually enrolling over 700K eligible Texans. Its unwinding is also taking place over a period of years and, in the end, it may re-emerge as a voluntary program.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: ERCOT’s Credit Working Group and Market Credit Working Group Meeting 9/20/17
At the September meeting of the two ERCOT credit groups, participants reviewed an NPRR, considered a proposal for a CRR credit calculator, and discussed a recent ADR case. 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: 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.

New: ERCOT’s Credit Working Group and Market Credit Working Group Meeting 9/20/17
At the September meeting of the two ERCOT credit groups, participants reviewed an NPRR, considered a proposal for a CRR credit calculator, and discussed a recent ADR case. 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: 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.

New: ERCOT’s Credit Working Group and Market Credit Working Group Meeting 9/20/17
At the September meeting of the two ERCOT credit groups, participants reviewed an NPRR, considered a proposal for a CRR credit calculator, and discussed a recent ADR case. 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: 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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