ERCOT Resource Adequacy

Resource Adequacy at ERCOT

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The latest round of efforts to address generation concerns in ERCOT dates back to 2010, when the PUCT opened Project No. 37897, related to resource adequacy and shortage pricing (1/19/10).  Since then, the Commission has held a number of workshops, opened additional projects, reviewed consultant studies and stakeholder comments, and revised rules and ERCOT practices – all in an attempt to increase the planning reserve margin and/or forestall potential power shortages.  At the same time, ERCOT has been hard at work, developing new programs to increase load participation in the market, commissioning various studies, and working with stakeholders on relevant issues (e.g., to revise inputs into the Capacity, Demand, and Reserves (CDR) reports).  On August 29, 2013, the PUCT decided to move forward in addressing resource adequacy at ERCOT, including steps to implement the Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC).  On this page, we will track the latest news about this work, including latest studies and decisions, and highlight pertinent reports.  

Latest Developments

May 2, 2014: Pattern Energy Agrees To Acquire 179 MW Of Wind Power Project In Texas From Pattern Development

May 2, 2014: Mirzatuny: Can Texas Keep the Lights On? Clean Energy Holds the Answer

May 1, 2014: New Plants To Power Up, But Electricity Could Get Tight This Summer

May 1, 2014: Sumitomo Joins Project To Build 200-MW Wind Farm In Texas

May 1, 2014: Western US Power Markets Continue Higher Amid ‘Record Warmth’

May 1, 2014: ERCOT Press Release: Several New Power Plants Expected To Begin Operating By Late Summer

April 30, 2014: Luminant Readies New Gas Capacity — In Case Power Prices Justify It

April 28, 2014: ERCOT Adds 2,827 MW To Generation Request Queue

April 29, 2014: CPS Energy CEO Says Texas Is “OK” For Energy Ahead Of Another Hot Summer

April 29, 2014: ERCOT Files its 2013 Annual Report with PUCT

April 25, 2014: The Price of Electricity In The U.S. Is About to Skyrocket

April 25, 2014: U.S. Electricity Prices May Be Going Up For Good

April 25, 2014: Texas Power Generator Accused Of Electricity Market Manipulation

Latest Developments Archive

How We Got Here
Actions Taken at ERCOT and PUCT
PUCT Perspective
Resource Adequacy Efforts at ERCOT
Demand Response
History of the Development of Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC)
Views Supporting Capacity Markets
Views Opposing Capacity Markets
ERCOT Market Responds to Power Concerns
Concerns from FERC/NERC & PJM Experience

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