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

March 4, 2014: Energy Demand Breaks 12-Year-Old March Record

March 4, 2014: Texas Mulls Capacity Market

March 4, 2014:  Texas Grid Extends Power Conservation Call As Cold Boosts Usage, Prices

March 3, 2014: Latest Arctic Blast Sends Texas Power Usage, Prices Soaring

March 3, 2014: Texas Power Market Monitor Resigns Amid Unresolved Reform Debate

March 3, 2014: ERCOT Report Empowers Fans Of Texas’ Current Electricity Market

March 4, 2014: Energy Conservation Urged Through Tuesday Morning

March 4, 2014:  Proposed ERCOT Resource Adequacy Task Force Matrix

Feb 28, 2014: Texas Sees Higher Summer Power Supply Amid Slower Demand Growth

Feb 28, 2014: ERCOT Report Should Slow Down Energy Industry’s Push To Dip Into Ratepayer’s Pockets

Feb 28, 2014: Capacity Market Foes Seize On Brighter Electric Forecast

Feb 28, 2014: ERCOT: Growth in Texas Energy Demand Slows

Feb 28, 2014: Calpine Buys San Antonio-Area Power Plant For $625 Million

Feb 27, 2014: Lesson From Europe: Renewable Energy = Need For Capacity Payments?

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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