Regulatory Updates by Region

ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: December 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted December 8, 2016

This month…

  • ERCOT is moving forward with different Reserve Margin Target options.
  • The Emergency Response Service (ERS) proposed rule comments were filed in November, reply comments were filed in early in December.
  • The Reliability Must Run (RMR) rulemaking continues, a workshop is scheduled for December.
  • The PUC continues to discuss Distributed Generation Interconnection rules.
  • The PUC set a schedule for the review of the acquisition of Oncor by NextEra.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: November 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted November 17, 2016

This month…

  • Reserve Margin Target options are back up for discussion at the PUC.
  • ERCOT Releases Winter Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy.
  • Commissioners approved a proposed rule for publication for Emergency Response Service (ERS) changes with comments due in December.
  • Numerous Reliability Must Run (RMR) items changed this month, including Board approval of new procedures and reconsideration of the NRG and Calpine RMR determinations.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: October 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted October 10, 2016

This month…

  • Reserve Margin Target options are back up for discussion at the PUC.
  • Stakeholders filed comments regarding changing the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program and Commissioners provided guidance for how to move ahead.
  • Numerous Reliability Must Run (RMR) items were discussed this month, including TAC approval of new procedures.
  • Calpine filed a Notice of Suspension of Operations for resources in the Houston Load Zone and in an initial determination, ERCOT indicates the units are needed for reliability.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: September 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted September 6, 2016

This month…

  • Reserve Margin Target discussions and other market design issues remain on hold at the PUC.
  • ERCOT filed the Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy for Fall
  • Numerous stakeholders filed comments regarding changing the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program and PUC staff seeks further direction from Commissioners.
  • NRG’s Greens Bayou Unit 5 (GB5) is now under Reliability Must Run contract with ERCOT.  ERCOT issued an RFP for Must Run Alternatives (MRA) to GB5 in July.  Final MRA decisions will be made this month.
  • Calpine filed a Notice of Suspension of Operations for resources in the Houston Load Zone and in an initial determination, ERCOT indicates the units are needed for reliability.
  • The PUC is investigating Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms.
  • The PUC Approved a Proposal for Publication Related to Distributed Generation Interconnection Agreement.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: August 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted August 9, 2016

This month…

  • The PUC received more comments on the planning reserve margin target.
  • Numerous stakeholders filed comments regarding changing the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program.
  • NRG’s Greens Bayou Unit 5 (GB5) is now under Reliability Must Run contract with ERCOT.  ERCOT issued an RFP for Must Run Alternatives to GB5 in July.  Proposals are due in August.
  • ERCOT EMS Failure results in need for resettlement of July 7.
  • The PUC hired a consultant to report on Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms, the report has been released.
  • The PUC Approved a Proposal for Publication Related to Distributed Generation Interconnection Agreements.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: July 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted July 6, 2016

This month…

  • Modifications to the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology go into effect July 1.
  • The Independent Market Monitor filed the State of the Market Report for ERCOT.
  • The PUC requested comments regarding changing the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program.
  • NRG’s Greens Bayou Unit 5 (GB5) is now under Reliability Must Run contract with ERCOT.  ERCOT will issue an RFP for Must Run Alternatives to GB5 in July.
  • The Future Ancillary Services Overhaul rejection was not appealed to the Board.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: June 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted June 8, 2016

This month…

  • Modifications to the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology have been introduced and approved at the TAC level.
  • After conditional approval by the PUC of the transfer of ownership of Oncor to Hunt, Hunt filed for a motion for rehearing, then asked the PUC to vacate the final order without prejudice.
  • The PUC opened a rulemaking to investigate changing the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program.
  • NRG’s Greens Bayou Unit 5 is now under Reliability Must Run contract with ERCOT.
  • ERCOT stakeholders rejected the Future Ancillary Services Overhaul.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: May 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted May 9, 2016

This month…

  • The Public Utility Commission (PUC) received comments on Project No. 45572 which was opened to review the parameters of the Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC).
  • ERCOT released the May Capacity, Demand, and Reserves Report and the Summer Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy.
  • Several proposals for modifications to the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology have been introduced and approved.
  • After conditional approval by the PUC of the transfer of ownership of Oncor to Hunt, Hunt filed for a motion for rehearing.
  • PUC to open rulemaking and investigate changing the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program.
  • ERCOT continues work on the future Ancillary Services Overhaul

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: April 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted April 7, 2016

This month…

  • The Public Utility Commission (PUC) received comments on Project No. 45572 which was opened to review the parameters of the Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC).
  • Several proposals for modifications to the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology have been introduced.
  • The PUC conditionally approved the acquisition of the Oncor transmission and distribution system by Hunt. 
  • ERCOT continues work on the future Ancillary Services Overhaul.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: March 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted March 3, 2016

This month…

  • The Public Utility Commission (PUC), opened a Project No. 45572 to review the parameters of the Operating Reserve Demand Curve.
  • ERCOT released the Final Spring Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) on March 1.
  • Several Proposals are looking at modifications to the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology.
  • Oncor and Hunt seek PUC approval of the acquisition of the Oncor transmission and distribution system by Hunt. 
  • ERCOT continues work on the future Ancillary Services Overhaul and a competing NPRR has been filed to modify the Current Ancillary Services.

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