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Texas Hearings and Budget Update: January 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted January 28, 2016

On January 26th, the Texas Legislature convened several committees to discuss a wide range of policy issues. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC's Demand Response Order

Demand Response
Posted January 26, 2016

On January 25, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision finding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has jurisdiction over demand response and Order 745 compensation stands.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: January 2016

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted January 11, 2016

This month…

  • At the request of the Public Utility Commission (PUC), stakeholders are examining how the Operating Reserve Demand Curve functioned over the summer months of 2015 and some stakeholders are proposing changes.
  • The ERCOT Board approved the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology changes.
  • Oncor and Hunt seek PUC approval of the acquisition of the Oncor transmission and distribution system by Hunt. 
  • The PUC will approve the Houston Import Project in January.
  • ERCOT continues work on the future Ancillary Services Overhaul with the next step being the review of the cost benefit analysis results.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: December 2015

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted December 8, 2015

This month…

  • At the request of the Public Utility Commission (PUC), stakeholders will examine how the Operating Reserve Demand Curve functioned over the summer months of 2015 and consider adjustments.
  • ERCOT released the December Capacity, Demand, and Reserves Report.
  • TAC endorsed the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology changes.
  • 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 with the next step being the review of the cost benefit analysis results.

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Midwest Regulatory Update: November 2015

Regulatory update - Midwest
Posted November 18, 2015

In recent months, the Midwest has had a number of major policy and regulatory developments that could spur new markets and big changes for the region's energy landscape. Here's a brief state-by-state rundown of the latest news. 

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: November 2015

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted November 6, 2015

This month…

  • At the request of the Public Utility Commission (PUC), stakeholders will look at the effectiveness of the Operating Reserve Demand Curve over the summer months of 2015 and consider changes.
  • ERCOT released the final Winter and Preliminary Spring Seasonal Assessments of Resource Adequacy.
  • TAC endorsed the 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology changes.
  • Oncor and Hunt filed for PUC approval of the acquisition of the Oncor transmission and distribution system by Hunt. 
  • ERCOT continues work on the future Ancillary Services Overhaul with the next step being the review of the cost benefit analysis results.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: October 2015

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted October 9, 2015

This month…

  • The Public Utility Commission (PUC) discussed the effectiveness of the Operating Reserve Demand Curve over the summer months of 2015.
  • The PUC approved the ERCOT Budget and associated System Administrative Fee which will be effective January 1, 2016.
  • ERCOT proposed 2016 Ancillary Services Methodology changes.
  • Oncor and Hunt filed for PUC approval of the acquisition of the Oncor transmission and distribution system by Hunt. 
  • ERCOT continues work on the future Ancillary Services Overhaul with the next step being the completion of the cost benefit analysis.
  • ERCOT announced changes in leadership.

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Mid-Atlantic Regulatory Update: September 2015

Regulatory update - Mid-Atlantic
Posted September 25, 2015

Although legislative sessions have concluded for the year in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, Pennsylvania is still at it.


Governor Tom Wolf’s $225 million energy investment plan remains in play, despite protracted budget negotiations that should have concluded by June 30th. The initiative must be must be passed as part of ongoing budget deliberations with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate. The plan's major components – which are competitively bid or direct grants to residential and business customers – include:

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: September 2015

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted September 1, 2015

This month…

  • ERCOT released the Final Fall and Preliminary Winter Seasonal Assessment for Resource Adequacy.
  • ERCOT filed the Board-approved ERCOT Budget and associated System Administrative Fee for approval at the PUC.  A hearing was held on August 19th.
  • ERCOT provided an overview of the Operating Reserve Demand Curve performance for this summer.
  • ERCOT continues work on the Ancillary Services Overhaul with the next step being the completion of the cost benefit analysis.
  • The Independent Market Monitor released the 2014 State of the Market Report.
  • ERCOT announced that Bill Magness will succeed Trip Doggett as CEO.

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Industry Leaders Voice Concerns over PJM's Capacity Proposal

Regulatory update - United States
Posted August 20, 2015

Last month, we covered PJM Interconnection's new Capacity Performance proposal. Since then, a number of industry leaders have voiced concerns over the plan's impact on customers. 

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