Regulatory Updates by Region

ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: August 2015

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted August 1, 2015

This month…

  • The PUC is reviewing the Reserve Margin Target for ERCOT.  
  • ERCOT filed the Board-approved ERCOT Budget and associated System Administrative Fee for approval at the PUC.  A hearing is scheduled for August 19th.
  • ERCOT continues work on the Ancillary Services Overhaul with the next step being the completion of the cost benefit analysis.
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4 Key Takeaways from the Summer’s Biggest Gathering of Utility Leaders

Regulatory update - United States
Posted July 28, 2015

Earlier this month, more than 1,200 utility industry leaders and experts convened in New York City for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) summer meeting. Based on the gathering’s many conversations and presentations, here are four major takeaways.

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: July 2015

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted July 7, 2015

This month…

  • The PUC is reviewing the Reserve Margin Target for ERCOT.  
  • The ERCOT Board approved a new ERCOT Budget and associated System Administrative Fee.  The PUC must approve the budget and fee.
  • ERCOT continues work on the Ancillary Services Overhaul with the next step being the completion of the cost benefit analysis.
  • The ERCOT meteorologist provided an overview of his expectations for this summer at the ERCOT Board meeting.
  • ERCOT stakeholders are reviewing a number of long-term market design issues.

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Supreme Court Rejects Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Regulatory update - United States
Posted June 30, 2015

On Monday June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered compliance costs before issuing its landmark limits for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants. 

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In Texas, We Like Our Home Cookin’ and Only Our Home Cookin’

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted June 25, 2015

Texans make no bones about liking food.  As fiercely independent renegades who produce and sell enormous amounts of crops and critters, Texans have come to love all forms of cuisine, especially if deep fried in a dense batter and spicy.  And just like food, Texans enjoy creating and controlling other aspects of the state’s economy including electric generation, transmission and sales.  We cannot deep fry it and spoon it onto a plate, but electricity has been an entree for Texans over the last 75 years.  

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ERCOT Regulatory Highlights: June 2015

Regulatory update - Texas
Posted June 12, 2015

This month…

  • The PUC continues to work toward determining the Reserve Margin Target for ERCOT. 
  • An increase to the offer cap occurred on June 1st.
  • ERCOT continues work on the Ancillary Services Overhaul with the next step being the completion of the cost benefit analysis.
  • The Texas Legislature session ended June 1 with few bills passing related to the electric industry in Texas.

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Gas Capacity Issue Front and Center in New England

Regulatory update - New England
Posted May 28, 2015

While the weather continues to warm up in New England, for energy policymakers the events of the past two winters are still very much in the news.  The region saw price spikes in the wholesale electricity markets, driven by cold weather and a continued increase in the reliance on gas-fired electric generation.

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FERC Rejects Role in Reviewing State Compliance Proposals Under Clean Power Plan

Regulatory update - United States
Posted May 28, 2015

After conducting several cross-country technical conferences on the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, FERC rejected calls from some parts of the utility industry to review the plans states will submit to EPA outlining how they would comply with the proposed Clean Power Plan.

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Ontario regulatory updates

Regulatory update - Canada
Posted May 14, 2015

Latest regulatory updates from the Ontario Energy Board

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British Columbia regulatory updates

Regulatory update - Canada
Posted May 14, 2015

Latest regulatory updates from the British Columbia Utilities Commission

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