Texas PUC directs staff to draft order approving Oncor-Sempra deal


The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Thursday directed its staff to draft an order approving Sempra Energy’s purchase of Oncor Electric Delivery, majority owner of Texas’ largest transmission system, in a deal valued at almost $16.5 billion.

DeAnn Walker, who chairs the PUC, directed Stephen Journeay, the commission’s director of commission advising and docket management, to delegate to a staffer the preparation of an …

MISO’s inability to manage generation outages a factor in January price spike


The Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s lack of authority to manage resource outages played a big role in the MISO South Region’s maximum generation event and high power prices in January, the independent market monitor said Wednesday.

During a meeting of the Entergy Regional State Committee, a group of regulatory representatives from MISO South’s footprint of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, David Patton, president of Potomac Economics, MISO’s IMM, noted that …

Texas PUC should mull cutting reliability capacity from ORDC formula


In a memo filed Thursday, Public Utility Commission of Texas staff recommended considering the removal of generation committed for reliability from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ calculations used with its Operating Reserve Demand Curve, a scarcity price adder, which drew mixed reactions from industry observers Friday.

Currently, generation committed for reliability purposes is included in the actual reserves used in the ORDC calculation. Such units can be committed on a temporary basis, known as …

Midway Solar Project Will Be the Largest Solar Farm in Texas

Wonder how the new solar panel excise tax will affect this project.


By Zoey Hanrahan
MCCAMEY, TX. – The largest solar project in Texas history to date has broken ground on Jan. 18 in Pecos County about 10 miles south of McCamey.

Unlike the oil industry and its inconsistent swings, the sun is predictable. The fact that the sun rises every morning and sets every night is an inevitable event that humans can reap the benefits of. Energy. …

Deliverability key for US grid resiliency: NRG Energy CEO


Power deliverability is similarly important as fuel certainty in supporting US power system resiliency, NRG Energy’s CEO said in a podcast released Tuesday, so deliverability should be considered in any response to the US Department of Energy’s “resiliency” notice of proposed rulemaking.

In a Columbia Energy Exchange podcast released Tuesday by Columbia University’s Center on …

PJM debates energy price formation changes


As the PJM Interconnection advances the process of changing the way it calculates prices, stakeholders at a Thursday meeting discussed various market issues to be considered, including hedging, balancing congestion and demand curve modeling.

“We’re trying to fully capture what we want in the discussion under energy price formation,” …