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Wind penetration on central US grid hits 52% Sunday night, breaking record

Ars Technica

by Megan Geuss
Southwest Power Pool operates transmission lines from Montana to Louisiana.

An organization that manages transmission systems across the central US announced on Tuesday that it broke a record for wind penetration in North America. On Sunday at 4:30am, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) became the first regional transmission organization (RTO) to serve 52.1 percent of its load using wind energy.
SPP also set the previous record in April 2016 with 49.2 percent wind generation. A record previous to that …

MISO to face change


MISO to face change, but how much and how quickly is unknown: CEO

While the “magnitude or speed of change” in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s regulatory and market future is unknown, the ISO’s top executive said Tuesday that “we do know it’s going to be different.”
During MISO’s Informational Forum, John Bear, MISO president and CEO, described how drastically MISO’s generation fleet has changed over the past 11 years, with the coal fleet falling  …

The Growing Distribution Challenge of Rural Retail


By Ralph Lieberthal

Thanks to mobility and almost constant connectivity, we can now shop anywhere at any time. While this certainly benefits all consumers, the impact on rural customers is hard to ignore. Located far from brick and mortar retailers, buying virtually anything you want online and having it delivered to your doorstep has transformed not only rural consumers’ expectations but also retail business models.
The New Distribution Dilemma
Not surprisingly, convenience has driven the appeal for rural online commerce due to the distance to physical store locations. Servicing the increasing demand of these customers, however, has turned into a losing proposition for some retailers due to the cost of delivery. To …

Houston power co. proposes divestments on FERC concerns

Houston Business Journal

Joshua Mann Reporter Houston Business Journal

Houston-based Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN) responded to regulatory concerns around its upcoming $3.3 billion purchase of power generation assets from Engie SA (EPA: ENGI) with a proposal to divest some of its other assets.
Specifically, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cited competitive concerns in two regions. The first was the ComEd Locational Delivery Area in PJM Interconnection, and the second was the the Southeastern New England capacity zone in ISO New England Inc. ComEd LDA is in the northern part of …

ERCOT tightens summer 2017 power supply-demand forecast


A more robust economic outlook prompted the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to forecast next summer’s power supply to be tighter than it had forecast in May, but ERCOT should have sufficient supply to meet demand, a new report shows.
ERCOT’s latest Capacity, Demand and Reserves Report, released Thursday, includes expected peakload forecasts and capacity for the next 10 years. ERCOT issues the CDR usually in …

Texas regulators, power market stakeholders debate RMR rule fixes


Texas regulators and power market stakeholders on Wednesday brainstormed how best to limit the Electric Reliability Council of Texas use of reliability-must-run contracts and how to price their services when needed.
Julia Harvey, Public Utility Commission of Texas director of wholesale market policy, conducted a rulemaking workshop for Project No. 46369, with topics including the use of RMR capacity in various ERCOT capacity calculations, the timeline for evaluating RMR and …