Sent by ERCOT last week:
In accordance with the recommendation from RMS, there will be an Inadvertent Gain Workshop held on Thursday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the ERCOT MET Center in Room 168. A draft agenda and the RMS Issue are attached. ALSO, if you have a specific issue that you would like to discuss OR a best practice for handling Inadvertent Gains that you would like to share, please send to Kyle Patrick and to me by COB on Wednesday, March 28.
Please contact Jennifer Garcia if you have any questions. Thanks!
Jennifer Garcia, Market Advocate & TDSP Liaison
On a quick first read it appears to be very similar, if not identical to SB 482 as amended by Regulated Industries.
Docket 33156: TEXAS STATE ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS (IBEW) PETITION FOR DECLARATORY ORDER REGARDING SAFETY AND RELIABILITY
Also during the Open Meeting on March 20th, the Commission voted to abate this docket for 30 days to allow time for consideration of the impact of the KKR/Texas Pacific Group transaction on this deal….
As discussed during last week’s open meeting, the Commission has opened a Rate Case proceeding against TXU Electric Delivery…
The proceeding has been assigned docket number 34040 and the Commission is expected to discuss the proceeding during its Open Meeting on March 29th.
Yes, the House Regulated Industries Committee too action on both HB 1189 and SB 482 last week. HB 1189 was approved during the regularly scheduled committee meeting on Tuesday, while it appears SB 482 was approved in a called meeting of the Committee on Wednesday.
The Regulated Industries Committee passed a substitute of HB 1189. Unfortunately, the text of that version is not yet publicly available.
A quick read through SB 482 yields the following:
- It appears the customer protection rules would only apply to residential customers (not commercial)
- Most of the objectionable language existing in previous versions of this bill have been removed. See prior posts for a recounting of what this bill did include at one time…
By Ray Perryman, Midland Reporter-Telegram, 03/17/07
Throughout its history, Texas has always been a leader.
By John Porretto, AP, Austin American-Statesman, 03/19/07
OAK RIDGE NORTH — Chicken fat and a $3.5 million investment are behind a breakthrough in the way Texans heat, cool and light their homes and offices.
By KRISTEN HOLLAND, Dallas Morning News, 03/18/07
TXU, which has been hammered for its coal plants and business practices, is in the middle of another power struggle.
Web Posted: 03/14/2007 10:22 PM CDT Vicki Vaughan San Antonio Express-News Business Writer
Some CPS Energy workers will have to step down to lesser jobs and lower pay if they opt to stay with the utility, according to a plan to be presented to the utility’s board, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. CPS Energy is eliminating 46 jobs and creating 17 new ones, a net loss of 29 jobs, spokeswoman Theresa Cortez said….
Mar 16 – McClatchy-Tribune Business News Formerly Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News – Dan Piller Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas
The Gulf winds that have blown everything from deadly hurricanes to wind-surfing tourists at Galveston now appear to be putting the city in the forefront of the nation’s developing wind-energy industry.
Senate Bill 483 largely deals with market power mitigation. In addition to the market power mitigation language other key provisions include:
- allowing the PUCT to order refunds for market power abuse
- prevent an affiliate of a utility from using the utility’s corporate name, trademark, brand, logo or any portion thereof, on or after January 1, 2008
SB 896 grants the PUCT authority to review/approve mergers and acquisitions (like the TXU deal).
SB 482 is the main re-write of chapter 39 retail issues and has major changes since the committee draft. It incorporates many of the key provisions of Sen. Hinojosa’s in SB 444/HB1394 (Turner). Folks, this is bad for REPs… key items highlighted below:
- no deposits allowed if customers document good payment history with another REP
- a yearly disconnect moratorium low income elderly
- no cancellation penalties allowed for month to month contracts
- deferred payment plans offered during extreme weather emergencies must allow for 5 months to repay
- definition of extreme weather (heat) changed to be a heat index of 100 degrees (no longer a heat advisory)
- specifies the purpose for which the AREP penalty payments are to be used — the penalty for failing to shed customers
- changes the mechanism and threshold for PUCT evaluation of the AREP price for former PTB customers