GCPA Announces Dates for Remaining 2015 Special Briefings and Conferences, 2/17/2015

Mark your calendars! Next month, GCPA will open registration for the first of four events occurring between May and November of 2015. You won’t want to miss these superior educational and networking opportunities including SPP and MISO Special Briefings, the GCPA Fall Conference and the GCPA emPOWERing Women 2nd Annual Leadership Conference. see more

Mexico’s Energy Market Reform Highlighted at 2015 Spring Conference, 2/17/2015

Are you are one of the many who has an avid interest in the transformative changes currently taking place in Mexico as the country’s electric energy market restructures? If so, you won’t want to miss this year’s Spring Conference and pre-conference workshop. see more

Robert “Bob” Webb Named 2015 GCPA Power Star Award Recipient, 2/17/2015

The Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Robert Webb as the 2015 recipient of the GCPA Pat Wood Power Star Award. This award is presented annually in recognition of the honoree’s significant contributions towards the advancement of competitive energy markets in Texas. see more

GCPA emPOWERing Women Conference: Institutional Challenges Persist in Effort to Recruit Women, 11/13/2014

When Susan Tomasky interviewed for her first position at American Electric Power Co., she encountered an unpleasant surprise. Tomasky, who retired from the Ohio utility in 2011 after 13 years of service, had just stepped onto the top floor of AEP's corporate headquarters and was excited to see a beautiful lobby and luxurious offices. But when she asked to use the women's restroom, she was escorted down a service corridor, past the copy machine and into a hidden section of the office. see more

CPS Signs PPA with Coal Fueled IGCC Project in Texas, 10/13/2014

CPS Energy has announced a new Power Purchase Agreement with Summit Power, which is developing a new clean coal project in Texas. see more

Why Some Female Execs Stay Cool While Others Get Burned, 10/9/2014

Julie Hermann, Mary Barra and Julia Pierson have been in the hot seat this year for controversies in their respective workplaces. see more

GCPA Board Member John Moore Passes Away, 4/4/2014

The Gulf Coast Power Association lost a leader, expert and friend on April 2 with the passing of John Moore.  see more

John Moore to be Honored with Special Recognition Award by GCPA, 3/28/2014

The Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) Board of Directors is pleased to recognize John Moore for his contributions to GCPA and to the electric power industry. see more

EDF Renewable Energy Acquires Longhorn North Wind Project from RES Americas, 12/19/2013

EDF Renewable Energy announced today that it has acquired the Longhorn North Wind Project from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas). see more

Brattle Group Study Indicates Gas, Renewables Will Provide State’s Future Electricity Needs, 12/10/2013

Over the next two decades, natural gas and renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, will provide all new power generation for the state’s primary electricity grid, a new study predicts. see more

ERCOT Staff Explains New Load Forecasting Method, 12/4/2013

ERCOT staff laid out their new load forecast methodology at the Technical Advisory Committee meeting on December 3. see more

Climate Change “Tipping Point”, 12/3/2013

UC Berkley has issued a report laying out the abrupt changes that can occur due to climate change. see more

Calpine to Buy Gas Plant and Development Rights, 12/2/2013

According to Reuters, Calpine is expanding their ERCOT based fleet of natural gas fired units by purchasing the former Guadalupe Power Partners plant near San Antonio. see more

Texas Legislature Passes New Energy Policy to Support Cogeneration , 5/29/2013

Concerns about power generation margins or resource adequacy and water shortages have lead Texas to a policy crossroads. Texas Combined Heat & Power Initiative (TXCHPI) salutes the Texas Legislature for passing House Bill (HB) 2049, by Texas Representative Dan Huberty (Dist. 127, Houston). The policy removes regulatory barriers and improves the business climate for cogeneration facilities in Texas. see more

Texas governor lets PUCT reauthorization bill become law, 5/28/2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on May 25 filed without his signature a bill reauthorizing the Public Utility Commission of Texas while creating a closer relationship between the utility regulators and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. at a time when the agencies are working together to resolve the Lone Star State's grid reliability issues. In filing H.B. 1600 without his signature, Perry allowed the bill to become law. The governor issued a brief statement that did not delve into energy issues in the state but instead addressed the issue of transferring responsibility for regulating water and wastewater rates, services and certificates of public convenience and necessity from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the PUCT effective Sept. 1, 2014. see more

Texas PUC Approves ETT Application to Build Laredo-to-Rio Grande Valley Transmission Line, 5/16/2013

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) unanimously approved May 9 an application by Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT) for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) to build a 345-kV transmission line from the Laredo area into the Rio Grande Valley. see more

Federal Energy Policy – Is There One?, 5/6/2013

No matter how you look at it, the US does have a federal energy policy.  You might ask what is it?  Where is it?  When did it get enacted into law?  The answers to these questions may not be exactly clear.  One thing is certain, a federal energy policy is like a tapestry woven together by court rulings, regulatory processes, executive orders, presidential appointments, congressional actions, congressional inactions, state and regional actions and more.  A federal energy policy is complex. see more

New ERCOT Pilot Program Offers Incentives To Reduce Electric Use During Summer Peaks, 3/26/2013

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors at its March meeting approved a pilot for the upcoming summer that will expand its options to reduce electric use during peak summer conditions when demand is high and power supplies are tight. see more

ERCOT Names Brad Jones and Ken McIntyre as New Vice Presidents, 3/20/2013

ERCOT named Brad Jones as vice president of Commercial Operations, overseeing Market Operations, Settlement and Retail Operations, Market Design and Development, and Client Relations. see more

John Stauffacher Named 2013 GCPA Power Star Award Recipient, 3/5/2013

The GCPA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has selected John Stauffacher as the 2013 recipient of the GCPA Pat Wood Power Star Award. This award is presented annually in recognition of the honoree's significant contributions towards the advancement of competitive energy markets in Texas. see more

Spring Conference Keynoter Commissioner Clark Reflects on Top FERC Issues , 1/30/2013

The newest FERC Commissioner Tony Clark who will be a keynoter at GCPA's Spring 2013 Conference says that he does not want to pick one area of energy regulation to focus on during his term. see more

2012 Energy Use in ERCOT Region down nearly 3 Percent from 2011, 1/10/2013

Electric use in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region decreased 2.7 percent in 2012 compared to consumption in 2011, which included the state’s hottest summer on record. see more

Wind Power Credit Tied to Budget Deal, 1/1/2013

Senate and House negotiators have added a one-year extension of the federal tax credit for wind-power manufacturers to the tax-and-spending deal Monday that lawmakers hoped would keep the federal budget from going over the "fiscal cliff" of automatic higher taxes and spending cuts. see more

NRG Drops Plan for Additional 800 MW Coal Unit at Limestone, 12/7/2012

NRG is seeking permits to build two large natural gas units, each with a capacity similar to the cancelled coal unit, but has no plans to build them until the price signals in the ERCOT provide more financial incentives to make the commitment. see more

Entergy Operating Companies File Executed Transmission Owner Agreements with MISO, 12/3/2012

After receiving state regulatory approval for each operating company, Entergy has executed Transmission Owner agreements with MISO. Entergy appears to be on track to switch to MISO a year from now in December 2013. see more

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