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


November Wind Generation Output Sets Records Across the Wind Belt, 11/22/2012

It's not only ERCOT. SPP sets record on 5215 MWs of wind on November 17th. Xcel Energy’s utility system in Colorado frequently obtains more than 55% of its electricity from wind energy. For all of 2011, wind energy provided about 20% of the electricity produced in Iowa and South Dakota. see more


South Texas Nuclear Unit Shut Down for Refueling, 10/30/2012

The South Texas Project (STP) has started a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage of Unit 1, the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co.  see more


Brattle Report Details ERCOT Market Design Options to Increase Resources, 10/23/2012

Brattle Group has submitted its report outlining market design options facing the PUC. Revised ERCOT reserve calculations were also filed. see more


Calpine to Purchase 800 MW Bosque Power Plant for $432 Million, 10/4/2012

Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) has agreed to purchase the 800 megawatt power plant owned by Bosque Power Co., LLC, for $432 million plus adjustments, or approximately $540 per kilowatt. see more


Report Recommends Austin Sell Its Stake in Coal-Fired Power Plant, 9/17/2012

Austin Energy unveiled a much-anticipated report on Monday that concluded it could replace its share of the coal-fired Fayette power plant with a natural gas facility at reasonable cost to the city. see more


ERCOT Anticipates Sufficient Generation Resources for Upcoming Fall and Winter, 9/4/2012

A new Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) released today by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) anticipates that there will be enough power available to serve consumer needs within the ERCOT grid during the upcoming fall. see more

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