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CenterPoint rate decision delayed to continue settlement talks

by Kelso King, Grid Monitor Posted 12/13/2019 Open Meeting Discussion A file stamped letter from CenterPoint was hand-delivered to the commissioners at the beginning of their discussion of this case. CenterPoint informed the Commission that settlement talks addressing the issues in this docket are ongoing and parties believe additional time would be […]

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Lubbock to pay $2.4 million toward transmission route modifications

by Kelso King, Grid Monitor Posted 12/13/2019 The BMWB Coalition, representing landowners, suggested that this situation is unusual because all of the parties supported the route. BMWB noted that LP&L had created serious issues by making a last-minute change to its originally recommended route, which fundamentally altered the landscape of […]

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PUCT approves $100M Sharyland/Lubbock transmission line

by Kelso King, Grid Monitor Posted 09/27/2019 On September 6, 2018, Sharyland and LP&L filed a joint application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) for a CCN to build a new, single-circuit 345-kV transmission line on double-circuit capable structures. The transmission facilities are needed to integrate LP&L into […]

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PUCT identifies issues in SPS rate case

by Kelso King, Grid Monitor Posted 09/12/2019 In August, Southwestern Public Service Company filed an application to increase its base rate by $141.2 million, an increase of 25.5%. A draft Preliminary Order identified 72 issues to be addressed, including issues associated with: ·         Invested Capital — Rate Base and Return; ·         Expenses; ·         Deferred Costs; […]

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PUCT staff recommends no action based on 2018 earnings reports

by Kelso King, Grid MonitorPosted 09/12/2019 At the Texas PUC’s September 12 Open Meeting, Chairman Walker and Commissioner D’Andrea supported Staff’s recommendations to take no action. PUCT staff confirmed that San Miguel Electric Cooperative (D-49900) and Lyntegar Electric Cooperative (D-49943) had recently filed applications to update their wholesale transmission rates. Staff […]

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PUCT to change process for approving rate case expenses

by Kelso King, Grid Monitor Source – Grid Monitor Posted 07/19/2019 Due to concerns about “inter-generational” issues arising from approving rate case expenses incurred years ago, PUCT Chairman Walker expressed interest in changing the current process, i.e., to the rate case they are associated with. The Chair recommended remanding the […]

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Texas PUC defers DAM changes to get RTC ASAP

by Kelso King, Grid Monitor Source – Grid Monitor Posted 07/19/2019 ERCOT informed the Commission that including enhancements to the Day-Ahead Market would add 2 years to the implementation of Real-Time Co-optimization of Energy and Ancillary Services in ERCOT. Chairman Walker was unwilling to have a 2-year delay, adding that […]

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NextEra files federal lawsuit to overturn SB 1938

Mark Bruce, Source – Grid Monitor, Posted 06/25/2019 Calling a law adopted last month by the Texas Legislature, “discriminatory on its face,” NextEra Energy Capital Holdings, Inc. and four other NextEra transmission owner/developer entities filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking to invalidate Senate Bill 1938, which limits the Public […]

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