“Texas regulators, power market stakeholders debate RMR rule fixes” ; Dec. 15, 2016
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.
But Katie Coleman, an attorney representing Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, said, “We don’t necessarily agree that an RMR contract represents market failure.”
Instead, TIEC views the need for an RMR unit as a problem with delays in transmission planning, Coleman said.
TIEC’s Coleman noted that San Antonio’s CPS Energy let the market know of a unit’s planned closure two years in advance.
“We think the [180-day notice] proposal in the strawman rule is a reasonable compromise,” Coleman said. “We had members who considered putting in for the [must-run alternative] process, but it was too quick. We do think there’s value in giving the process additional time.”