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Magness to become ERCOT CEO


Bill Magness – currently general counsel of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas – will take over as CEO of the grid operator next year from Trip Doggett, after a vote by the board of directors Tuesday, FuelFix reports.

ERCOT reports first-ever demand over 69,000MW


As the temperatures continued to soar in Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported a record-setting peak demand of 69,408 megawatts Monday afternoon, according to KVUE.

ERCOT so far weathering heat wave demand


Triple-digit temperatures and record electricity demand have failed to cause problems for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in recent days, although observers warn the system reliability could be affected by factors in the longer term, including the retirement of aging power plants and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.

Texas sets new power mark again: ERCOT


For the second time in two days, the heat wave scorching Texas helped set an electricity record – with the new peak demand mark of 68,912 megawatts reached between 4 and 5 p.m. Thursday, FuelFix reports.

Demand record set Wednesday in roasting Texas: ERCOT


As temperatures climbed, Texans were using more electricity than ever before on Wednesday afternoon, setting a peak demand record of 68,459 megawatts that shattered an old mark set four years ago, KXAN reports.

New NY grid rules to be in place next year: Zibelman

The Washington Post

New rules governing New York’s electric grid, which will encourage small-scale production, should be in place by next year, state Public Service Commission chief Audrey Zibelman told The Washington Post.

Green Mountain Power going big on batteries

The Associated Press

Elon Musk’s Powerwall batteries have attracted the interest of Green Mountain Power Corp. in Vermont, where CEO Mary Powell sees them as the key element in the transition to a more community-driven model in the power market, The Associated Press reports.

California ISO widens electricity market


Companies would be allowed to collect energy generated from scattered sources – including rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles – and bundle it together for resale on the wholesale market, under new rules approved by the California Independent System Operator, Bloomberg reports.

Office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Democrats charge GOP with undercutting cybersecurity in DOE funding bill

Senate Republicans’ bill to fund the Energy Department severely undercuts cybersecurity efforts for the grid, Democrats charged on Wednesday, saying the budget framework would put the nation’s energy infrastructure at risk for cyberattacks.

On a call with reporters, Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., said the $35.4 billion bill, advanced with bipartisan support by the Senate Appropriations Committee, offered inadequate funding for both cybersecurity and power grid upgrade programs.

Protecting the grid from solar storms while debating its evolution

The resilience and flexibility of the nation's power grid took center stage in Washington Thursday, as officials sought to strengthen the current energy infrastructure and set groundrules for its evolution in the face of advanced technologies.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed new standards to better protect the grid from the impact of solar storms, while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee began pondering rules for upgrading the grid to handle distributed generation, battery storage and other new technologies. 


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