Grid United provided comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Building for the Future Through Electric Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation and Generation Interconnection. Grid United commented in the docket in support of a more efficient grid with fewer impediments to sharing generation between regions.
Grid United filed comments with the Public Utility Commission of Texas in response to a request to comment on how to better incentivize resiliency and reliability projects. Grid United is supportive of the Commission’ s efforts to provide ERCOT with additional tools to incentivize projects, like Pecos West, that are critical for the ongoing reliability and resiliency of the Texas Grid, and which also have significant consumer benefits.
Grid United Texas filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas for the Pecos West Intertie Project, a grid strengthening transmission project providing significant reliability, resiliency, and economic benefits to Texans within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and El Paso. The Pecos West project consists of two proposed 1,500 MW, high-voltage direct current converter stations in the West Texas region of ERCOT (near Bakersfield) and El Paso in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), bridging two key Texas markets and delivering next generation enhancements to the state’s electric infrastructure. The HVDC converter stations will be connected by an approximately 250-300 mile HVDC intertie line. At 1,500 MW, Pecos West will provide more capacity to import power into the ERCOT region from other grids at times of scarcity than all of the currently existing Texas direct-current ties combined. Grid United Texas is seeking a determination by the PUC that the project is in the public interest and that the public convenience and necessity support the interconnection, permitting the project to proceed through additional federal and state approval processes. Grid United Texas will obtain all necessary approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure ERCOT’s jurisdictional status quo as part of its future regulatory filings.
Grid United filed comments with the Public Utility Commission of Texas in response to proposed changes to transmission service charges for exporting power outside the ERCOT region. Grid United filed in support of the Public Utility Commission’s proposal to reduce export charges in ERCOT. ERCOT currently has five inter-ties to neighboring grids providing limited import and export capabilities.
Grid United filed comments with the Public Utility Commission of Texas in response to the request for comment by the Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas regarding export tariff rulemaking. As the nation’ s largest producer of fossil fuels and renewable energy, Texas should build on its lead by encouraging the responsible export of its natural resources.