Resources

Across the country there is growing recognition that our electric grid needs to be modernized and expanded. Recent studies and news articles describe the wide-ranging benefits of investing in the electric grid, as well as the costs of under investment. To support our mission to develop America’s next generation energy infrastructure, Grid United participates in policy discussions and regulatory proceedings.

Filings

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Filings

Docket No. RM21-17-000

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.  

File Stamp:   10/13/2021

Filing Party:   Grid United LLC

 

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File Stamp:   12/1/2021

Filing Party:   Grid United LLC

 

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Public Utility Commission of Texas Filings

Project No. 53403

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.

File Stamp: 7/8/22

Filing Party: Grid United

 

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Docket No. 53758

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.

File Stamp: 7/5/2022

Filing Party: Grid United Texas LLC

 

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Docket No. 53169

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.

File Stamp:   3/3/2022

Filing Party:   Grid United LLC

 

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File Stamp:   3/14/2022

Filing Party:   Grid United LLC

 

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Project No. 53169

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.

File Stamp: 9/1/22

Filing Party: Grid United

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studies

Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG)

Date: February 2022

The report describes the factors that should be considered in future macrogrid studies.

 

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Date: October 2020

The study describes the high benefit to cost ratio to adding interregional high voltage direct current transmission lines to the U.S. electric grid. Currently there are seven back-to-back high-voltage direct-current facilities enabling approximately 1 GW of electricity to flow between the Eastern and Western interconnections. This transfer capability between the interconnections is very small compared to the networks they connect—the larger Eastern interconnection is home to 700 GW of generating capacity, and the Western interconnect is home to roughly 250 GW of electricity.

 

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The Brattle Group

Date: June 2016

The study concludes that a transmission buildout would save consumers money as utilities try to meet renewable energy standards and goals.

 

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Grid Strategies

Date: November 2021

Interregional transmission can help keep power flowing when widespread, unplanned generation outages occur, as demonstrated by the extreme weather events referenced in this report. For example, due to a lack of interregional ties, ERCOT was only able to import approximately 800 MW of power from SPP during the week of Winter Storm Uri. While MISO and SPP also experienced similar cold weather conditions, those RTOs were able to import more electricity from other regions experiencing milder temperatures. 

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Date: July 2021

Weather-related power outages cost Americans $25-70 billion annually. This analysis reviews five recent severe weather events to determine the value additional transmission would have provided.
 

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News

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