Tres Amigas Project Overview

Michael Giberson The Texas Tribune offers an up-to-date overview of the Tres Amigas project. Here is the intro: Texas has always operated its own energy grid, separate from the two other grids that span the rest of the nation. But a project quietly emerging in eastern New Mexico would curb that independence — and affect … More Tres Amigas Project Overview

Tres Amigas in the News

Michael Giberson Tres Amigas, as seen by their hometown newspaper The Santa Fe New Mexican, “Supersized power hub in southeastern N.M. to link 3 major U.S. grids“: Phil Harris is masterminding an electricity superhighway — a facility near Clovis that will connect the nation’s three main power grids for the first time. The Tres Amigas … More Tres Amigas in the News

Commercial, Merchant Compressed-air Energy Storage Plant Under Development?

Michael Giberson Wind power RFP processes* are common enough these days, typically driven by renewable energy mandates placed on utilities. A recent wind power RFP announcement out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is different. A new company, Chamisa Energy, has initiated an RFP seeking wind power to pair up with a planned compressed-air energy storage … More Commercial, Merchant Compressed-air Energy Storage Plant Under Development?

Tres Amigas Gets Half a Loaf from Ferc, Tips on Gaining Other Half

Michael Giberson On March 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted on the Tres Amigas project’s two regulatory requests submitted last October.  Tres Amigas has proposed to link the large scale power interconnections covering the eastern and western halves of the United States with the ERCOT interconnection in Texas.  The New Mexico-based project would facilitate … More Tres Amigas Gets Half a Loaf from Ferc, Tips on Gaining Other Half

Texas and the Tres Amigas Interconnection

Michael Giberson Over the holiday NYTimes.com posted a story by ClimateWire reporter Peter Behr that does a pretty good job of describing the proposed Tres Amigas project (proposing to link the three main electric regions in the U.S. – Eastern, Western, and Texas) and surrounding issues.  Among other things, the story provides a good short … More Texas and the Tres Amigas Interconnection

Cold Snap Brings Rolling Power Outages to Texas; is Ercot Policy of Isolation at Fault?

Michael Giberson [Note: This item was originally posted at MasterResource as: “Texas Power Outages: A Preliminary Analysis (Cold snap brings failure–isolated ERCOT an issue)“] Wednesday morning, ERCOT, the power grid operator for much of Texas, called upon local distribution companies to cut power to blocks of consumers on a rotating basis. The rolling outages were a … More Cold Snap Brings Rolling Power Outages to Texas; is Ercot Policy of Isolation at Fault?

Incentives for Efficient Use of Storage in Electric Power Systems

Michael Giberson In the most recent Energy Journal, Ramteem Sioshonsi has an article examining the welfare effects of the incentives to use energy storage in electric power systems. (“Welfare Impacts of Electricity Storage and the Implications of Ownership Structure,” See volume 31:2 here.) He considers the incentives faced by consumers, generators, and merchant energy storage … More Incentives for Efficient Use of Storage in Electric Power Systems

Tres Amigas Wants to Take Cheap Electric Power Away from Hard-Working Texas Families

Michael Giberson I spent the middle of last week in Austin at the University of Texas-Law conference on wind, solar and geothermal energy law, and as a side bonus got to hear some informal, Austin-based commentary on the Tres Amigas proposal to interconnect the Eastern, Western, and Texas electric grids. It will give you some … More Tres Amigas Wants to Take Cheap Electric Power Away from Hard-Working Texas Families

The Benefits of the Proposed Tres Amigas Interconnection

Michael Giberson Both of the Tres Amigas filings at FERC (see background) provide summaries of the anticipated benefits of the proposed interconnection between the Eastern, Western, and ERCOT interconnections.  Each of the five kinds of benefits listed below seem plausible to me.  While estimating the size of the benefits would require a lot of hard … More The Benefits of the Proposed Tres Amigas Interconnection

The Right Market Design for Trade Between Power Markets

Michael Giberson Windpower Monthly has a great article describing changes in the market for transmission capacity between power systems in Europe and the benefits of the changes.  Here is a summary by way of selected quotes, but the full story is worth reading: Most of the electricity cables connecting Europe were built when electricity systems … More The Right Market Design for Trade Between Power Markets