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

Power market design example

Michael Giberson Ever wonder what a RTO power market design looks like?  Here is one view, in the form of the 106-page “Mid Level Description” of the Southwest Power Pool market currently under development.  (Note that the link is to a 1.4 MB zip file which contains the “SPP Future Markets Design/Energy and Operating Reserve … More Power market design example

Overlapping transmission grids in West Texas will give power plants the power to choose

Michael Giberson At the Gulf Coast Power Association meetings last week in Houston, Jay Caspary of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) was discussing transmission expansion plans, and at slide 20 offered a map showing the overlapping transmission plans of SPP and ERCOT.  The purple lines are proposed 765 kV lines in SPP, the red lines … More Overlapping transmission grids in West Texas will give power plants the power to choose