TCAP Current
Issue 39 | January 2018
Utility-scale energy storage — that is, those big battery arrays that can serve entire neighborhoods — holds great promise both for energy conservation and for grid reliability. But the quickly advancing technology also raises tough regulatory challenges — especially for complex power markets like the one here in Texas.

PUC & Big Batteries

In this month’s TCAP Current I take a deep dive look into thorny policy questions the Texas Public Utility Commission faces as it considers the deployment of the big batteries by regulated utilities.

History of Deregulation Report updated for 2018

Also take a look at TCAP’s updated History of Deregulation report. Presented as "A Market Annual" because it describes key events in a year-by-year fashion, the updated report includes a new chapter describing developments in last year’s Texas energy market, as well as 19 separate annual sections.

ONCOR Rate Increases?

And finally we have a quick review of a rate increase sought by Oncor, the transmission and distribution utility that serves Dallas and Fort Worth. The utility filed the request under a provision of law that allows for the accelerated consideration of rate hikes related to electric distribution investments.


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