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All but one Texas generator have shared winter weatherization plans


AUSTIN (KXAN) – All but one of Texas’s power producers have submitted plans for the state’s weatherization, according to a new filing with the Texas Utilities Commission.

Hundreds of power transmission and generation entities were required to submit their winter preparedness plans to the agency by December 1, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, submitted a report. on who is in compliance Friday morning. This assessment of their weather readiness is the result of a historic winter storm that left millions of Texans without power. Some generator sets were unable to operate due to the conditions, straining the network.

The report shows that 100% of transmission companies, including Bluebonnet and Pedernales Electric Cooperatives in central Texas, submitted their plans on time. Eight generation companies have passed the deadline to file reports for 13 specific power generation resources.

As of Friday, only an entity called BT Cooke Solar, LLC had failed to file a case. KXAN has contacted a representative of this group and will update this story when they receive a response.

Earlier this week, the PUC said those eight entities generate less than 1% of the state’s total capacity, but it has already started taking enforcement action against companies that have missed the deadline.

The agency said entities that receive violations have 20 days to respond and can request a hearing.

“I am delighted that the industry is taking our tight deadlines seriously. This is just one more step in strengthening our network, ”PUC Executive Director Thomas Gleeson said in an agency press release.

Of the 846 preparation reports submitted, 244 reports requested exceptions or extensions on the grounds of “valid reason for non-compliance”.

ERCOT has reviewed around 70% of these good cause claims and, according to the report, does not believe these production units are “totally unprepared” for the extreme winter conditions.

The report says some of the owners of these factories described delays of two or three weeks in getting the right equipment or completing the remaining work. Others have stated that some requirements do not apply to their production resource. For example, part of the new rule requires entities to confirm that their air humidity prevention systems are working, but some entities have indicated that their wind resources do not have air humidity prevention systems. the air.

ERCOT and PUC staff review all claims of good cause, and whether they disagree with a
the assertion of the entity, this entity must initiate a formal request and proceedings before the PUC.

Gleeson said, “We will not hesitate to use the tools at our disposal to ensure reliability. “

Below, explore the two reports that show which companies have submitted weatherization plans: