|(a) Definitions. The following terms, when used in
this section, have the following meanings, unless the context indicates
(1) Generation entity--an entity that owns or controls
a generation resource.
(2) Generation resource--a generator capable of providing
energy or ancillary services to the ERCOT grid and that is registered
with ERCOT as a generation resource.
(3) Load entity--an entity that owns or controls a
(4) Load resource--a load capable of providing ancillary
service to the ERCOT system or energy in the form of demand response
and is registered with ERCOT as a load resource.
(5) Resource entity--an entity that is a generation
entity or a load entity.
(b) Resource adequacy reports. ERCOT must publish a
resource adequacy report by December 31 of each year that projects,
for at least the next five years, the capability of existing and planned
electric generation resources and load resources to reliably meet
the projected system demand in the ERCOT power region. ERCOT may publish
other resource adequacy reports or forecasts as it deems appropriate.
ERCOT must prescribe requirements for generation entities and transmission
service providers (TSPs) to report their plans for adding new facilities,
upgrading existing facilities, and mothballing or retiring existing
facilities. ERCOT also must prescribe requirements for load entities
to report their plans for adding new load resources or retiring existing
(c) Daily assessment of system adequacy. Each day,
ERCOT must publish a report that includes the following information
for each hour for the seven days beginning with the day the report
(1) system-wide load forecast; and
(2) aggregated information on the availability of resources,
by ERCOT load zone, including load resources.
(d) Filing of resource and transmission information
with ERCOT. ERCOT must prescribe reporting requirements for resource
entities and TSPs for the preparation of the assessment required by
subsection (c) of this section. At a minimum, the following information
must be reported to ERCOT.
(1) TSPs will provide ERCOT with information on planned
and existing transmission outages.
(2) Generation entities will provide ERCOT with information
on planned and existing generation outages.
(3) Load entities will provide ERCOT with information
on planned and existing availability of load resources, specified
by type of ancillary service.
(4) Generation entities will provide ERCOT with a complete
list of generation resource availability and performance capabilities,
including, but not limited to:
(A) the net dependable capability of generation resources;
(B) projected output of non-dispatchable resources
such as wind turbines, run-of-the-river hydro, and solar power; and
(C) output limitations on generation resources that
result from fuel or environmental restrictions.
(5) Load serving entities (LSEs) will provide ERCOT
with complete information on load response capabilities that are self-arranged
or pursuant to bilateral agreements between LSEs and their customers.
(e) Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC) report. ERCOT
must publish, by November 1 of every even numbered year, a report
analyzing the efficacy, utilization, related costs, and contribution
of the ORDC to grid reliability in the ERCOT power region.
(f) Development and implementation. ERCOT must use
a stakeholder process, in consultation with commission staff, to develop
and implement rules that comply with this section. Nothing in this
section prevents the commission from taking actions necessary to protect
the public interest, including actions that are otherwise inconsistent
with the other provisions in this section.