Texas PUC orders same offers be available in English and Spanish; Nevada utility seeks ‘impact’ fees from facility seeking to access competitive electricity market; European market sees blockchain-enabled trade of capacity

Texas PUC gives suppliers deadline to provide same offerings in Spanish as in English. The Public Utility Commission of Texas gave competitive electricity suppliers until today to ensure that their offerings on the state-run electricity shopping website Power to Choose are the same in English and Spanish, Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle report. “57 [competitive suppliers] are on Power to Choose, and 34 of those do not have both English and Spanish offerings,” Chairman DeAnn Walker said. “They’re not the same on both sites, and I’m not happy with that at all.” If the companies failed to meet the 8 a.m. deadline to fix the problem, the commission will remove those companies’ offerings from the website. She says if the companies don’t make the deadline, they will still be able to translate their electric plan offers into both languages and then be placed back on the website. “But they’re not going to have one on English, and not on the Spanish, and that’s just where I am on it,” Walker said.

Nevada utility seeks ‘impact’ fees from biofuels plant developer that seeks to purchase electricity competitively. Fulcrum Bioenergy, a company looking to build a biofuels plant in Nevada, has asked state regulators, pursuant to state law, to bypass NV Energy and purchase electricity in the competitive market. In response, NV Energy is telling the Nevada Public Utilities Commission the company must pay “impact” fees to the utility along with a one-time $1.179 million payment for “lost portfolio optimization opportunities,” Riley Snyder reports in the Nevada Independent. The utility’s testimony comes after commission staff concluded an impact fee is unnecessary because the facility, now under construction, would not have a financial impact on NV Energy or its customers, Snyder reported, adding that the staff also deemed a “prudent utility” would plan ahead and avoid any adverse impact from a facility that not slated to come online until September 2019.

European market boasts first-ever blockchain trade of capacity. EDF Energy and UK Power Reserve have completed the first exchange of a capacity market obligation using the blockchain-based energy trading platform being developed by Electron, Utility Week reports. UK Power Reserve purchased a 2MW contract for demand-side response (DSR) covering the 2017/18 delivery year from EDF Energy. According to Electron, conventional trades can take up to five days to process, presenting a barrier to participation in the market, particularly for distributed energy resources such as batteries, electric vehicles and DSR. The firm said incorporating capacity market trading rules into the platform has allowed compliance checks to be carried out automatically, bringing huge improvements to the speed and efficiency of transactions which can now be processed almost immediately, the publication reports.

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