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Non-Utility Generation and Transmission Access in Texas
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Power from non-utility generators (NUG) is an important part of the generation mix in Texas. In recent years approximately 10 percent of the total sales of electricity in the state was purchased by utilities from NUGs. Access to the transmission system is a key factor in promoting competition in power generation. With changes in the Federal law, wholesale customers and NUGs are working with state legislators and regulators to open up the transmission system for opportunities in the wholesale market. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) is considering changes in its rules and is examining the need for incentives for relying more on alternative power sources. The actions taken by legislatures in the 73rd Session of the, Texas Legislature may provide further guidance on the future direction of the electric industry in Texas. The authors discuss how NUG power has been considered in the development of the PUCT's Statewide Electrical Energy Plan (SEEP). A summary of likely contribution by NUGs over the next ten years is provided. Finally, the authors discuss the PUCT regulations on transmission access and non-utility generation in the State.
SubjectNon-Utility Generators (NUGs)
Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) Statewide Electrical Energy Plan
Panjavan, S.; Adib, P. (1993). Non-Utility Generation and Transmission Access in Texas. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.eslwin.tamu.edu). Available electronically from