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ERCOT Demand Side Working Group. Mary Anne Brelinsky Eagle Energy Partners. The Demand Side Working Group. Created in 2001 as a “Task Force” by directive of the Public Utility Commission of Texas In 2002 the Demand Side Task Force was converted into a permanent Working Group

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ercot demand side working group

ERCOT Demand Side Working Group

Mary Anne Brelinsky

Eagle Energy Partners

the demand side working group
The Demand Side Working Group
  • Created in 2001 as a “Task Force” by directive of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • In 2002 the Demand Side Task Force was converted into a permanent Working Group
  • A broad range of Commercial and Industrial consumers, LSEs and REPs, TDSPs, and Generators participate in DSWG meetings and initiatives
dswg mission
DSWG Mission

The Demand Side Working Group’s mission is to identify and promote opportunities for demand-side resources to participate in ERCOT markets and to recommend adoption of Protocols and Protocols revisions that foster optimum load participation in all markets.

ercot committee structure
ERCOT Committee Structure
  • DSWG is a chartered subcommittee working group
  • Currently the Demand Side Working Group reports to ERCOT’s Wholesale Market Subcommittee (WMS)
  • DSWG meets either monthly or bi-monthly depending on number or items or projects impacting working group
  • Provide updates and reports at monthly WMS meetings
  • Agenda is posted at
structure of the dswg
Structure of the DSWG
  • A Chairman is elected annually by the Demand Side Working Group and then is affirmed by the WMS
    • 2006 Chairman – Mary Anne Brelinsky with Eagle Energy Partners
  • One or more Vice Chairs are elected annually and are affirmed by WMS
    • 2006 Vice Chair - Nelson Nease with Nucor Steel
load participation in ercot
Load Participation in ERCOT
  • The current ERCOT market rules allow demand side participation under three general classes of services:
voluntary load response
Voluntary Load Response
  • “Voluntary Load Response” refers to a customer’s independent decision to reduce consumption from its scheduled or anticipated level in response to price signals
  • Voluntary response applies to situations where the customer has not formally offered this response to the market
  • This practice has also been known as “passive load response” and sometimes as “self-directed load response.”
  • Voluntary Loads gain financially from the ERCOT markets by reducing consumption when prices are high however, a Load’s ability to receive extra financial compensation depends entirely on its contractual relationship with its REP (and QSE)
    • Any advanced metering, communication, or curtailment infrastructure required for load participation is a contractual matter between the load and its REP, and does not involve ERCOT
    • The QSE (and thus, REP) are reimbursed by ERCOT only for the energy imbalance and do not receive capacity payments
    • Because the load is not recognized by ERCOT as a resource, it is not subject to being curtailed involuntarily during emergency situations
balancing up load
Balancing Up Load
  • “Balancing Up Loads” or BULS, refer to loads that contract with a QSE to formally submit offers to ERCOT to provide balancing energy by reducing their electricity use
  • BULs are paid only if they actually deploy (reduce energy use) in response to selection by ERCOT, but if deployed they receive two separate forms of compensation:
    • An energy payment for actual load reduction delivered, based on prevailing Market Clearing Price for Energy (MCPE)
    • A capacity payment based on the Market Clearing Price for Capacity (MCPC) in the Non-Spinning Reserves market; the payment is an additional reward for BULs submitting bids into the balancing energy market, even though they are not actually providing Non-Spinning Reserves
    • Payments are made to a load’s QSE who may pass the value on to its REP who may in turn pass the value along to the Load
    • Many variations in products offered by REPs are available and the load customer has choices on how it may receive value for its interruptible load.
load acting as a resource
Load Acting as a Resource
  • “Load Acting as a Resource”, or LaaR, refers to loads with interruptible capabilities that qualified with ERCOT to provide operating reserves; and are eligible for a capacity payment, regardless of whether the Resource is actually deployed
  • The value of a LaaR’s consumption reduction is equal to an increase in generation by a generating plant
    • Responsive Reserve: Requires that an Under Frequency Relay (UFR) be installed that opens the load feeder breaker automatically on detection of an under frequency condition
    • Non-Spin Reserve: Requires that interruptible loads be manually interrupted (e.g., opening a circuit breaker ) with 30 minutes notice
    • Regulation Up and Down Service:Requires that interruptible loads through automatic controls respond to signals provided by ERCOT
    • Balancing Energy Up: Requires that loads be able to respond through manual or automatic operations to interrupt load within 10 minutes
    • Replacement Reserve Service: Loads that were planning to be on-line but not providing any other Ancillary Service
how do you participate
How Do You Participate?
  • Membership is not limited to ERCOT members; anyone can participate in DSWG meetings
  • Every member has an opportunity to voice opinions and participate
  • To add items of interest to our agenda please contact Mary Anne Brelinsky or Steve Krein
your participation is important
Your Participation Is Important
  • What is done now for Nodal will impact your ability to participate for years to come
  • There are many Nodal Protocols issues that will affect the market rules for participation (i.e. whether your load is suitable, physically and /or financially, for providing Ancillary Services)
  • If you have a stake, you cannot afford not to participate