Pending Nodal Protocol Revision Requests (NPRRs)
# Title Description Date Posted Sponsor Urgent Protocol Sections Current Status Effective Date(s)
NPRR956 Designation of Providers of Transmission Additions This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) modifies Section 3.11.4.8 to align with section 37.056 of the Texas Utilities Code, as amended by SB1938 86(R), which became effective on May 16, 2019. As amended, section 37.056 authorizes the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to grant a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) only to a Transmission Service Provider (TSP) that owns the Facilities to which a proposed Transmission Facility addition will interconnect, or to the lawful designee of such a TSP. If more than one TSP owns Facilities to which a proposed addition will interconnect, the PUCT may issue a CCN to each such TSP to construct the needed Facilities in “separate and discrete equal parts,” unless the TSPs agree to a different allocation of responsibility. SB1938’s allocation of project responsibility based on ownership of the Facilities to which an addition interconnects is consistent with the Protocols’ longstanding assignment of responsibility based on ownership of the Facility endpoints. For the sake of consistency, however, ERCOT proposes to revise Section 3.11.4.8 to more closely comport with the language of the statute. ERCOT notes that revised Section 3.11.4.8 applies not only to those projects requiring a CCN, but also to other Tier 1 projects that may not require a CCN and therefore do not come within the coverage of section 37.056. This is consistent with the Protocols’ existing allocation rules, which have long assigned responsibility for all Tier 1 and 2 projects. ERCOT proposes to incorporate section 37.056’s assignment rules into a new paragraph (2). ERCOT proposes to modify paragraph (1) to recognize that ERCOT’s role, upon completing an independent review, is simply to identify the owners of the existing facilities, rather than to formally designate transmission providers. ERCOT also proposes to remove language from paragraph (1) which contemplates that ERCOT may determine project responsibility in the event of a disagreement between TSPs and may assign responsibility to a new TSP when the originally assigned TSP has not diligently pursued the project. Both of these provisions are inconsistent with SB1938, which contemplates no such role for ERCOT. ERCOT also proposes new paragraph (3), which would establish an explicit mandate that the TSP diligenty pursue the project. Although such a mandate is already implicit in provisions that establish the designation of providers, ERCOT suggests that stating this more explicitly will provide greater transparency that responsibility for a project entails a duty to pursue the completion of that project. ERCOT notes that “TSP” as used in the Protocols includes Municipally Owned Utilities (MOUs) and Electric Cooperatives (ECs). Finally, ERCOT proposes revisions to Section 3.11.4.9, Regional Planning Group Acceptance and ERCOT Endorsement, to provide that ERCOT will issue a Market Notice instead of sending an acceptance letter or endorsement letter, following Regional Planning Group (RPG) acceptance of Tier 3 projects, and ERCOT’s endorsement of Tier 1 and Tier 2 projects. This change will ensure that all TSPs (and other Market Participants) receive documentation showing completion of the ERCOT review process. ERCOT notes that because SB1938 is already effective, ERCOT must comply with the amended statute irrespective of the status of this NPRR. Thus, to the limited extent ERCOT’s existing Protocols conflict with the statute, ERCOT is already precluded from complying with those provisions. ERCOT is currently developing independent review reports for several projects and will ensure that its processes comport with the amended statute as it develops those reports over the next few months. 07/02/2019 ERCOT No 3.11.4.1, 3.11.4.8, 3.11.4.9 Pending
NPRR1067 Market Entry Qualifications, Continued Participation Requirements, and Credit Risk Assessment This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) strengthens ERCOT’s market entry qualification and continued participation requirements for ERCOT Counter-Parties i.e., Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs) and Congestion Revenue Right Account Holders (CRRAHs), classifies information provided in the background check and credit scoring process as Protected Information, modifies application forms for QSEs and CRRAHs, and adds a new background check fee to the Fee Schedule. This NPRR makes the following modifications to Section 16: (1) Creates a new background check process as a part of ERCOT’s review of current and prospective Counter-Parties; (2) Authorizes ERCOT to review current and prospective Counter-Parties to determine whether they pose an unreasonable credit risk to ERCOT; (3) Authorizes ERCOT to determine creditworthiness based on an ERCOT-calculated credit score, and allows ERCOT to require certain actions be taken by a Counter-Party to remain creditworthy. (4) Authorizes ERCOT to suspend a QSE or CRR Account Holder if it poses an unreasonable credit risk to; and (5) Authorizes ERCOT to terminate the registration of a Counter-Party if it is deemed an unreasonable credit risk that cannot be remedied. Further, this NPRR formalizes processes for ERCOT’s assessment of Counter-Party creditworthiness, and includes a credit scoring process to provide a consistent framework for review of creditworthiness. Credit scoring will incorporate assessment of both qualitative and quantitative (financial statement) information. In the event of a material change to creditworthiness, this NPRR also clarifies the means by which ERCOT may adjust Unsecured Credit Limits and/or Total Potential Exposure (TPE) to ensure that these adequately reflect the financial risk created by a Counter-Party’s activities under these Protocols. 01/27/2021 ERCOT No 1.3.1.1, 16.1.2, (new), 16.2.1, 16.2.1.1 (new) 16.2.1.1, 16.2.2, 16.2.2.2, 16.2.2.3, 16.2.3.2, 16.8.1, 16.8.1.1 (new), 16.8.2, 16.8.2.2, 16.8.2.3, 16.8.3.1, 16.11, 16.11.1, 16.11.1.1 (new) ,16.11.1.2 (new), 16.11.1.2.1 (new), 16.11.2 (new), 16.11.2, 16.11.3, 16.11.4, 16.11.4.1, 16.11.4.2, 16.11.4.3, 16.11.4.3.1, 16.11.4.3.2, 16.11.4.3.3, 16.11.4.4 (delete), 16.11.5, 16.11.6, 16.11.6.1, 16.11.6.1.1, 16.11.6.1.2, 16.11.6.1.3, 16.11.6.1.4, 16.11.6.1.5, 16.11.6.1.6, 16.11.6.2, 16.11.6.2.1, 16.11.6.2.2, 16.11.6.2.3, 16.11.6.2.4, 16.11.6.2.5, 16.11.6.2.6, 16.11.6.2.7, 16.11.7, 16.11.8, Section 23 Form A Section 23 Form G, ERCOT Fee Schedule Pending
NPRR1070 Planning Criteria for GTC Exit Solutions This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) will improve ERCOT planning modeling assumptions to more accurately reflect operations of the ERCOT market and include indirect benefits as allowed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) when evaluating exit alternatives for Generic Transmission Constraints (GTCs). 03/05/2021 EDF Renewables / Pattern Energy No 3.11.2 Pending
NPRR1143 Provide ERCOT Flexibility to Determine When ESRs May Charge During an EEA Level 3 This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) allows ERCOT the ability to decide when Energy Storage Resources (ESRs) may charge during an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3. 07/27/2022 ERCOT No 6.5.9.4.2 Pending
NPRR1144 Station Service Backup Power Metering This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) provides a limited exception to the requirement that all loads included in the netting arrangement for an ERCOT-Polled Settlement (EPS) Metering Facility only be connected to the ERCOT Transmission Grid through the EPS metering point(s) for the Facility. The exception would allow no more than 500kW of auxiliary Load connected to a station service transformer to be connected to a Transmission Service Provider’s (TSP’s) or Distribution Service Provider’s (DSP’s) Facilities through a separately metered point using an open transition load transfer switch listed for emergency use. 07/27/2022 Plus Power No 10.3.2.3 Pending
NPRR1145 Use of State Estimator-Calculated ERCOT-Wide TLFs in Lieu of Seasonal Base Case ERCOT-Wide TLFs for Settlement This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) changes the 15-minute level ERCOT-wide Transmission Loss Factors (TLFs) that are used in the Settlement process from seasonal base case TLFs to State Estimator-calculated TLFs in Energy Management System (EMS). It also clarifies the use of Non-Opt-In Entity (NOIE) deemed actual TLFs to remove behind-the-meter Transmission Losses. 07/27/2022 ERCOT No 2.1, 13.1.1, 13.1.2, 13.2.2, 13.2.3, 13.2.4, 13.2.5, 13.2.5 (new), 13.4, 13.4.1 Pending
NPRR1146 Credit Changes to Appropriately Reflect TAO Exposure This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) makes changes to credit provisions related to Trading Activity Only (TAO) Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs) that appropriately reflect their credit exposure. Specific changes include: eliminating the Unbilled Real-Time Amount (URTA) for TAO QSEs; allowing TAO QSEs to request an M1 of about two days by agreeing to certain conditions including suspending Real-Time Market activities upon ERCOT notice (Day-Ahead Market activity is systematically restricted to Available Credit Limit); clarifying that a TAO QSE is a QSE that does not represent either Load Serving Entities (LSEs) or Resource Entities, thus ensuring that a QSE engaging exclusively in DC Tie exports and other trading activities will be classified as a TAO QSE; and determining Counter-Party’s Total Potential Exposure (TPE) by adding the separate credit calculations for the Counter-Party’s (i) QSEs that represent LSEs or Resource Entities, (ii) TAO QSEs that do not represent LSEs or Resource Entities, and (iii) Congestion Revenue Right (CRR) Account Holders. 08/10/2022 Rainbow Energy Marketing Corporation No 16.11.4.1, 16.11.4.2, and 16.11.4.3 Pending
NPRR1147 Update and Improve Notification and Evaluation Processes Associated with Reliability Must-Run (RMR) This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR): adds a 20 MW capacity threshold for conducting a Reliability Must-Run (RMR) reliability analysis; requires that an RMR study be conducted when a Resource Entity gives notice that a Generation Resource is ceasing operation permanently due to a Forced Outage; and updates Section 22, Attachment E to require Resource Entity to provide information about deactivation of Transmission Facilities as part of the suspension of operations of the unit. 08/15/2022 ERCOT No 3.14.1.1, 3.14.1.2, 3.14.1.3, 3.14.1.5, 3.14.1.9, 3.14.1.10, and 22E Pending
NPRR1149 Implementation of Systematic Ancillary Service Failed Quantity Charges This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) charges a Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) an Ancillary Service failed quantity if the Ancillary Service Supply Responsibility held by the QSE is not met by Resources in their portfolio in Real-Time, based on a comparison of their Real-Time telemetry. The charges will be done systematically without ERCOT control room operators having to take additional action. 09/20/2022 ERCOT No 2.1, 4.4.7.4, 6.3.2, 6.4.1, 6.4.9.1.3, 6.7.3, and 6.7.5 Pending
NPRR1150 Related to NOGRR230, WAN Participant Security This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) adds a requirement in Section 16.2.1 that states if a Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) represents a Resource Entity, Emergency Response Service (ERS) Resource, or another QSE and receives or transmits Wide Area Network (WAN) Data, as that term is defined in Nodal Operating Guide Section 1.4, Definitions, then it must maintain connection to the ERCOT WAN and a Secure Private Network (SPN) as described in Nodal Operating Guide Section 7, Telemetry and Communication. 09/28/2022 ERCOT No 16.2.1 Pending
NPRR1151 Protocol Revision Subcommittee Meeting Requirement This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) eliminates the Protocol requirement to hold at least one Protocol Revision Subcommittee (PRS) meeting per month. 09/29/2022 Oncor No 21.3 Pending
NPRR1153 ERCOT Fee Schedule Changes This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) changes the ERCOT Fee Schedule by adding two currently existing fees to the Fee Schedule (public information request labor fees and ERCOT training fees); creating a registration fee of $500 for Resource Entities, Transmission or Distribution Service Providers (TDSPs), and Subordinate Qualified Scheduling Entities (Sub-QSEs); removing the current value of the ERCOT System Administration Fee; deleting the map sales fee; and restructuring three existing fees on the Fee Schedule (Generator Interconnection or Modification (GIM) fees, Full Interconnection Study (FIS) Application fees, and Wide Area Network (WAN) fees). 10/26/2022 ERCOT No 9.16.2, ERCOT Fee Schedule, 23G, 23I, and 23J Pending
NPRR1155 Attestation Regarding Market Participant Citizenship, Ownership, or Headquarters This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) amends the Market Participant eligibility criteria in Section 16, Registration and Qualification of Market Participants, by providing that an Entity is not eligible to register or maintain its registration with ERCOT as a Market Participant if the Entity meets any of the prohibited citizenship, ownership or headquarters criteria established in the Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act (LSIPA), Texas Business and Commerce Code, Sections 113.002(a)(2)(A)-(b)(2)(B) or 2274.0102(a)(2)(A)-(b)(2)(B), added by Act of June 18, 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 975 (S.B. 2116). The NPRR provides that if an Entity meets any of the LSIPA criteria solely due to the citizenship, ownership or headquarters of a wholly owned subsidiary, majority-owned subsidiary, or Affiliate, the Entity may be eligible to register as a Market Participant if it certifies that the subsidiary or Affiliate at issue will not have direct or remote access to or control of ERCOT’s Wide Area Network (WAN), Market Information System (MIS), or any data from such ERCOT systems. Any Entity that seeks to register as a Market Participant will be required to submit an attestation as reflected in the form Section 23, Form Q, Attestation Regarding Market Participant Citizenship, Ownership, or Headquarters, certifying that the Entity complies with the LSIPA criteria. If there are changes to a Market Participant’s citizenship, ownership, or headquarters such that the Market Participant meets any of the prohibited company citizenship, ownership or headquarters criteria identified in the LSIPA, then the Market Participant will be required to execute and submit a new attestation to ERCOT within ten Business Days of the change becoming effective. This NPRR amends the eligibility criteria for registration as an Independent Market Information System Registered Entity (IMRE) by adding a requirement that an Entity must have a genuine professional or business purpose for obtaining access to the MIS Secure Area to qualify for registration as an IMRE. ERCOT may determine, in its sole discretion, whether the Entity’s purpose qualifies for registration. 11/22/2022 ERCOT No 16.1, 16.1.3 (new), 16.15, 23M, and 23Q Pending
NPRR1156 Priority Revision Request Process This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) introduces the concept of Priority Revision Requests, which allow for an expedited consideration of NPRRs and System Change Requests (SCRs). Specifically, the NPRR defines a process for ERCOT, upon direction from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) through a PUCT order and/or ERCOT Board of Directors vote, to submit a Priority Revision Request; and Revision Request sponsors, once 180 days have passed since the initial posting date of the Revision Request, to request the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) grant their Revision Request priority status. 11/22/2022 Oncor No 21.4.8, 21.4.10, 21.5, 21.5.1 (new), and 21.5.2 (new) Pending
NPRR1157 Incorporation of PUCT Approval into Revision Request Process This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) requires all Revision Requests to be approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) prior to implementation; adds a Credit review, Independent Market Monitor (IMM) opinion, ERCOT opinion, and the ERCOT Market Impact Statement to the TAC Report; and revises possible actions on a Revision Request from “defer” to “table” as currently captured in motions. 12/08/2022 ERCOT No 21.1, 21.4.4, 21.4.8, 21.4.10, 21.4.11, 21.6, and 21.7 Pending
NPRR1158 Remove Sunset Date for Weatherization Inspection Fees This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) eliminates the Weatherization Inspection fee’s sunset date on the ERCOT Fee Schedule and changes the invoicing period of such fees from a quarterly to a semiannual basis. 12/15/2022 ERCOT No ERCOT Fee Schedule Pending
NPRR1159 Related to RMGRR171, Changes to Transition Process that Require Opt-in MOU or EC that are Designating POLR to provide Mass Transition Methodology to ERCOT This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) provides needed references to the Retail Market Guide to account for Texas Standard Electronic Transaction (TX SET) processing options for Municipally Owned Utility (MOU) or Electric Cooperative (EC) service areas, in alignment with RMGRR171. 12/22/2022 ERCOT No 15.1.10.1 and 19.3.1 Pending
NPRR1160 Administrative Change for March 1, 2023 Nodal Protocols – Align Section 22 Attachment D: Standard Form Black Start Agreement This Administrative Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) aligns Section 22, Attachment D with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved NPRR1110, Black Start Requirements Update, which changed the Black Start Agreement period from two years to three years. 01/31/2023 ERCOT No 22 Attachment D: Standard Form Black Start Agreement Pending
NPRR1161 Clarify AVR Notification Requirements for IRRs This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) clarifies that Intermittent Renewable Resources (IRRs), who remain synchronized to the ERCOT System but are not able to provide reactive power when not providing real power, do not have to notify ERCOT other than the Real-Time telemetered status. 02/07/2023 ERCOT No 6.5.5.1 Pending