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August 21, 2014 – Austin, TX


There’s a New ISO in Town! 

Traversing twenty-seven counties and over 15,000 square miles in Southeast Texas, Entergy Texas, Inc. (ETI) employs more than 1,110 people, serving more than 400,000 electric customers in its geographic footprint as a vertically-integrated electric utility, with generation, transmission, distribution and customer-side services, outside of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).  ETI’s parent company, Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), occupies a four-state footprint (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas), delivering electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in those states, employing 14,000 people, operating… Continue reading

August 7, 2014 – Austin, TX


Mexico’s Energy Reform Update: Part Two

In July, Mexico’s lower legislative chamber took another step closer to ending the government’s 75-year energy monopoly and opening the industry to foreign and private investment. The package of 30 bills will next require Senate approval with final approval expected in August.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), a decentralized-government agency, currently controls all electricity generation and distribution in Mexico for approximately 35.3 million customers (almost 100 million people), incorporating more than one million new customers annually.  CFE has 209 generating plants with an… Continue reading

July 24, 2014 – Austin, TX


High Alert: Texas Utilities Remain Vigilant to Physical Attacks

With over 400,000 circuit miles of transmission and 55,000 substations, physical security remains at the forefront of utility risk planning nationwide, especially in light of last year’s Metcalf incidents and renewed interest by federal and state regulatory agencies.

On July 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), proposed approval of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC’s) physical security reliability standard, with modifications.

In May 2014, NERC filed its physical security petition with… Continue reading

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