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Representatives From Retail Providers, Other Stakeholders Named To Texas PUC Aggregated Distributed Energy Resources Pilot Task Force

August 12, 2022

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Reporting by Paul Ring •

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Texas PUC Commissioners Will McAdams and Jimmy Glotfelty announced in a memo that the following individuals have been named to the new Aggregated Distributed Energy Resources (ADER) pilot task force

See more background on the task force and ADER pilot here:

Texas PUC Commissioners Set Forth Principles, Scope, Next Steps For Creation Of DER Aggregation Pilot

Tesla Reports Results From Its Aggregated Load Resource "Demonstration" In ERCOT

Task force members are:

Retail Electric Providers

1.) Arushi Sharma Frank, Tesla

2.) James McGinnis, David Energy

3.) Michael Lee, Octopus Energy

4.) Ned Bonskowski, Vistra

5.) Resmi Surendran, Shell

ADER Providers

1.) Amy Heart, SunRun

2.) J. T. Thompson, Generac

3.) Joel Yu, Enchanted Rock

4.) John Bonnin, AutoGrid

5.) Suzanne Bertin, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA)

Transmission and Distribution Service Providers

1.) Jason Ryan, CenterPoint Energy Chair

2.) Alejandro Ramirez, AEP

3.) Andrew Higgins, CPS Energy

4.) John Padalino, Bandera Electric Cooperative

5.) Martha Henson, Oncor

Technical Expertise/Institutions

1.) Carmen Best, Recurve

2.) Erik Ela, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

3.) Margo Weisz, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute (TEPRI)

4.) Miroslav Begovic, Texas A&M University

5.) Scott Hinson, Pecan Street

As previously reported, the obligation of the task force to the Commission is to:

1.) make recommendations on the proposed and, eventually, ongoing Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) ADER Pilot Program consistent with the McAdams/Glotfelty memo (filed July 13,2022 in Project No. 51603) regarding principles/scope for an ADER Pilot Program;

2.) present a proposed ADER Pilot Program Governing Document to ERCOT staff and recommend that ERCOT issue certain temporary exceptions from ERCOT rules as necessary to effectuate the purposes of the proposed ADER Pilot Program, and support ERCOT's presentation of the proposal to the ERCOT Board of Directors (BOD) for approval;

3.) develop business procedures such as an ADER Pilot Program Load-Serving Entity (LSE) Enrollment Guide, template agreement(s) for LSEs and ERCOT Transmission & Distribution Service Providers (TDSPs) to exchange information related to ADER customer enrollments, and procedures for LSEs to seek grid services qualification by ERCOT for enrolled ADER customer sites;

4.) provide a forum for potential pilot participants to develop and discuss milestones to be included in the proposed ADER Pilot Program Governing Document and during an ongoing ADER Pilot Program, discuss emerging issues, lessons learned, and exchange necessary information for successful progress of the Pilot Program in relation to milestones established in the Governing Document; and

5.) provide the Commission with quarterly reports on the status of the ADER Pilot Program, including recommendations for any changes that can be implemented quickly to the ADER Pilot Program Governing Document, ERCOT Protocols, or the Commission rules that are appropriate based on the progress of the ADER Pilot Program in the prior periods.

An initial quarterly report from the task force to the Commission is due on or before September 26,2022. The initial quarterly report should make recommendations on the ADER Pilot Program Governing Document, with the goal of achieving ERCOT BOD approval of the document by the BOD's Oct. 18, 2022, regular meeting, a charter for the task force states

The initial quarterly report will also recommend specific milestones over the following twelve months beginning upon approval of the Governing Document that are goals that the Task Force sets forth for the ADER Pilot Program to achieve and questions the ADER Pilot Program should answer to inform future policy decisions by the Commission. For example, if the ADER Pilot Program is initially limited to allowing aggregations to participate in only certain activities or ancillary services markets, then the report should address what progress is necessary to expand the pilot program to allow aggregations to participate in additional activities or services. Similarly, if the pilot program initially includes a limit in the number of resources, the report should address what progress is necessary to increase participation of resources in the pilot program, a charter for the task force states

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