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ERCOT Summer Heat: What’s The Score for Solar?

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Recurrent Energy host a breakfast and panel discussion on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 7:30am-8:45am to be held on-site at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in Crockett AB. 

Summer 2019 was another wild ride for ERCOT, which experienced historically low reserve levels and its first “energy emergency alert” in five years. As grid officials sort out what worked and what did not, all signs point to an increasing role for solar power and solar+storage in Texas. What role did solar play in meeting 2019’s peak demand? Will scarcity pricing at the levels that ERCOT has seen this summer support new solar development in the Lone Star State? And how much can solar contribute to improving to ERCOT’s tight summer margins in the near term? 

The panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:45am.


Topics Will Include:

  • Solar power’s role in keeping the lights on in 2019 and beyond. 
  • What to expect from the 60+ GW of new solar in the interconnection queue – and what market mechanisms will bring new solar online. 
  • Will changes to ERCOT’s Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC) further support new solar development? 
  • What impact will other major market initiatives have on the market, such as Real-Time Co-Optimization and the energy storage issues being considered by the BEST Force? 
  • Potential barriers to entry for solar 



  • Moderator: McCall Johnson, Director, External Affairs, Recurrent Energy 
  • Warren Lasher, Seniro Director, System Planning, ERCOT
  • Commissioner Arthur C. D’Andrea, Public Utility Commission of Texas


For additional information about the panel discussion, please contact Ty Hallmark of SEIA at


Please note: This event is not sponsored by NARUC nor is it a part of the meeting agenda

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