ERCOT has initiated an interim process to ensure large loads are integrated into the ERCOT system in a reliable manner. Unlike normal Generation Interconnection Requests (GINR), load studies require additional scrutiny to ensure Network Upgrades are developed for issues, if any, that arise from the interconnecting load. Electric Power Engineers’ technical experts have a deep understanding of the ERCOT interconnection processes and market structure, and can support you with studies including:
- Steady-State – Also known as a Reliability Impact Assessment or System Impact Study. The purpose is to identify any Network Upgrades that would be needed to interconnect the new load reliably.
- Short Circuit – To determine if any breakers may become over-stressed as a result of the new large load.
- Stability – To identify any voltage instability or frequency excursions that may result from the interconnection of the new large load.
- Facility Study – Establishes what interconnection facilities are required to interconnect. Defines the security needed and the contribution in aid of construction (CIAC) amount.
- Sub synchronous Oscillation (SSO) Study – Perform a frequency scan to evaluate the risk of unacceptable oscillations. Perform detailed EMT study as needed.
EPE has advanced and automated processes to improve quality, efficiency, and the timeline of required studies. Our team of technical experts has a deep understanding of the ERCOT load interconnection processes and market structure and it is actively participating in the Large Flexible Load Task Force (LFLTF) which allows visibility in changing policies and processes.
Please contact our team if your organization needs studies or support related to the large load interconnection process.