NOTICE DATE: November 30, 2021
NOTICE TYPE: W-A113021-01 Operations
SHORT DESCRIPTION: 2021 Winter and 2022 Spring Seasonal Voltage Profiles
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Resource Entities (REs), Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs), Transmission Operators (TOs), Transmission Service Providers (TSPs), and NERC-registered Generator Operators (GOPs) and Transmission Operators (TOPs)
DAY AFFECTED: December 1, 2021
LONG DESCRIPTION: ERCOT posted the 2021 Winter (December 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022) and 2022 Spring (March 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022) Voltage Profiles (EMIL ID: ZP6-303-M | Report Type ID: 11452) on the Market Information System (MIS), which include Voltage Set Points for each Generation Resource and Energy Storage Resource's Point of Interconnection (POI). ERCOT and the TSPs derived these Voltage Profiles after a series of joint studies and several meetings. In accordance with NERC Reliability Standard VAR-001-5 R5, the posted spreadsheet lists seasonal Voltage Set Points for every Generation Resource at its POI in columns G and K, and W and AA. Voltage Set Points at the high side of the step-up transformer are listed in columns M and O, and AC and AE.
As required by ERCOT Nodal Protocols Section 220.127.116.11 (5), each Generation Resource and Energy Stoage Resource (ESR) required to provide Voltage Support Service (VSS) shall follow the Real-Time Voltage Set Point instruction given by ERCOT or the TSP. Any operator of one or more Generation Resources or ESRs, including any NERC-registered GOP, whose Voltage Set Point in the posted Voltage Profile for each upcoming season differs from its Real-Time Voltage Set Point should coordinate with its TSP to determine if changes to the Real-Time Voltage Set Point are needed.
ERCOT reminds all Generation Resource and ESR operators that the response to a TO Voltage Set Point instruction must be completed in no more than five minutes from receipt of the instruction under ERCOT Nodal Operating Guide Section 2.2.10(3)(b). Also, in accordance with ERCOT Nodal Protocols Section 3.15.3, each Generation Resource and ESR AVR must be operated in automatic voltage control mode and set to control the POI voltage to the Voltage Set Point. In accordance with ERCOT Nodal Operating Guide Section 18.104.22.168(3) A Resource Entity shall inform its QSE and either the Resource Entity or its QSE shall notify the Resource Entity’s TO, as soon as practicable, but not longer than 15 minutes from receipt of the instruction by the Resource Entity, if it cannot comply with TO Voltage Set Point instructions, or not longer than 30 minutes from being outside of the tolerance band if it cannot maintain the POI voltage within the tolerance band. If a Resource Entity cannot comply with a VSS Dispatch Instruction, the Resource Entity shall inform its QSE and its QSE shall notify ERCOT as soon as practicable but not longer than 15 minutes from the receipt of the instruction by the Resource Entity.
In accordance with ERCOT Nodal Operating Guide Section 22.214.171.124(4), a Resource Entity required to provide VSS, which includes any NERC-registered GOP, must maintain the Resource's voltage or Reactive Power schedule to maintain voltage at the POI to be within a tolerance band of the Voltage Set Point while operating at less than or equal to the maximum reactive capability of the Generation Resource or ESR.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The 2022 Winter and Spring Seasonal Voltage Profiles can be found on the ERCOT Market Information System (MIS) under Voltage Profiles (EMIL ID: ZP6-303-M | Report Type ID: 11452) on the Group Reports section, under Transmission Service Providers. A Digital Certificate is required to access the MIS.
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