Effective March 25, 2022, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”) began requiring documentation from large electrical loads like cryptocurrency miners before allowing them to connect to the Texas power grid. Through a Market Notice, ERCOT established an interim process requiring transmission service providers (“TSPs”) to submit interconnection studies that meet the requirements of the National Electric Reliability Council’s Reliability Standard FAC-00202 for interconnection of certain large loads. Specifically, TSPs will be required to submit the studies for interconnection of the following types of loads:
- New loads not co-located with a Resource with total demand within the next two years of 75 MW or greater;
- Existing loads not co-located with a Resource increasing total demand by 75 MW or greater within the next two years;
- New loads co-located with a Resource with total demand within the next two years of 20 MW or greater; or
- Existing loads co-located with a Resource increasing total demand by 20 MW or greater within the next two years.