Ercot ‘small fish' rule criticised amid CFTC probe

Amid consternation over the activities of GDF Suez Energy North America in the Texas power market and an investigation by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, some market participants are questioning the legal protection afforded to smaller generators. Alexander Osipovich reports

Small fish - big trouble

Residents of Texas often boast that it does things differently than other parts of the US. After all, the state was an independent republic for about 10 years in the 19th century and its official tourism website features the slogan, ‘Texas: it's like a whole other country'.

Something similar could be said about the Texas power market. Run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot), it stands out from other US wholesale electricity markets because of its peculiar design, which reflects

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