During the evening of April 17, 2014, FERC updated its online EQR system to version 2.8. FERC has made the release notes available here. The change that would most directly impact PowerShark EQR is the addition of the following Balancing Authorities:
- BANC Balancing Authority of Northern California
- BRAZ CECD, LLC
- CSTO CECD, LLC
- EAI Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
- NSSO Nova Scotia Power System Operator
- SPRM City Utilities of Springfield
- WWA CECD, LLC
It turns out that FERC had erroneously removed these balancing authorities from the EQR XML schema in March 2014 and this release restores them to the schema. Back in March, Links Technology recognized that their removal had been accidental and included them in PowerShark EQR. Therefore, no changes are necessary in PowerShark EQR. As of this writing, PowerShark EQR release 1.2 is fully compliant.