Oct. 23 — If they didn’t before, many learned about the Electric Reliability Council of Texas or better known as ERCOT, in February 2021. When ERCOT’s power grid failed during a winter storm, it caught the attention of all Texans.
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Oct. 24 — Texas ranked as the 40th most energy efficient state, according to WalletHub’s annual report. Only eight continental U.S. states ranked poorer, including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and South Carolina, respectively.
Oct. 25 — Houston, if you were just getting used to the 713 area code, we have news for you. New phone lines will soon start getting a 621 number. The Public Utility Commission of Texas says it’s expected to run out of the current area code numbers — 281, 346, 713, 832 — by the end of 2025 due to the continued population growth.
Oct. 23 — Texas Proposition 7, originating from S.J.R. 93, would create the Texas Energy Fund, which would support and finance the “construction, maintenance, and modernization of electric generating facilities.”
Oct. 23 — Regulators with the Public Utility Commission of Texas expressed uneasiness after leaders from the state’s electric grid operator said last week that they have not set a budget for how much they could spend to secure 3,000 extra megawatts of power for winter emergencies this season.
Oct. 18 — Dr. Daniel Cohan is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Rice University. He said we’re in better shape than we were nearly three years ago when a winter storm devastated much of the state with widespread power outages.
Oct. 18 — The city of El Paso could receive as much as $100 million from the federal government to develop solar projects for thousands of low-income households and renters across the region after City Council on Tuesday approved the grant request.
Oct. 19 — Curtailment of U.S. wind and solar farms are set to rise in the coming years, denting the revenues of generators, as renewable energy deployment outpaces the buildout of transmission capacity and energy storage.
November 2023 — If you lived in Houston in 1999, Reliant Energy called the shots. The company owned the power plants that generated your electricity, controlled the wires that delivered the electricity, and billed you for every watt of electricity you used. If you didn’t like that setup, too bad. As the parenting saying goes: you get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.
Oct. 18 — More than a dozen gas utility operators were partners or potential beneficiaries of the $7 billion in DOE hydrogen hub funding. Should the hubs come to fruition, they would provide a source of low- and zero-carbon hydrogen for potential offtake, and they would open opportunities to transport the fuel through existing gas grids.
Oct. 18 — State regulators raise doubts about natural gas flaring permits but rarely reject them. Advocates for reform say the permit process is a “rubber stamp” and that companies shouldn’t get a free pass to keep flaring indefinitely.
One of the most important municipal coalitions currently active in gas ratemaking is the Atmos Cities Steering Committee, an organization of over 150 cities in north and central Texas with nearly 1.2 million residential customers.