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What South Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

South Carolina is a lot like Texas – making news on a national basis when it comes to energy. For failures. Money down the drain. Organizations that failed customer needs. Both states can learn, specially from Texas. Lesson: It is a poor…
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What North Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

North Carolina is setting its energy future. Advice has come in from special interest energy groups and consumer groups. The Governor and legislators have taken initial stands. The utility has proposed an integrated resource plan, which is not…
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Texas Governor Demands Partial Improvements in Energy

It’s hot in Texas, and apparently in the Governor’s office, too. Pressed for action on the energy emergencies in the state, Governor Abbott issued a letter to the Texas Public Utilities Commission. The letter directs the PUC to act beyond…
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June is Like February for Texas Electricity

Here’s the headline: Texas grid operator urges electricity conservation as many power generators are unexpectedly offline and temperatures rise Except for the temperature, June seems a lot like February in Texas. Power plants are…
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Texans Reflect on the Weather and Energy Emergency

The economic toll of the February cold weather in Texas recently is pegged at $295 billion. Worse, preliminary deaths are 111. That figure could change. With the disaster in the rearview mirror the assessments of how people see the event is…
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“Layer-up” is One Message from the Texas Blackout

Texas got exactly the kind of energy response that it designed. ECC noted that about Texas regulations and energy structure: It opted for the ultimate no-frills energy system and got it. How well structures are prepared for long, cold weather…
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Would a Power Capacity Market Have Saved Texas?

“I think the Texas model, in the long-run, is very vulnerable." That is a quote from a national energy leader. It seems obvious following the Texas blackouts of 2021. However, that quote is from 2017. This article also said: “In the two-plus…
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Texas Blackouts Are Simple, In a Complex Sort of Way

Texas’ recent power outages from the winter storm have lessons for the whole nation. The reason for the outages is simple, though only at a high level. The blackouts get complex fast. The complexity is already showing itself in the factual…
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Rolling Power Blackouts Hit the Heart of Energy Territory - and Further

Frigid temperatures, ice, snow, and wind are causing real danger in parts of the U.S. The State of Texas is getting lots of headlines. Unusually cold temperatures for that area are causing power outages for several reasons. High demand for…