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Texas Power and RTO Update: Lots to Learn

Since the February deep freeze in Texas there have been some changes in its energy system. As the state slides into another winter let’s check what’s been happening. Two Texas laws (HB2586 and SB1281) went into effect because of the winter…

A Climate Report Provides Direction for Legislators

One way to stop the polite conversation at a neighborhood get-together is to mention something like the United Nations. That's why I have lots of trepidation in mentioning it here. In an energy blog, it must be mentioned, though. The UN's climate…

Climate Change – What’s in a Name?

An energy and environmental news story appeared in North Carolina that ought to get more coverage. I’ll add my effort to that. There’s consensus on resilience, but don’t say ‘climate’ is a good look at the issue of climate debate…

The Future of Coal, and a Question

The decline of coal as a power generation source gains velocity. I thought about this while reading that a Missouri-based utility, Ameren, will probably mothball its second-largest coal plant rather than operate it until 2039 as planned. (Source) A…

RTOs - Just Alphabet Soup?

If in doubt, make it difficult. I see it time and again in business. The more complex a problem, the more difficult the solution must be. The electric industry is complex – getting power safely made and delivered takes care. We make it complicated…

Labor Day 2021 – Commit to Retraining

“Play to your strengths” is a common expression and could be an energy business slogan for Labor Day 2021. The transition in the industry – from fossil to renewable energy, from analog to digital, from all centralized to more, smaller…

Coal Continues Its Slide

Coal as a fuel to make electricity continues to decline. The star is renewable energy. For 2020, renewables beat coal as a power generation fuel, for the first time. The US Energy Information Agency says, “In 2020, U.S. electricity generation…

More Hurricanes Predicted this Season

Weather agencies have upped the number of expected hurricanes in the last portion of the season this year. Researchers from Colorado State University predict 20 named storms, up from 17 in their forecast issued in April. (Source) The season…

South Carolina Appliance Recycling Hits Milestone, Saves Energy

Dominion Energy’s South Carolina freezer and refrigerator recycling program picked up its 20,000th appliance the week of August 9. The company has provided residential electric customers the opportunity to recycle freezers and refrigerators…

Energy, Through the Looking Glass

Alice (of Wonderland fame) jumped through the looking glass about 150 years ago. Some state policymakers go through the looking glass today, pulled down a rabbit hole in in energy policy. Alice gets confused when her logical world is gone.…