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Texas’ Test in the Recent Cold Snap Was More of a Pop Quiz

Texas had a February 2022 cold snap about a year after its killer freeze of 2021. The 2022 test was more of a pop quiz than a test. Or, “Last year we had a heavyweight come into the ring and just knock the crap out of us. And this year, we…

Revisiting the Texas Chill Country

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, ERCOT, issued a projection for this coming week. Power demand in the potential cold snap could approach the levels of the deep freeze last February. (Source) The ERCOT projection has sparked lots of…

Texas Energy Problems Are Your Energy Problems

Energy users – all of us – may do well to pay attention to this headline: “'People should probably be worried’: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say.” (Source) That may be a concern for the apartment…

How to Have a (Cold) Free Lunch in Energy

Nuance is missing in the energy debate in the Carolinas and other states. The either/or mentality hurts us at a time when discussing finance, technology, science, and social needs would help us all. A recent letter to an NC State publication…

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…
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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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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…