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In Texas, a Showdown Over How to Pay for Grid Batteries

December 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Texas utility Oncor’s $5.2 billion grid battery plan is facing opposition from an unexpected source: the retail and generation arms of its own corporate parent. It's a conflict that underscores the complexities of incorporating energy storage into the state’s unique, competitive energy market.[read more]

Texas to Overhaul Its Grid-Balancing Services With Energy Storage

December 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Before the EPA released its Clean Power Plan earlier this year, with goals for each state to slash carbon dioxide emissions, Texas was already preparing for a changing energy mix. Its grid operator has been evaluating its grid-balancing needs as it takes on more wind power, while coal is retired at an increasing pace.[read more]

Going for Broke in Texas: Protecting the Environment without Slowing Economic Growth

December 3, 2014 by Lucas Davis
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Texas Environmental Policy and Energy Economics

The U.S. energy boom raises important questions about environmental risks. Setting aside climate concerns, the challenge for policymakers is how to encourage the continued development of these valuable resources while ensuring environmentally safe drilling and production.[read more]

Does Texas Need a Carbon Tax to Meet EPA Climate Rules?

November 27, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

The Texas grid has (mostly) kept the lights on despite having minimal reserve margins for years. But if ERCOT, which operates the state’s grid, implements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions, it will reduce grid reliability in the state even further.[read more]

Energy from Ice and the World's Largest Battery; Texas Looks to Join the Energy Storage Game

November 23, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Recent Energy News Stories

Ever since California’s Public Utilities Commission announced a new energy storage mandate last year, the storage market in California has exploded. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that it would acquire 250 MW of energy storage system as part of a larger plan.[read more]

Texas & Germany: Energy Twins?

November 10, 2014 by Ben Paulos

Energy in Germany and Texas

In many respects Germany and Texas could not be more different. One is cold and northern and Old World, the other hot and dry and New World. Yet Germany and Texas have some intriguing similarities when it comes to their electricity systems, and may share a common future.[read more]

Texas Leads Nation in Growth in Oil and Natural Gas Production Jobs During 2013

November 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Texas Energy Economy Growth

Texas added more than 19,000 new private sector jobs in oil and natural gas production over the course of 2013, almost six times the number added in New Mexico, the next highest state for oil and natural gas production jobs added last year.[read more]

Texas Comptroller's New Report Should Not Play Favorites

October 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Report

The Texas Comptroller decided to come out swinging against renewable energy, specifically wind, in a report entitled Texas Power Challenge: Getting the Most From Your Energy Dollars. It would be easier to take this report seriously if it applied the same pressure and scrutiny to the oil, gas, and coal industries.[read more]

Solar in Texas: It's Really Happening this Time (Really)

September 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and Solar

Every year, it seems, is predicted to be the “year for solar,” and for certain states this may ring true. But in Texas, despite having a close relationship with the sun and its heat (2011 gave us 100 days over 100 degrees and no rain), we have yet to realize our potential for solar energy development.[read more]

Clean Power Plan to Reward Texas, not Wyoming Coal-Backers

September 4, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and Renewables Growth

Texas is the number one carbon emitter in the U.S. and power plants, together, are the largest emitters. Our state represents close to 10 percent of the entire nation’s carbon emissions. The Clean Power Plan will simply require Texas to adhere to the rules all other states have to follow.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?

September 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and the Clean Power Plan

The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions for existing power plants. Texas, the number one polluter in the country, needs to cut 195 billion pounds of carbon in the next 18 years, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. However, the EPA suggests Texas could easily meet its goal.[read more]

ERCOT Report Shows Continued Cut Backs on Coal Reliance and Increases in Natural Gas and Renewables

July 19, 2014 by Carlee Quintas
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Changing Energy Industry

 

Over the next 20 years the role that coal plays in providing power to Texas will continue to diminish, perhaps just not as fast as experts had hoped. Rising prices of natural gas have slowed coal's reduction putting it's numbers at about 23% of the Texas energy generation capacity.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Texas & North Dakota Now Account for Almost Half of Total US Oil Production'

July 11, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Texas and North Dakota Production

The Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-term Energy Outlook is out and United States crude oil output continues to soar, while natural gas prices are expected to climb back toward the $5 per million BTU level this year, before slightly pulling back in 2015.[read more]

North Dakota and Texas Now Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

July 6, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

State Oil Production

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total. Texas production topped 3.0 million bbl/d for the first time since the late 1970s, more than doubling production in the past three years.[read more]

Texas Hits New Peak Wind Output

June 29, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Texas Wind Peaks

At 8:48 p.m. on March 26, wind generation on the electric grid covering most of the state of Texas reached a new instantaneous peak output of 10,296 megawatts (MW). At that moment, wind supplied almost 29% of total electricity load, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.[read more]