Power Demand in Texas Grows More Slowly Than Forecasted

From StateImpact Texas, a joint effort of radio station KUT Austin and KUHF Houston, a report that consumption of electric power in Texas isn’t growing as fast as expected: As the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) considers changing the electricity market so there’s more money to build new power plants, a mystery has popped up: … More Power Demand in Texas Grows More Slowly Than Forecasted

Nrg Seeks Capacity Market for Texas

Michael Giberson Joe Ragan, a VP at Power generation company NRG, recently opined in the Houston Chronicle in favor of a capacity market for the ERCOT power grid in Texas. A capacity market provides what you might call “being there” payments to generators, whether the generator’s power turns out to be demanded in the market … More Nrg Seeks Capacity Market for Texas

Electricity and Water-understand the Relationship That is Causing Problems

Michael Giberson In parts of the United States (and worldwide), limited availability of water is limiting the ability to build new power plants. While the water-energy connection has been of interest for some time, particularly in more arid areas, the issue has seemed to be more in the news of late. (I.e., this news article … More Electricity and Water-understand the Relationship That is Causing Problems

Does Ferc Have Jurisdiction over Installed Capacity Requirements in Wholesale Power Systems?

Michael Giberson Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) asserted authority over the Installed Capacity Requirement, on the ground that it is “a practice affecting rates,” contravene the Federal Power Act’s specific limits on FERC’s authority, and express preservation of State authority over generation facilities and system adequacy? That is the question for the U.S. … More Does Ferc Have Jurisdiction over Installed Capacity Requirements in Wholesale Power Systems?

Should Advocates of Electric Industry Restructuring Have Not Promised Lower Rates?

The people want the ponies they were promised, not the more efficient allocation of ponies that should have been offered. … More Should Advocates of Electric Industry Restructuring Have Not Promised Lower Rates?

Lower Prices for Electric Power

Lower fuel prices may be driving electric power prices down, but are prices falling faster in restructured or traditionally regulated states? … More Lower Prices for Electric Power