Renewable energy and natural gas could work together as sources of electricity generation, rather than as competitors on the Texas grid, according to a new report produced for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition.
New transmission lines linking portions of West Texas to the Dallas-Forth Worth region will be completed by the end of this year, transmission line officials said at a Tuesday afternoon conference on electricity issues sponsored by Platts.
“The smart meter critics are willing to risk reliability and the development of resource adequacy to take this position forward,” said John Fainter, CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the power grid for about 90 percent of the state, expects summer heat this year to push system demand past the safety cushion the council tries to maintain.
Putting comprehensive protection plans and backup systems in place are the key to limiting disruptions from blackouts, according to a new report that shows Texas had the third-most power outages among states last year in the U.S.
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