Tag: ERCOT

Financial speculators betting on power line congestion

Investors with no intrinsic stake in energy markets — they are neither generators, nor industrial users, nor consumers of electricity — are reaping millions in the New York congestion market.  More »

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

Restoring an electricity system after at total blackout — as is depicted in the newest Planet of the Apes movie — is much more difficult than portrayed by Hollywood.  More »

Feds predict slowdown in annual power plant growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity — enough to power xxx homes — by 2040.  More »

New “peaking” power units coming to Texas

East Texas-based Navasota Energy plans to build natural-gas fired “peaking” units in Guadalupe and Wilson counties capable of quickly sending power to the Texas grid at times of heavy demand.  More »

Texas power companies oppose electric reliability project

More robust competition in the wholesale power market around Houston could mean lower profit margins for big generators operating there, but potential savings for area electric consumers.  More »

Federal report gives Texas wind power lines high marks

Since the CREZ power lines were completed, incidents of both wind curtailment and wind-related negative electricity prices have decreased in Texas, suggesting the projects have largely succeeded at their mission.  More »

Report: New efficiencies could ease strain on power markets

New measures to reduce electricity use could curb growth in Texas’ peak power demand by 40 to 50 percent over the next two decades, eliminating the need to build that capacity and lowering prices for ratepayers, a new report shows.  More »

Wholesale power cap goes up in Texas

The maximum price generators can charge for wholesale electricity in Texas’ competitive electricity market has increased to $7,000 per megawatt-hour.  More »

Transmission line could expand Texas wind market

A California-based energy company announced Wednesday that it has federal approval to build a transmission connecting Texas’s power grid to the power grid in the Southeast.  More »

Texas renewable energy production up 12 percent

Renewable energy production rose 12 percent last year, according to the state’s grid operator.  More »

Texas faces summer power crunch despite six new generators

New power generators coming online by August will add capacity to the state’s power grid, but customers may still demand so much electricity this summer that the state’s grid operator could ask them to reduce usage.  More »

Bankruptcy won’t hit Texas power customers

TXU Energy is expected to operate as usual despite a bankruptcy filing.  More »
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