TCCEA Publishes Report on Texas Electric Grid

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The Texas Chamber of Commerce Energy Association has issued a report detailing why the rest of the world should care about the Texas electricity situation. The challenges being faced by the Texas electricity system are a microcosm of the challenges that are, or soon will be, facing electric infrastructures around the world.

The Texas Chamber of Commerce Energy Association has issued a report detailing why the rest of the world should care about the Texas electricity situation. The challenges being faced by the Texas electricity system are a microcosm of the challenges that are, or soon will be, facing electric infrastructures around the world. The solutions to the dilemmas the state is dealing with can hold lessons for other jurisdictions.

Challenges Facing Texas

Capacity – Perhaps one of the most immediate challenges facing Texas is that of capacity. Texas has weathered the recent economic difficulties better than most states and continues to see an ever increasing demand for electricity. This is due to both steady economic growth as well as steady population growth. During this period the new supply of electricity has not kept pace. This has lead to s situation where there is concern about having enough electricity in the near future to meet demand. Strategies for dealing with future capacity concerns include voluntary rationing by industrial users of power (demand response), energy efficiency, and policy changes to encourage the build-out of new capacity.

Environmental Regulations – Texas is in midst of an ongoing battle with the EPA as a result of several recent new rules and enforcements by the agency. At the heart of the conflict is the belief of many officials in Texas that the EPA is overstepping its authority and stretching its mandate.

Weather Volatility – Increasing weather volatility including higher highs, lower lows, droughts, and damaging storms have made grid planning more difficult in Texas. Weather volatility, of course, is not just a Texas phenomenon. In recent years large scale weather events have been seen all over the globe. Coping with future weather events requires systems with a high fault tolerance, redundancies, and flexibility. Some of the strategies and technologies to mitigate the impact of weather include energy storage and smart grid and technology.

About TCCEA

Member chambers of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Energy Association represent businesses of all sizes throughout Texas. Using the negotiating leverage this provides TCCEA is able to obtain favorable electric rates for members. TCCEA is also a resource for news and information on the Texas electricity market. If your local chamber is not a member of TCCEA have your chamber leadership reach out to TCCEA.

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