The Public Utility Commission of Texas is poised to study whether wind power generators should pick up some transmission costs now borne mostly by consumers statewide. Texas is the nation's wind power leader, and PUC Chair Donna Nelson argues it's time to consider whether those generators are paying their fair share. But wind industry officials [...]
Rep. Charlie Geren’s complex and controversial water bill, HB 1307 was heard yesterday at the House Natural Resources Committee meeting at the Texas Capitol. The bill would transfer water regulation duties from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The switch would affect how rate increases are handled, among [...]
Texas' "utility commissioners are considering revamping how electricity is bought and sold in the wholesale market, trying to balance increasing the risk of rolling blackouts against “sticker shock,” as its consultants put it, if they get it wrong." http://www.statesman.com/news/business/state-weighs-blackout-risk-and-electricity-prices/nSmJw/
While state officials and representatives from the energy industry met at a conference entitled Renewable Energy Solutions for Energy Prosperity in Texas to talk about the future of the Texas renewables, environmental groups filed a petition charging the state’s Public Utility Commission with dragging its feet on solar and geothermal energy. At the heart of [...]
Press releases by the city of Garland claiming that a court ruling halts a huge $5 billion project to build transmission lines from West Texas wind farms to urban areas is being vigorously disputed by others. Representatives of the Texas Public Utility Commission and Oncor Electric Delivery take issue with a Garland news release Jan. 15 that declared that the ruling meant that "further transmission line development" in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones project "must be suspended until the PUC properly weighs the costs and benefits to electricity consumers." After the Garland press release was issued, the Houston Chronicle reported that the judge’s ruling "will freeze billions of dollars of work on new high-voltage power lines." PUC spokesman Terry Hadley said Yelenosky’s ruling will be reviewed by the three-member commission at its 9:30 a.m. Friday meeting in Austin. The judge’s ruling challenged only "a small sliver of the commission order," with the result that there "will be minor issues that the commission will need to revisit," Hadley said. Catherine Cuellar, a spokeswoman for Oncor, the major transmission and distribution company serving North Texas, said it is "optimistic" that the judge’s ruling "won’t cause any delay" in its 14 transmission-line projects, valued at $1.4 billion and covering 850 miles of new power lines. The judge’s ruling "was very narrow" in its scope, Cuellar said. Read more about City of Garland Appeal.
In December, two consulting firms CRA International Inc. and Resero Consulting provided an updated cost-benefit analysis for the proposed Electric Reliability Council of Texas nodal market conversion. The firms were retained by the Public Utility Commission of Texas to prepare an update on the 2004 Cost-Benefit Assessment (CBA) of the Texas nodal market and to [...]