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Could energy efficiency and demand response solve Texas’ energy woes?

A new ACEEE report shows how better energy efficiency and demand response programs could give ERCOT 11 GW of flexible demand capacity.

Joint FERC/NERC probe into February freeze highlights natural gas-fired plant failures

The joint report issued by FERC and NERC cited freezing and natural gas fuel supply issues as the two largest causes for the disaster.

NERC: U.S. power sector strong, yet increasingly susceptible to weather, cyber threats

The nation’s bulk power system faced massive challenges over this past year, including a deadline winter storm in the southwest and devastating wildfires, heat waves and tropic storms elsewhere. The power sector certainly failed in...

ERCOT details road map to improve winter storm responses by itself, Texas utilities

Battered by criticisms over its handling of the February winter storm crisis, the operator of the Texas grid is promising to step up oversight of utility power generation assets statewide and avoid another system...
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Generation outages cause Texas grid scare once again

The Texas power grid, which nearly collapsed due to generation outages during historic winter cold, is being stretched tight again. The culprit is not freezing temperatures which dropped to sub-zero for several days in February,...

69-kV transmission rebuild nearing completion in Texas

American Electric Power is having one of its Texas transmission lines upgraded for a potential capacity expansion. ECSL, a joint venture of EC Source and Sargent & Lundy, is rebuilding 28 miles of wooden structures...

ERCOT, battered by winter storm fallout, sends out summer demand scenario

Texas grid operator ERCOT, which nearly suffered a cataclysmic shutdown of the system during a winter storm earlier this year, said that electricity demand should hit all-time demand highs due to hot and dry...

Ex-New York power market CEO named interim ERCOT CEO

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The former CEO of New York’s independent electricity marketer has been named interim CEO of the manager of the electric grid serving 90% of Texas, officials announced Tuesday. Brad Jones has...

Vistra: Texas freeze caused $1.6B negative cash flow impact

Texas-based power generator Vistra Corp. estimates that the financial impact of Winter Storm Uri cost the company about $1.6 billion in cash flow. A large number of generator outages during February’s freezing weather, as well...

EIA: U.S. Coal-fired generation making 2021 rally so far

By Rod Walton, Power Engineering and POWERGEN Content Director Coal-fired power’s precipitous decline in the U.S. net generation mix has been reversed, for however long that upward trend holds. The latest Electric Power Monthly figures released...

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