Pilot Project Will Reward DER Owners for Aiding the Texas Grid

Posted by Angela Kent on Nov 15, 2022 11:00:00 AM

TAEBA Aggregated DER Pilot

In Texas, regulators and stakeholders are paving the way to a cleaner, more reliable future with a pilot project that puts flexible energy resources at the forefront of the state’s grid planning efforts. Following a months-long effort involving industry stakeholders and state regulators, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) voted unanimously on November 3 to greenlight a pilot project that will allow residential participants to receive compensation for their contributions to the state’s electrical grid.

Read More

Topics: Wholesale Markets, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, Texas

For Resilience, Texas Needs Distributed Energy Resources

Posted by Ignacio Guajardo and Angela Kent on Jun 28, 2022 11:30:00 AM

Blog-Post_2022-06-28 745

In the winter of 2021, Texas experienced firsthand the dangers of an electric grid dependent on the seamless functioning of a small number of large, weather-vulnerable generation sources. The inability to meet the energy needs of over 70% of the state amid a winter weather crisis signals the system’s clear need for reform; so, too, the unseasonable heat waves that hit Texas this spring, which pushed grid power to its limits. With large traditional power plants taking at least six years to become operational, Texans need adaptive solutions that will meet their needs today. In the face of rapidly growing electricity demand, uncertain forecasting, and aging infrastructure, a new TAEBA report demonstrates the power of distributed energy resources as clean, low cost, and resilient tools poised to bring Texas into the 21st century of electricity provision.

Read More

Topics: State Policy, Regulatory, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, Texas

New Year, New Texas Grid?

Posted by Suzanne Bertin on Jan 5, 2022 3:00:00 PM

05-Jan-2022_Blog Image

With 2021 in the rearview mirror and colder weather returning to the Lone Star State, it's a good time to take stock of how Texas regulators responded to the electricity grid crisis following Winter Storm Uri. Heading into 2022, Texans want to feel secure that their lights will stay on, and that’s exactly what Governor Abbott has promised. But is there good reason to feel secure? See where Texas took positive steps forward for advanced energy, and where regulators should resolve to do better in the New Year.

Read More

Topics: State Policy, Regulatory, Wholesale Markets, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, Texas

A Stormy Post-Crisis Legislative Session Yields Wins for Advanced Energy in Texas

Posted by Suzanne Bertin and Erica Glenn on Jun 3, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Texas frozen

It was a dark and stormy session for the Texas legislature, dominated by electric power issues surfaced by Winter Storm Uri. With the Texas electricity system under more scrutiny – and more up for grabs – than at any time since restructuring in 1999, we at the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) had our hands full. But when the dust settled and the legislature gaveled out on Memorial Day, the outcome for advanced energy was net positive – even though the legislature missed a golden opportunity to enhance grid resilience with distributed energy resources.

Read More

Topics: State Policy, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, Texas

After Grid Outages from Winter Storms, the Texas Legislature Faces a Blizzard of Bills. Here’s How to Track Them.

Posted by Cayli Baker and Sarah Steinberg on Apr 8, 2021 2:32:41 PM

Texas bills by Category

Texas’ February winter weather emergency dominated energy news nationwide. Now it’s dominating proposals in the Texas legislature. Following historic electricity outages, it’s no surprise grid reliability issues have come to the forefront of lawmakers’ priority list, with proposed legislation focusing on everything from distributed energy resources to various commission reforms. We turned to AEE’s PowerSuite to parse out which bills at play in the Lone Star State are generating the most buzz and share the measures we’re keeping our eyes on.

Read More

Topics: State Policy, PowerSuite, Wholesale Markets, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, Texas