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Grid operator says Texas electricity now 30% carbon-free

Greentech Media: Texas may be the center of the U.S. oil and gas industry, but the latest data shows that the state’s competitive energy market is increasingly favoring clean energy over fossil fuel alternatives. New information from state grid operator ERCOT shows that carbon-free resources made up more than 30 percent of its 2018 energy […]

January 24, 2019 Read More →

Texas munis say Gibbons Creek coal plant to remain offline this summer

Houston Chronicle: Gibbons Creek Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant about 20 miles from Bryan near College Station, put the state’s grid operator on notice that the plant will not operate this summer. The closure reduces the state’s already tight power reserves and is sparking forecasts of higher electricity prices. The Texas Municipal Power Agency, […]

January 8, 2019 Read More →

Power markets in U.S. Northeast, Texas, and North Carolina begin to follow California trend toward more renewables, less natural gas

Green Tech Media: California has been a haven for solar developers for years. Beginning in 2006, the gigawatts’ worth of solar in its yearly queue of requests rivaled the state’s gas capacity. Wind hasn’t been far behind. And four years ago, energy storage additions began to creep in. According to Prajit Ghosh, head of global […]

November 14, 2018 Read More →

Texas sets another wind power record

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The Electric Reliability Council of Texas set a new wind output record of 17,920 MW on Monday afternoon as a cold front was moving into the area with windy conditions. The new output wind record was set at 3:32 pm CST Monday and surpassed the previous record of 17,542 MW […]

November 14, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA update: Another Texas coal-plant closing, another market signal

IEEFA update: Another Texas coal-plant closing, another market signal

Change continues apace in one of the biggest electricity markets in the U.S.

American Electric Power’s confirmation this week that it plans to close its majority-owned 650-megawatt Oklaunion coal plant in Texas by 2020 may have surprised some people—particularly some policymakers in Washington. The plant is only 31 years old, which is well below the average age for the U.S. coal fleet. And as recently as 2013 it […]

September 28, 2018 Read More →

Little summer impact on Texas grid after closure of three coal plants

Bloomberg News: Texas’ power grid had all the right elements to create an electricity price surge in mid-July — record usage and temperatures and a supply curtailment from the shutdown of three major coal plants. But aside from a few hours here and there, not much happened. And that may prove costly for traders sitting […]

August 1, 2018 Read More →

Transition Is Enveloping U.S. Electricity Sector

Wall Street Journal: The rapid rise of wind and natural gas as sources of electricity is roiling U.S. power markets, forcing more companies to close older generating plants. Wholesale electricity prices are falling near historic lows in parts of the country with competitive power markets, as demand for electricity remains stagnant while newer, less-expensive generating […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →

New 800-Mile Midwestern Power Line Expands U.S. Wind Market

Midwest Energy News: Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy. While not all the proposals are likely to be approved by regulators, the flood of applications represents the tangible […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →

Wind Farms Are Overtaking Coal-Fired Electricity in Texas

Houston Chronicle: Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last week to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it pushed the state’s wind power capacity to more […]

November 28, 2017 Read More →

Texas Grid Operator Approves Company Plan to Close 2 More Coal-Fired Power Plants

SNL: The Texas grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, found that Vistra Energy Corp.’s coal-fired Sandow and Big Brown plants, totaling approximately 2,400 MW, are no longer needed for reliability. ERCOT approved Vistra’s plan to retire the two Sandow units by Jan. 11, 2018, and Big Brown units 1 and 2 by Feb. […]

November 8, 2017 Read More →