Posts tagged ERCOT
All, Setting the conclusions of this report aside, it is worth checking out because it provides a thorough historical review regarding the development of the ERCOT system. Also – there are quite a few statistics cited in the report (with 378 citations listed in the appendices). So, it could be useful for chasing down some data.
Going back to the conclusions – they are a tad controversial. What do you all think? Do you think that the report adequately accounts for the differences in generation mix between states, the impact of natural gas prices, or the fact that non-competitive (muni and More >
Apr 13, 2010
By Jim Marston and Gregory Burkart
Two years ago, an all-volunteer collaboration of technology companies, university talent and political progressives in Austin, Texas, set out to prove the viability of the emerging Smart Grid. The Pecan Street Project, named after one of the town’s more eclectic streets, incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2009, and it has already become an exemplary case study for the structure and financing of alternative energy projects.
Shortly after the group’s incarnation, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Pecan Street Project $10.4 million to demonstrate Smart Grid technologies in a real-world setting. Combining the federal award with $14.5 million More >
Apr 9, 2010 10:43 AM Electric Transmission Texas
Mar 18, 2010
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given its initial stamp of approval for the Tres Amigas superstation that would, for the first time, unite the country’s three electric grids, and efficiently bring Smart Grid renewables to market. But the commission — which said it didn’t have enough information to make a decision — declined to drop its authority over the project’s connection with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Texas grid over which FERC has no control. Read more about the FERC decision.
Quick Take: Despite the procedural glitch, this is good news. It’s past time to get busy More >