‘Lights will stay on’: ERCOT, PUC confident in Texas power grid during 2022 summer season
Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Public Utility Commission will hold a press conference to discuss the readiness of the Texas power grid for the 2022 summer season, according to a release.
Concerns over energy demand amid hot weekend weather (May 5, 2022) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday's show: High weekend temperatures straining the electricity grid, the First Lady of Iceland on equality for women, and the costs and challenges of hydrogen as an alternative energy.houstonpublicmedia.org
ERCOT asks power plants to possibly cancel planned maintenance to meet demand of extreme heat anticipated this weekend
ERCOT has issued an Advanced Action Notice Tuesday for Texas power plants to prepare for higher than usual customer demand due to the high temperatures forecasted for Mother’s Day weekend.
ERCOT issues watch for extreme cold weather, possible icing conditions for Texas area
A watch has been issued for the Texas area for an extreme cold weather event with possible icing conditions as an arctic cold front blasts through Wednesday night, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Analysis: Betting a Texas election on a weather forecast
Gov. Greg Abbott says he can "guarantee" there won't be blackouts this winter in Texas after one that knocked out power for some people for four days last February. That's the kind of pre-election prediction that can make a weather forecaster more useful than a political poll.
Texas grid vulnerable to blackouts during severe winter weather, even with new preparations, ERCOT estimates show
The most severe scenario considered by ERCOT for this winter — very high demand for power, extensive fossil fuel outages, and low renewable power production — does not capture the amount of power lost during February.
Looking for Power? Look up!
I had a quick conversation with my neighbor yesterday about solar panels as he is considering installing some on his roof. This is a pretty typical discussion when we have these long stretches of blue sky, especially after last February’s ERCOT disaster. We don’t talk much about putting in a wind turbine, yet coincidentally Climate Central sent down a fascinating look at just how much power both the sun and the wind can generate. I have graphics! Given today’s sunshine and what we are expecting over the weekend, here is how much power the good ole sun would generate:
Abbott Announces Six Appointees For Newly Formed Texas Energy Reliability Council
Austin, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott announced six appointees to the Texas Energy Reliability Council on Tuesday, September 28, setting in motion one of the state’s initiatives to resolve issues with the state power grid. The Texas Energy Reliability Council, which is separate from the similarly named Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), was established in June 2021 with the passing of Senate Bill 3, which is meant to weatherize the power grid to prevent calamities such as the power outages that occurred during Winter Storm Uri earlier this year. The appointees include two Houston-based veterans of the energy industry: Edward Stones and Melissa Trevino. Trevino is the Assistant Vice President for Power at Occidental Energy Ventures, where she leads the energy management team and oversees the power reporting and compliance group. More information on the appointees can be found in the press release from the Office of the Texas Governor.springhappenings.com
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Faces Confirmation Hearing To Lead ICE (July 15, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday's show: Previewing Ed Gonzalez's confirmation hearing to lead ICE, inside ERCOT's plan to improve the state's electricity grid, and the explosion of craft breweries in Houston.houstonpublicmedia.org
Governor Abbott Signs Senate Bills to Reform ERCOT and Improve Power Grid
Austin, Texas – Governor Gregg Abbott recently signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 which aim to reform ERCOT and improve the Texas power grid’s ability to hold up against extreme weather. “Under Senate Bills 2 and 3, Texas will now require the weatherization of power generation facilities, natural gas facilities, and transmission facilities to handle extreme weather,” the governor’s office said in a press release. Weatherization refers to the practice of improving a facility’s protection from the elements to ensure their safety and stability during extreme weather events. The bills will reform the leadership board of ERCOT, requiring that board members be residents of Texas and that 8 of the 11 members be independent of ERCOT. The bills will also implement an extreme weather notification system that will send alerts to every Texan’s cell phone.springhappenings.com
ERCOT will have to release information about power plant outages quicker — but it may not detail what causes them
Texas regulators on Thursday directed the state’s main power grid operator to drastically reduce the amount of time it releases some — but not all — information about power plant outages this summer.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News Texas Tribune, ERCOT, Power Outages, San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
ERCOT will have to release information about power plant outages quicker — but it may not detail what causes them
The Public Utility Commission said the state's main power grid operator will have three days — instead of 60 — to release some information about power plant outages. But that may not include why the electricity generators were offline.
Some Texas Power Plants Unexpectedly Went Offline Last Week. The Grid Operator Says It Still Doesn’t Know Why – Houston Public Media
Texans were asked to cut back on their electricity use for a week because of “tight” power grid conditions, according to ERCOT officials. They still haven’t said what caused the plant outages.houstonpublicmedia.org
Lawmakers briefed on status of Texas’ power grid after conservation alert
Several Texas lawmakers were briefed Wednesday on the status of our state’s power grid. Gov. Greg Abbott also spoke about the recent calls for energy conservation after several power generators went offline for unexpected maintenance.
The Prospects Of Returning To ‘Normal By Summer’ (April 12, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Monday's show: Hopes of things returning to "normal by summer" regarding the pandemic, state regulators defending the oil and gas industry they oversee, a former ERCOT official reflects on problems within the agency, and an update on Houston sports.houstonpublicmedia.org
ERCOT report on storm blames weather for most power outages but doesn’t explain why plants weren’t prepared
A preliminary report released Tuesday by the agency overseeing most of the Texas power grid blames weather for most of the outages that happened during February’s winter storm, but it fails to explain why plants across the state were unprepared for the historic cold.
Texas legislative bill will require power generators to get major upgrades for extreme weather
The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously approved a sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s electricity industry and infrastructure, including mandating that power plants prepare for extreme weather and outlawing risky indexed retail electric plans. “And we’re fixing the problems.”TRUTH HURTS: Texans really hate ERCOT after winter storm, UH survey confirmsSB 3 would require all power generators, transmission lines, natural gas facilities and pipelines to make upgrades for extreme weather — a process known as weatherization. Most power generators and gas facilities were not equipped to handle temperatures that dipped into single digits last month. The Senate bill reflects that concern, leaving it to the Texas Railroad Commission, the regulatory body that oversees the state’s oil and natural gas industry, to decide what upgrades natural gas fuel facilities would have to make. Known as TERC, the board coordinates state energy regulators, electricity generators and the natural gas fuel industry to ensure reliable gas distribution for electricity.chron.com
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Turner testifies on Capitol Hill about power grid failure during winter storm
WASHINGTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner went before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to testify as a witness for a hearing about the power grid failures that happened during last month’s winter storm. The hearing, called by U.S. Rep Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston), will take a look at the statewide failures during the storm. Yet politically powerful natural gas companies, along with their regulators, have largely escaped the wrath of Gov. At least 57 people died during the winter storm that plunged large swaths of Texas into subfreezing temperatures and overwhelmed the state’s electricity infrastructure, causing massive power outages. That’s because nearly half of the total power generation capacity for the main state electricity grid was offline as weather conditions caused failures in every type of power source: natural gas, coal, wind and nuclear.
Ask 2: What is specifically meant by the ‘winterization’ of our electric grid?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: What is specifically meant by the “winterization” of our electric grid? Greg Abbott called for the winterization of the state’s power grid, he meant that infrastructure needs to be equipped to withstand extreme weather. According to the Texas Tribune, this specifically means upgrading or retrofitting natural gas, wind, coal or nuclear energy sources to be prepared for future events similar to Winter Storm Uri. Some ideas that experts suggest are prioritizing efforts to prevent frozen wellheads, retrofitting the blades of wind turbines with special coatings and heating elements and retrofitting existing natural gas wells.
Will Texas lawmakers finally heed the power grid warnings from 10 years ago?
The crush of proposed legislation follows what many consider to be the numerous failings of our state’s power grid uncovered by February’s winter storm. Ad“They failed us, miserably,” Bossette said of state lawmakers. 2011Ten years ago, lawmakers were lamenting how another winter storm knocked out power to millions of Texans. Just as they are now, ERCOT officials face withering criticism for not making sure our grid was better prepared. Even then, ERCOT officials said they have no authority to force power generators to follow through with these plans.
Lawmakers demanding answers over multi-billion dollar billing error during winter storm
AUSTIN, Texas – The demands of lawmakers are growing louder when it comes to addressing what some call a multi-billion-dollar billing error. The dispute involves energy prices charged during the winter storm. He also said certain markets had settled, and retroactively changing energy prices could create ripple effects with dire financial consequences. He also balked at the assertion that energy providers would pass on their financial losses to customers in terms of rate hikes. He said Texas’ market is easy to enter and and there are plenty of providers willing to compete for business.
Texas Public Utility Commission names new director to oversee ERCOT
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today named Adrianne Brandt the agency’s new Director of ERCOT, Inc. AUSTIN, Texas – Weeks after the catastrophic winter storm in Texas, The Public Utility Commission of Texas named Adrianne Brandt, the new Director of ERCOT Inc. “Adrianne is the exact mixture of knowledge, experience and toughness this role requires,” said PUC Chairman Arthur D’Andrea. “Adrianne and Brad provide a powerful one-two punch of industry knowledge, regulatory experience and unassailable integrity,” said PUC Executive Director, Thomas Gleeson. “Not only will they guide a financial analysis of the grid event but will also ratchet up ERCOT’s accountability to the PUC and the people of Texas.”
Microgrids offer alternative power in Texas
AdThose 59 orders left millions of Houstonians without power for days. “I produce enough power to power my house and keep (it) going,” he said. His solar-and-battery home produced so much power, he was able to send it back to his power company’s grid and help power other homes. Ad“I was reaching out to all the people I know, and invited them over.”Boneno also said his solar panels also offer him a big savings on his power bill. Sunnova serves residential customers and has partners who make solar panels, batteries and other electronic pieces to control the power.
Party Politics: ERCOT Under Fire – Houston Public Media
Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina delve into the latest news in national and local politics. This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the fallout over ERCOT’s handling of the Texas power-grid crisis, the hearings in Congress over President Biden’s appointees, and Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller’s apparent affinity for a clean vehicle, among other stories. NATIONAL TOPICSNomination battles: Neera, Garland, Becerra, HaalandTrump TaxesNewsmax anchor attacks Biden dogs! Party Politics is produced by Troy Schulze, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Lawsuit filed against ERCOT, CenterPoint after Texas man dies of hypothermia during power outage
Lawsuit filed against ERCOT, CenterPoint after Texas man dies of hypothermia during power outage A Houston family is in mourning after their loved one died of hypothermia during last week's power outages. Janet Shamlian reports on their loss and how they're trying to cope.cbsnews.com
Texas’ Power Grid Was 4 Minutes And 37 Seconds Away From Collapsing. Here’s How It Happened – Houston Public Media
We've heard Texas' power grid came close to total failure early the morning of Feb. 15, but not exactly how close. Meanwhile, power plants across the state were going offline because of the cold weather; natural gas, coal, nuclear and wind energy sources were all failing. If there's not enough power on the grid to meet demand, ERCOT officials said, the frequency of the grid drops below that 60 hertz level. And it can force more power plants to shut down — possibly leading to a complete failure of the grid. If it had stayed below that threshold for another 4 minutes and 37 seconds, the lights might still be out in Texas, ERCOT officials said.houstonpublicmedia.org
Will Lawsuits Against ERCOT Succeed? (Feb. 23, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Tuesday’s show: State lawmakers take up the governor’s emergency item on ERCOT reform, lawyers try to sue the energy grid operator over last week’s power outage, and Houston City Councilman Edward Pollard answers listener questions. On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: As state lawmakers take up Gov. Greg Abbott's emergency item on ERCOT reform in hearings this week, lawyers across the state try to sue the nonprofit corporation that manages the state's electric grid for deaths and damages caused by last week's power outages. Also this hour: Houston City Councilman Edward Pollard, who represents District J, answers listener questions. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Conroe family files $100 million lawsuit after son's death during winter storm
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee is now filing a $100 million lawsuit against ERCOT and Entergy on behalf of Pineda's family. Buzbee stated that Texans were overwhelmingly failed during the winter storm that struck the state last week because of the negligence of energy providers. We like to brag that it's energy independent, and yet we have people dying in their homes because we don't have any power," Buzbee said. The companies need to be honest with us. ON HOLD: Texas officials block energy companies from levying huge bills on customersERCOT officials issued a statement about winter storm tragedy.chron.com
Texas Governor Greg Abbott blames power grid operator for winter storm disaster
Texas Governor Greg Abbott blames power grid operator for winter storm disaster Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday placed blame for the state's widespread power outages on the grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Abbott's press conference comes as the state continues to suffer from the aftermath of a winter storm that knocked out power for millions and caused a widespread water crisis. Watch part of Abbott's remarks here.cbsnews.com
Fletcher Demands Investigation Into ERCOT Following Mass Power Outages – Houston Public Media
Houston Public Media spoke with Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, a Democrat who represents West Houston and western Harris County, to get her take on how to respond. Well, I think the federal government is responding to the emergency as quickly as it can. Having been notified by the state of Texas, President Biden declared the federal emergency over the weekend before it happened. But we know that so many people who are out of their homes need those blankets, need the generators, need the things that FEMA is providing. But then also we need a full investigation, and we need to understand what's happened and why.houstonpublicmedia.org
Across Texas, Extreme Cold Brings Rolling Blackouts, Traffic Accidents And Business Closures – Houston Public Media
Much of the state is experiencing extreme cold temperatures, and many areas have multiple inches of snow on the ground. Texas Standard spoke with reporters from public radio stations around the state to learn how Texans are coping with the extreme winter weather. Joey Palacios, a reporter at Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, said power blackouts in the city began around the time snow stopped falling, at 2 a.m. Monday morning. The amount of stress on the power grid around the state caused blackouts to be longer than energy providers had initially told customers they would be. Kaysie Ellingson is a reporter at Texas Tech Public Media in Lubbock.houstonpublicmedia.org