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Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

September 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Texas and Resource Decisions and Policy

Over the course of this summer, the Republic of Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid-scale aggregation of rooftop customer-sited generators.[read more]

Real Energy and Cost Savings. Right Now. Here, in Texas

August 28, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and Energy Savings

We are nearing the end of another successful season of EDF Climate Corps, the 8-year-old program run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that “embeds” grad students inside companies to find ways to save energy and money and lower carbon emissions.[read more]

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

August 17, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Texas and Wind Energy

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.[read more]

Texas Electric Grid Serves Record-High Power Demand

August 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Texas Electrical Grid Reliability

During the recent heat wave in Texas, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the electric grid covering most of the state, set a new record for electricity use when demand for electricity reached 69.8 gigawatts (GW) between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on August 10.[read more]

Powering Texas: Big, Clean, Market-Driven Changes are Already Underfoot

July 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Markets

Over the past century, the electric grid in the United States has experienced only minor changes. There is evidence, however, the power sector is changing. We are moving away from traditional coal generation and toward alternative, cleaner energy sources.[read more]

Smart Grid for Good: How the Texas PUC is Putting Money Back into the Pockets of Texans

June 16, 2015 by Wannie Park

Texas has a legacy of pioneering smart grid initiatives. Since 2007, Texas has installed over seven million smart meters, an achievement that helped it rank first on GridWise Alliance’s “2013 Grid Modernization Index, "tied with California, a state also thought of for its forward-thinking energy policy.[read more]

Demand Response Could Have Saved Texans $85 Million in One Day

June 3, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Texas and Demand Response

Economic demand response could have saved the Texas energy market $85 million during a single summer day in 2012. Across five days in 2012 and 2013, Texas could have saved more than $200 million, according to a study from the South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource.[read more]

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

May 29, 2015 by Tom Plant

Power Generation and Water Consumption

Energy is a water intensive business. Thermal power plants need massive amounts of water for cooling. In Texas, during the most intense period of the recent drought, demand for water by energy sources rose 9% while the state’s reservoirs were at less than 50% of their capacity.[read more]

What Tesla's Powerwall Home Energy Storage Battery Means for Texas

May 16, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Tesla and Texas

There is enough solar energy potential in Texas to power the world twice over. Yet currently we rank 10th in the nation (behind New Jersey) with 330 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power about 57,000 homes. Texas is a state of almost nine million households.[read more]

A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

April 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Legislation

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability.[read more]

In the Face of Extreme Drought, Australia (and Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy for Water Conservation: Clean Energy

April 14, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Drought Risk and Clean Energy

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes – and a few successes, too.[read more]

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

March 29, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas Energy Legislation

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.[read more]

Military Experts in Texas Call for Plan of Action on Climate Change

March 10, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Climate Change and the Military


When the U.S. military calls climate change a “threat multiplier” and “a serious threat to national security,” it makes anyone stand up and pay attention. From direct land impacts and food and water shortages, to the displacement of millions of people, climate change is not taken lightly by our armed forces.[read more]

Wind Generates More than 10% of Texas Electricity in 2014

March 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Texas Energy Sources

In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from wind generation, according to the grid's operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Wind's share of the ERCOT generation mix grew from 6.2% in 2009 to 10.6% in 2014.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]