2 thoughts on “Deregulation, Texas-style

  1. Update says:

    Fallout from Texas’ statewide power outages in February continues to spread. Today, the Texas House of Representatives is scheduled to debate a bill that would require power producers to bear the costs of services that help keep the electrical grid stable. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/amazon-warns-texas-dont-pass-bill-that-would-drive-up-wind-power-costs/
    If the bill passes, it would “unfairly shift the cost of ancillary electric services exclusively onto renewable generators [wind and solar] rather than all the beneficiaries,” according to a letter written by the Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF), an industry group, and signed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Goldman Sachs, and a number of other firms. https://acore.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/U.S.-PREF-Letter-April-6-2021.pdf

  2. 2muchain'tenough says:

    Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage. https://www.dailydot.com/debug/texas-remote-controlled-smart-thermostats/
    The issue comes shortly after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s power grid manager, called on customers to reduce their energy usage and adjust their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher.
    Serious questions continue to be raised about the resilience of the privately-run grid in the wake of the devastating snowstorm last February that resulted in widespread power outages.

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