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Gas consumption plummets as renewable generation goes up

Genscape is reporting that renewable generation was up 30 percent for the week ending February 20, 2014, while gas consumption plummeted 35 percent as a result of the increase in renewables and weaker power demand. According to Genscape estimates, the total weekly generation of 11,982 GWh was the second highest weekly number in the past five years.

V2G aggregation system developed for ERCOT pilot

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) aggregation system qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to manage charging activities for a fleet of electric delivery trucks. The SwRI system suspends vehicle charging when the electric grid frequency drops too far below normal operating frequency 60 hertz, enabling technologies to support stable electric power delivery.

Energy Future Holdings fined by TX PUC

Luminant Energy Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings, has been fined $750,000 as part of a settlement agreement with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The settlement stems from the alleged failure of several Luminant power generating units during peak demand on February 2, 2011, when record low temperatures caused a spike in power demand.

PUCT approves AEP, MidAmerican transmission line

The transmission project includes construction of approximately 156 miles of 345 kV transmission lines that will connect ETT's Lobo Substation near Laredo with substations north of Edinburg and will add two new substations along the line route. The cost is estimated at $318 million.   

Utilities, ISOs coordinate to ensure summer supply

The country's independent system operators are analyzing their energy supplies and preparing for the peak demands of summer. Some regions are more prepared than others.

TX energy challenges could be solved with solar

Texas ranks 13 th in the U.S. for cumulative installed solar capacity, according to SEIA. However, the state could be doing a lot more for its infrastructure when it comes to using solar. With acres of usable land, Texas has huge potential-- more than twice that of any other state-- to increase its solar ranking.

Too windy for wind

The California Independent System Operator Corporation set a new wind record last Friday when wind levels reached 4,196 MW, surpassing the previous peak output record of 3,944 MW.

ERCOT pilot provides new incentives for DR

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas will launch a pilot this summer that expands the options it has to reduce electric use during peak conditions when demand is high and power supplies are tight.

ERCOT summer reserves will be tight

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is predicting that the amount of electricity available to serve customers this summer will be tight once again. ERCOT and the Public Utility...

Wind whipping Texas coal generation

Since 2008, Texas has seen significant changes in the electricity market, to the point where wind power and natural gas prices have made large, capital-intensive coal plants uneconomic.