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Texas expands industrial demand response program as grid goes to the brink of rolling outages

Utility Dive Original Article Texas regulators on Thursday voted to extend the state’s industrial demand response program. Retrieved from Public Utilities Commission of Texas. Dive Brief: The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Thursday voted to raise the budget for the state’s industrial demand response program, known as Emergency Response Service, or ERS, a day […]

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Public Utility Commission meets the same week ERCOT struggles to keep up with demand

CBS Austin Original Article (CBS Austin) AUSTIN, Texas — There was no conservation alert Thursday, as the ERCOT website showed plenty of electric supply to meet the demand. This morning the Public Utility Commission met here in Austin, during a hot week when the electric demand threatened to surpass the supply on two days, triggering conservation […]

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Four environmental advocacy groups, gas company settle Clean Air Act lawsuit

The Environmental Integrity Project, Sierra Club, Environment Texas, and Texas Campaign for the Environment reached an agreement with gas plant owner, DCP Operating Company, after the company agreed to make improvements that reduce gas flaring.

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Opinion: To cripple Putin, we must transition to renewable energy

Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Russia’s war with Ukraine is the most recent example of global bad actors manipulating fossil fuel supplies, sources and prices to drive political tensions. A just and clean energy transition can’t wait.

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Grid failure was a leadership failure

From our blog: Unfortunately, state officials still have not done all they should to make our grid reliable in the face of extreme weather events. Here are four things Texas officials should do to provide affordable, reliable power in the future.

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Editorial: Resign, Craddick and Christian. Regulators misled about winter storm and failed to prevent another

Houston Chronicle: Christian and Craddick misled Texans about the causes of the deadly blackouts. They’ve failed to insist that gas suppliers make urgent investments to winterize facilities and equipment. As such, the commissioners have left us in danger of another grid disaster.

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‘Significant interest’ leads TCEQ to schedule public meeting on Max Midstream’s air permit application

Victoria Advocate: If granted, the permit will allow Max Midstream to increase emissions of greenhouse gases measured in carbon dioxide equivalent by more than 100,000 tons per year.

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Op-Ed: Texas Legislature, add energy efficiency to winter storm reform

Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Despite the horror of Winter Storm Uri, when many Texans froze to death of hypothermia in their own homes, the Legislature has not taken a full court press approach to preventing disaster in the future.

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‘Collective amnesia’: Texas politicians knowingly blew 3 chances to fix the failing power grid

Houston Chronicle: In the wake of each power failure, or near-failure, over the past decade, Texas lawmakers have repeatedly stood at a fork in the road. In each instance, lawmakers left the state’s lightly regulated energy markets alone, choosing cheap electricity over a more stable system.

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The Corpus Christi Water Wars

Rolling Stone: A coalition of residents is trying to halt the region’s rapid industrial sprawl. The fight is now centered on the water supply for a massive new Exxon SABIC plastics plant in the drought-prone Texas city.

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