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‘Disarray:’ Texas senators might halt ERCOT power grid redesign

Philip Jankowski of The Dallas Morning News reports that Texas senators might reject the state’s proposed power grid redesign.

The C3 Take
  • Regulators in Texas have submitted a plan that would redesign the state’s electricity market to make it more favorable to oil and gas and less favorable to renewables and nuclear power.
  • While these regulators claim that their plan would prevent blackouts in the event of a winter storm like Uri, it would actually stifle competition, increase costs for consumers, and do little to improve reliability.
  • Importantly, ERCOT’s redesign does not include plans to winterize the state’s grid infrastructure.
  • Texas lawmakers can improve grid reliability by investing in infrastructure upgrades and implementing technology-neutral energy policies that allow the market to pick winners and losers.

“Lawmakers’ dubious reaction to the proposed redesign appears to have morphed into a red light after senators heard testimony that the untested marketplace would make investors skittish to commit to building coveted natural gas plants in Texas.”

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