ERCOT Plant Retirements, Load: Charts

July 3, 2018


No matter how hot the rest of the summer, unusual heat waves have already chalked up record high electricity demand in May and June.

Hourly day-ahead prices at ERCOT’s North hub, which represents a region that includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reached $551 per megawatthour (MWh) on May 16 and 15-minute real-time prices reached $3,125/MWh on June 5, reflecting the dynamic needs of the grid during these unexpectedly high electricity demand periods…

Texas Democrats’ Platform Calls For RRC Reform, Fracking Investigations, New TCEQ Officers, Eminent Domain Reform

A detailed list of initiatives, incentives, investigations support and proposed Legislative actions among the energy statements in the 2018-2020 Texas Democrats party platform

July 2, 2018


Texas Democrats are calling for a moratorium on, and an effective phasing out and end of, new fracking within eight years as part of the party platform ratified at the state convention in Ft. Worth.

The platform, released last week, also calls for reform of the Railroad Commission and reform of utility deregulation, creation of CO2 content fees for fossil fuels, an investigation into the effects of fracking, reduction of methane emissions from drilling, retirement of coal-burning power plants and development of a state rail transportation plan…