Octopus Energy is bringing clean, distributed energy to the masses

The clean-energy retailer is both serving and disrupting the utility sector — selling software, renewable power, smart home energy devices and more. When you think of electric utilities, the words fast, nimble, tech-savvy or cuddly probably don’t come to mind. Nor do those qualities often apply to the startups dragging the old grid into a […]

Conservatives Should Embrace Energy Facts Over Fiction

April 20, 2023 Josiah Neeley & Matt Welch The Texas energy grid may need a few precise improvements, but errant and unfounded advice isn’t going to help conservatives beat the top-down command and control left. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, recently published an editorial entitled “A Texas-Sized Energy Fiasco” which seeks to blame Texas’ […]

Texas Senate Energy Bill to Overhaul Power Grid Will Increase Costs for Ratepayers Across the State

Last week the Texas state Senate passed several pieces of legislation that aim to bolster grid security and reliability in Texas. Included in these bills is Senate Bill (SB) 6, which establishes the Texas Energy Insurance Program and authorizes the construction of a fleet of new natural gas-fired power plants that will be used only as a form of emergency generation capacity in times of blackouts or high demand. If adopted, these alleged reforms would abandon the principles of free enterprise that have made Texas a leader in energy innovation and providing low-cost energy to families and businesses.  

A competitive market should lead the way in EV infrastructure in Texas

A Texas Senate bill will encourage competition by the the private sector. By Matt Welch 1:30 AM on Mar 7, 2023 CST All across Texas, heads are turning as consumers see more and more electric vehicles on our highways and county roads. With good reason, folks are starting to wonder what the automotive market of the […]

Commentary: CPS Energy was right to cut its coal losses

Matt Welch for Express NewsFeb 8, 2023 Two years ago, Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation, where I serve as director, called on CPS Energy to cut its losses and close the coal-fired J.K Spruce power plant.  As I wrote then, “Other technologies have made it clear the coal plant’s goose is cooked, and it is time to […]

Texas plan to stop next grid disaster could cost customers billions

Those types of resources could help meet Texas’ summer peaks in power demand when heat waves cause air conditioner energy use to spike up for hours at a time in afternoons and early evenings, Milligan said. It would be less useful in the winter, when freezing temperatures can cause much longer-lasting spikes in demand both for […]

The Time Is Now: Stepping Up Cyber Security for the Energy Sector

By Leo Simonovich & Amit YoranOctober 18, 2022 It’s time to step up on cyber security for the energy sector. The recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act will incentivize a new wave of investment in energy infrastructure. With that wave, we have an opportunity to build cybersecurity approaches that keep up with […]

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