Houses in this Texas development pay just $1 a month in energy bills. Here’s how

As extreme weather becomes more common, reliable heating and cooling may start coming from underground ‘geogrids.’ BY NATE BERG When uncommonly cold weather hit Texas in February 2021, the surge in energy demand knocked out the power grid, leaving millions of people without electricity or heat for days. The so-called Snowpocalypse was a catastrophe that left an […]

COP, New Energy Laws, and the Power of Competition

There’s a lot going on in the energy world right now. The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is happening in Glasgow, Scotland. Congress recently passed major new energy legislation in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. And as consumers soon will find out if they don’t already know: much higher energy costs and heating bills are coming […]

Welfare for Texas Electricity Generators Is Not a Viable Solution

October 21, 2021 By Matt Welch and Landon Stevens The blackouts in the ERCOT region this past February were a tragedy on multiple levels and should never happen again.  The Texas Legislature passed several laws intended to improve reliability of the ERCOT electric grid, and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has been working […]

Texas Receives “B” on Electric Competition Scorecard

Academic study finds Texas possesses key tenants of a competitive electric market  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CEN CONTACT: Joanna Lewis – [email protected] October 19, 2021 – AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas has released a national “Electric Competition Scorecard” in conjunction with the release of “The State of Electric Competition in the United States of […]

Deregulation and U.S. Energy Independence

Fracking and an end to the oil-export ban turned America into a global powerhouse. By Paul M. Dabbar Oct. 5, 2021 The U.S. in 2019 became a net exporter of energy and achieved energy independence. Once at the mercy of hostile foreign governments that used energy supply as a cudgel, the U.S. is now the third-largest […]

Opinion: Texas’ rare opportunity to fix the energy marketplace

By Suzanne Bertin Abundant natural resources, free markets, and a strong commitment to innovation have long positioned Texas as an energy leader. However, Texans’ faith in that leadership was tested this year during Winter Storm Uri, and our state is still looking for solutions to reliably keep the lights on. After the storm, the Texas legislature […]

Texas grid reform should make every megawatt count

Josiah Neeley, R Street Institute Aug. 20, 2021 “Is the Texas grid fixed?” It’s a question I’ve gotten a lot from friends and family over the past few months. Texans strongly want to avoid a repeat of the February blackouts that cost billions, led to over a hundred deaths and gave the state a political black […]

Attacking Texas’ renewable energy won’t keep the lights on

Policymaker should embrace renewables and address reliability by incentivizing new technology and reducing demand. By Michael E. Webber 1:30 AM on Jul 24, 2021 CDT This op-ed is part of a series published by The Dallas Morning News Opinion section to explore ideas and policies for strengthening electric reliability. Find the full series here: Keeping the Lights […]

Rethinking the future of refueling

How solar plus storage plus EVs equals energy freedom. Michael Lee, May 27 2021 Michael Lee is CEO of Octopus Energy U.S. and co-founder of Evolve Energy, which was acquired by Octopus Energy in 2020. This contributed content represents the views of the author, not those of Canary Media. Many questions remain around the circumstances […]