2021 saw some big changes to Texas power grid after winter freeze

The work is far from over, but many changes came to Texas’ beleaguered power grid in 2021  following the deadly February freeze.  An exterior view of the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) headquarters in Taylor, Texas, Wednesday, December 8, 2021. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News) (Tom Fox)  By Philip Jankowski  5:24 AM on Dec […]

UN Chief Lectures Texas Based On False Premise

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres lashed out at Texas and Texans at a press conference last week, telling the media that “If Texas wants to remain prosperous in 2050 or 2070, Texas will have to diversify its economy and Texas will have to be less dependent on oil and gas. It has all the conditions to be […]

Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian Passes Key Resolutions At IOGCC

Texas Defends States Rights at Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission AUSTIN – Today, Commissioner Wayne Christian authored and passed three resolutions to protect states’ rights, protect consumers, and encourage technological innovation in the oil and gas industry. Resolution 21.052 – Opposition to the CLEAN Future Act (View here): This resolution co-sponsored by Texas and North […]

New Interactive Website Shows Clean Energy’s Contributions to Rural Texas

Solar and wind projects help diversify local economies, creating new revenue for rural governments, school districts and landowners; but anti-economic development bills threaten that growth. Wind power, solar power, and energy storage projects are providing new economic opportunities for rural Texas counties, bringing needed diversification, economic development, job creation, and multi-generational revenue through a growing […]

Setting Electricity Markets Up for the Future With Competition

It wasn’t too long ago when the government told everyone where to get their electricity and how much they were going to pay for it. Electric utilities were granted monopolies over their customers, and in return those utilities had to get government approval for every major business decision they undertook. But starting two decades ago, 13 states plus D.C. decided […]

West Texas facility breathing new life into old wind turbine blades

By Joseph Neubauer | Posted: Fri 7:55 AM, Feb 14, 2020 | Updated: Fri 9:10 AM, Feb 14, 2020 SWEETWATER, Tx. (KOSA) — Wind turbines are a monument of green energy, but what happens when you need to replace the turbine blades? And where do the blades go? For a time, most blades went straight […]

VERIFY: Do wind turbines kill a large number of birds?

Answering the question means taking several factors into account, like the need to develop sources of green energy and looking at what else is killing birds. Author: David Schechter Published: 10:25 PM CST February 23, 2020 DALLAS — Wind energy is a big winner for Texas. On a recent Verify, I showed you how a […]

Solar, wind and batteries expected to outpace new gas-powered generation in Texas

L.M.Sixel Texas is increasingly moving away from power generated by natural gas, the backbone of the state’s electricity system and which supplies about half of the state’s generating capacity. Solar power is emerging as the state’s fastest growing electricity source, according to the state grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Solar developers are […]

Wind energy gives American farmers a new crop to sell in tough times

Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY LOUD COUNTY, Kan. – Across this central northern county, wind turbine blades slowly slice the cold air over winter-brown fields. The 67 wind turbines of the Meridian Way Wind Farm straddle dozens of farms and ranches, following the contours of the land and the eddies of the wind above it. The […]