[UPDATE: ERCOT announced on Nov. 17, 2023, that it is scrapping its plan to bring back mothballed and de-commissioned power plants! The best solutions to strengthen are grid are still not getting attention, so please send a comment to them today!]
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has made an astonishing request to bring shuttered, polluting gas and coal plants back from the dead.
This could lead to more pollution in frontline communities. Why would Texas do this when we have more affordable, cleaner, and faster options to reduce stress on the electric grid?
Halloween is over. Tell the PUC to stop ERCOT’s zombie power plant efforts and instead invest in clean alternatives.
Hopefully, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), which oversees ERCOT, will steer us away from this bad idea. However, one mothballed gas plant has already announced a bid to come back from the dead: Talen Energy’s Barney Davis gas plant near Corpus Christi.
Solutions to strengthen our electric grid need to do three things: 1) Strengthen the grid, 2) Lower energy burden on Texas families, and 3) Not pollute our air and water. ERCOT’s plan is not the way. What is the way? Energy efficiency programs help thousands and thousands of Texans weatherize their homes so they don’t waste energy. Demand response programs pay customers for reducing energy consumption. Both solutions should be prioritized ahead of more fossil fuel power plants.
Texas can do this! The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) identified 10 programs that could reduce summer peaks by about 15,000 MW and winter peaks by about 25,300 MW through targeted investments over the next six years.
Send the PUC a message urging them to prioritize customer-first solutions to our power grid problems.
Until the PUCT, ERCOT, and the Texas Legislature take the demand side more seriously, we will continue to face emergency situations.
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