Of Mothballs & Museum Pieces

Of Mothballs & Museum Pieces

It’s been suggested that Luminant”s recent decision to retire or mothball 12 older gas-fired plants is just another example of the invigorating powers of that tonic known as electric deregulation. The plants in question are all 40 and 50 years old. Under the...
ERCOT approves eye-popping nodal budget

ERCOT approves eye-popping nodal budget

A nodal project originally estimated to cost ratepayers as little as $59.7 million is now projected to cost $658.7 million under a budget approved this week by the ERCOT board. All consumer representatives voted against the new spending plan. ERCOT also approved a new...
Rep. Burt Solomons to lead key state House committee

Rep. Burt Solomons to lead key state House committee

The state House committee charged with considering key electricity issues has a veteran lawmaker for its new leader. Carrollton Republican Burt Solomons, who this year begins his 8th term in the Texas House, was named Feb. 12 to helm the newly reconstituted State...
The Opposite Effect

The Opposite Effect

Former state Sen. David Sibley, co-author of the Texas deregulation law, recently suggested to a reporter that he linked wholesale energy prices to natural gas pricing in Senate Bill 7 as a way to discourage the production of new coal plants and to phase out old...