Electric Deregulation: Texas vs. Pennsylvania

Electric Deregulation: Texas vs. Pennsylvania

For a key lawmaker in Pennsylvania, the Texas electric deregulation experience has become an example of what not to do.According to Camille George, the majority chair of a key committee in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives, utility representatives in his state...
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...
Looking for that cheapest loaf…

Looking for that cheapest loaf…

In 1999, then-state Sen. David Sibley, co-author of the Texas electric deregulation law, said this about his law: “If we don”t get consumers lower rates, then we have been a failure – I”ll be the first to say it.” But under Sibley”s...
Money for Renewable Energy

Money for Renewable Energy

Two Democratic lawmakers say they’ve come up with a nifty way to fund renewable energy projects in Texas. Take the money from funds administered by the governor. Senate Bill 542 would allocate money from the governor’s Texas Emerging Technology Fund not already...