Ever since the EPA announced new pollution regs that would come down hardest on dirty power plants, there’s been considerable Sturm und Drang from the industry, who’ve been making all sorts of dire predictions about rolling outages resulting from burdensome, onerous, expensive federal regulation. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation grid reliability report singled Texas out as a state most likely to struggle to meet peak demand by 2013. Right after that, ERCOT released its own projections, portending reliability problems by 2012.
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Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.