June 25 — Garza said reserve margins will be tighter this summer than last year, primarily because of the retirement of 4.2 GW of coal generation over the last 12 months. That dropped ERCOT’s planning reserve margin from 18.9% to 9.3% — since increased to 11% — and raised fears of potential shortages during a long, hot summer.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.