The electrical grid in America can be roughly split into three separate and individual areas. The Eastern Interconnection supplies everything east of the Rockies; The Western Interconnection supplies everything to the west; and The Texas interconnection, supplies Texas. Partly due to a historical desire to be self-sufficient, and partly due to the “Don’t Mess with Texas!” attitude, the lone star state exists in an energy based isolation, wherein the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ECROT) generates and supplies all its own electricity.
This self sufficiency has in the past benefited them by providing a consistent supply of cheap electricity, but it now looks as though it could be a poisoned chalice.
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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.