March 6 — ERCOT’s current planning reserve margin for the summer is at 7.4%, nearly half of the state’s target of 13.75%. The low reserve margin dropped to this expected level after a municipal utility informed the grid operator in January about its plans to purchase cheaper energy on the open market this summer, mothballing its 470 MW Gibbons Creek coal plant.
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.