Progress in electric power, particularly the growth of renewable energy and consumer choice, is looking like gridlock. Look closer and we can see three fundamental issues: state policy vs. federal policy; changing perspectives on reliability, and how electric grid planning should accommodate the ongoing transition to renewable energy. We even have gridlock in the appointment and continuity of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that oversees much of the decision making in these spaces.
April 9, 2019 1:46 PM EDT
Watching the news last week as clouds of thick black smoke billowed over Houston, I worried about my family. They are surrounded by chemical plants. Hearing state and local officials saying there is no air quality issue, and then ordering everyone to “shelter in place” terrified me. In truth, the monitors either weren’t working or were under maintenance, and there didn’t seem to be an evacuation plan. Why not? The law requires one.
October 27, 2017 3:00 PM EDT
The Trump administration continues to draw a shroud over environmental protections. The results have real-world consequences. Read more >
December 6, 2016 8:27 AM EDT
I live in West Texas, and some of the stereotypes are true. There are more SUVs and trucks here than you can shake a stick at. Oil wells are more common than trees. And if you ask people here if humans are changing the climate, most would say no. Read more >
June 13, 2016 11:05 AM EDT
Something unprecedented just happened on the renewable energy front in Texas that is likely to reverberate in energy markets across the country. Read more >