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Original Research 2016

Reliability Risks Due to Coal Retirement at ERCOT

By Drs. Ira Shavel and Yinxia Yang, The Brattle Group (December 2016). Prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition

A new TCEC-led report finds Texans should be optimistic about ERCOT’s ability to ensure uninterrupted electric grid despite anticipated coal plant retirements. Researchers with The Brattle Group found that coal plant retirements are unlikely to impact ERCOT’s grid reliability. ERCOT is currently oversupplied with power and the forecasted additions of natural gas, solar, and wind generation should balance out the anticipated coal retirements.

Reliability Risks Due to Coal Retirement at ERCOT -- Study report

Reliability Risks Due to Coal Retirement at ERCOT -- Slide presentation

Read TCEC's press release here.

Please see our "Original Research 2013" and "Original Research 2014" tabs for previous studies in this series.

 

Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT, Part IV: The Future of Clean Energy in ERCOT

By Drs. Ira Shavel and Yingxia Yang, et al., The Brattle Group (May 2016). Prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition.

Thanks to past actions by state leaders, Texas is expanding its historic energy leadership into the 21st century.  The deregulation of the Texas electric market and other initiatives, such as adopting one of the first Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and investing in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) for new transmission lines to bring renewable power to Texas cities, have laid the foundation for the ongoing transition to clean energy. 

TCEC’s May 2016 study, Part Four in the series conducted by researchers at The Brattle Group, looks at how market forces can create a cleaner ERCOT grid that relies on Texas-produced natural gas, wind and solar power without raising electric prices for customers. 

An Executive Summary of the report is available, or you can download the full slide deck summarizing the study results.

Read TCEC's press release here.

Please see our "Original Research 2013" and "Original Research 2014" tabs for previous studies in this series.

 

New Texas Poll Shows Strong Republican Support for Clean Energy Policies, Statewide Plan

The survey of 801 registered voters was conducted in mid-April 2016 by Michael Baselice, president of Austin-based Baselice & Associates in collaboration with Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of Echelon Insights of Alexandria, Va. The poll was conducted for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition.

Key findings include:

• Widespread support for increasing clean energy power in Texas. 

• Natural gas seen as a part of clean energy mix. 

• Cleaner air, economic growth, and reduced dependence on foreign sources and oil prices viewed as most convincing reasons to increase clean energy in Texas. 

• Voters, including Republicans, express strong majority support for 9 of 10 potential Texas clean energy policies,and proposals that provide consumers more freedom and level the playing field received the highest marks.

Baselice & Associates/Echelon Insights Texas Power Survey Topline Results

Texas Power Survey Summary Graphics

Read TCEC's press release here.

 

 

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