TCEC Issues Guide 2013

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TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 - Resource Adequacy: Meeting Texas' Energy Needs
Regardless of the structure of the electric market, there are many policy tools available to help meet peak demand, lower wholesale market prices, and reduce the amount of generation that needs to be built to support a few peak hours of the year.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 - Demand Response for Commercial Users
Demand Response programs are a cost-effective way to meet peak electric demand by offering incentives for electricity users who temporarily reduce their electricity usage when demand for electricity is greater than the supply, or during an emergency.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 - Demand Response for Residential Customers
Residential electric customers make up over half of the energy usage in ERCOT during peak periods, especially hot summer afternoons.  Policy changes could make it easier for residential customers to participate in Demand Response programs to lower prices and increase the reliability of our electric grid.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 - Energy Efficiency
The cheapest energy is the energy you don't use -- which means increasing our energy efficiency goals, our cheapest energy resource.  Although Texas led the way in energy efficiency a decade ago, we've now fallen behind other states; this paper discusses some ways we can catch up.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 - Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
Since 2001, public entities like state agencies, universities, large cities and counties have been required to meet an annual 5% energy reduction goal, but very few meet the goal or even report their progress as required by law.  A 5% energy savings by state agencies alone could save taxpayers $10 million.  This paper discusses some ways to get the process back on track and encourage money-saving energy efficiency programs for public buildings.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 -- Water Conservation
With the hot, dry summer of 2011 fresh in our minds and experts predicting a prolonged drought, the Legislature is considering proposals to protect our water resources for the long term.  Nearly everyone agrees that water conservation should play some role in the plan.  This paper discusses some surprising finds about just how cost-effective water conservation could be.  Conservation is by far the cheapest solution to our water needs.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 - Water-Energy Nexus
Without adequate water supplies, many of the power plants in Texas would not be able to function.  Conversely, without adequate supplies of electricity, Texas would not be able to operate the machinery that treats and pumps water to our state’s citizens, farms, and industrial users.  The relationships and interdependencies between our energy and water resources in this “energy-water nexus” are becoming better understood and appreciated each day.   The paper discusses these relationships.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2013 - Commercial PACE
Property Assessment Clean Energy, or PACE, is an innovative way for property owners to finance energy efficiency upgrades to their property.  By eliminating up-front costs, providing low-interest financing and making it easy to transfer the loan when the building is sold, PACE makes it more attractive for property owners to invest in making their buildings more water and energy efficient. 

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UT Texas Water Study (October 8, 2012)
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UT National Water Study (September 20, 2012)
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Energy Efficiency Investments (March 22, 2011)
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TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011

Demand Response
Energy Efficiency Access
Energy Efficiency Financing
Energy Efficiency Goals
Hybrid Power Plants
Non-Wind RPS
Solar Rebates