TCEC Issues Guide 2011

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TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Decoupling: Why Punish Utilities for Efficiency?
Selling less product sounds unappealing to most  companies, but it is exactly what we are asking our utilities to do when we encourage them to offer more energy efficiency programs.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Demand Response: Reducing the Demand for Energy When It Costs the Most
There are many factors that contribute to volatile price spikes in the Texas wholesale energy market, but the lack of alternatives to expensive peak generation is often a cause.  Demand Response (DR) resources can play a crucial role in alleviating this issue.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Energy Efficiency Access: Helping Ratepayers Get Their Money’s Worth
A survey commissioned by the Public Utility Commission of Texas found that 77% of commercial customers in deregulated areas of the State were unaware of energy efficiency programs and incentives available to them (Itron 2008).

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Energy Efficiency Financing: Minimizing Rate Impacts of Efficiency Programs
Even though energy efficiency is the cheapest and cleanest source of energy available, the way we pay for energy efficiency programs makes their short-term rate impacts artificially high.  We need to find ways to encourage more energy efficiency while minimizing rate impacts.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Energy Efficiency Goals: The Cheapest Energy
Energy efficiency is the cleanest and cheapest way to satisfy Texas’ growing energy demands.  It is much more expensive to buy power than to save it through efficiency.

In 1999, Texas pioneered an innovative policy mechanism called the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) which established a formal statewide energy efficiency goal.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Hybrid Power Plants: Co-locating Renewable Power with Natural Gas
Just as a hybrid car gets power from two sources –gasoline and a battery – a power plant can become a hybrid plant when a renewable source of power is co-located with a coal or gas plant.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Non-Wind RPS: Encouraging a Diverse Mix of Renewables
In 1999, Texas pioneered a policy to encourage the development of renewable energy in the State called the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).  It has been a phenomenal success.

In just seven years after the original RPS was established, Texas became the nation’s leader in wind capacity.  The original RPS goal was achieved three years ahead of schedule, and the revised goal for 2025 was met in 2010. 

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - PACE: Removing Key Barriers for Clean Energy Projects
Since the average homeowner in Texas only stays in their home for five years, this payback period dilemma is one of the major barriers to the widespread adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.  Upfront cost is another.  Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, programs eliminate both issues.

Under PACE programs, municipalities may offer financing for major energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to voluntary
participants and get repaid through tax assessments on those properties.

TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011 - Solar Rebates: Growing the Solar Industry in Texas
There is massive untapped potential for the solar industry in Texas. Despite the fact that Texas has the most solar resources in the US, we ranked only 13th among states in solar energy production in 2009.




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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