“ERCOT’s reliability anxiety: Energy groups square off on what’s to blame”
With natural gas and wind now nearly two-thirds of the Texas energy mix, Texans are beginning to worry about whether the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) can keep the power flowing. And they are looking for someone to blame.
…Wind on ERCOT’s system “has become so significant” that it can determine when peak demand requires ERCOT to exercise market mechanisms to increase the power supply, Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) Attorney Katie Coleman told the state Senate Committee on Business and Commerce April 2.
TAM, which includes manufacturers who use natural gas, supports a study of how wind’s rapid growth, driven by federal and state “subsidies,” has led to “increased price volatility” and “market distortions.”
Coleman appeared on behalf of Senate Bill (SB) 2232, which would order a study of “ongoing effects” from renewable energy subsidies, especially the $23/MWh federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind, on reliability. House Bill (HB) 2908 was amended April 4 to complement SB 2232.