Heatwave Pushes Texas Grid Operator to the Limit Prompting Emergency Conservation Measures

The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a news release on August 13 urging Texans to conserve electricity as record demand met temperatures in the triple digits. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. saw its operating reserves dip below their 2.3 gigawatt threshold and push power prices to the market cap of $9,000/MWh. High temperatures…

States Challenge Trump Administration’s Rollback of Power Plant Emission Rules

A coalition of 22 states and 7 cities on Aug. 13 filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Affordable Clean Energy” rule that replaced more stringent Obama-era restrictions on power sector emissions. The new plan allows states the flexibility to choose from a list of technologies to set performance standards for individual facilities, making…

Missouri Commission Clears Ameren’s 300-Megawatt Wind Farm

The Missouri Public Service Commission approved an agreement allowing Ameren Missouri to build its proposed Outlaw wind project in Atchison County, according to an Aug. 16 press release. Ameren will acquire the proposed 299-megawatt facility from Enel Kansas LLC upon completion under a build-transfer agreement. Under the agreement, Outlaw Wind Project LLC, a special purpose…