In Need of Another Rolling Blackout? Then Read This New Story of ERCOT.

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This morning we received the same report presented to all members of the Texas Legislature: The Story of ERCOT, prepared by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. It's a mammoth thing -- 110 pages based, says TCAP, on "months of research, including a review of journalistic accounts, regulatory documents, academic studies and years of data from the United States Energy Information Administration." Long story short, from the release:
The Story of ERCOT documents an alarming increase in borrowing and spending by the organization and a lack of accountability to state officials and regulators. The report shows that self-interested industry players dominate the ERCOT board while Texas consumers, who indirectly or directly pay the entire cost of the organization and the electric market that it helps oversee, have only a limited voice.
I'm early into the doc -- the history-of, to be specific, dealing with the 1913 creation of the 60,000-volt line created to juice up the Dallas-Waco Interurban Electric Trolley Car System; that's round about where the click-to-embiggen map you see here comes in. But I've skimmed the rest -- and anyone remember the '04 scam that resulted in the '06 conviction of former FBI agent Carlos Luquis? Then there's this, from one of the myriad and-say-did-ya-know? sidebars contained within:
There have been 6,593 circuit miles and $ 4.4 billion in transmission improvements added in the ERCOT region since 1999. Another 2,888 miles are currently under study. Many of the proposed transmission lines will serve wind generators in West Texas and the Panhandle, rather than being used to directly relieve pressure on lines connecting metropolitan areas such as Houston and Dallas.
You just had a rolling blackout, didn't you?
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4 comments
scottindallas
scottindallas

I have to turn my computer 45 degrees to get North. That explains so much about Dallas' orientation

scottindallas
scottindallas

"self-interested industry players dominate the ERCOT board while Texas consumers, who indirectly or directly pay the entire cost of the organization and the electric market"

How do we not directly pay all the costs? Is it that we borrowed money so our kids will be paying that in the future? That is a poor editorial choice, and I see no one to blame but YOU Robert.

Those transmission line improvements are the reward for T-Boone's lobbying campaign for wind power. He was looking for a $billions in subsidies, here you can argue they are indirect. But qui qui bono-ed is T-Boone. He might should have had to balance his ROI more appropriately. You know, that might mean OSU gets one less facility, but I think the Texas taxpayer is worth it.

RS1963
RS1963

Someone had to do a report to find out that "self-interested industry players dominate the ERCOT board while Texas consumers, who indirectly or directly pay the entire cost of the organization and the electric market that it helps oversee, have only a limited voice."

Isn't that the status quo for basically EVERY board or governing body in Texas? But of course, we can trust the "businessmen" to take care of us...

pak152
pak152

so what you're saying then is that the wind plantations were directly involved in the rolling blackouts?

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