Once the legislative package gets signed into law, the state will have plans for at least 2,500 megawatts of energy storage and all state-regulated utilities will need to submit storage plans to the Public Service Commission by 2030.
The regional hubs will help replace fossil fuels and will also create more than $40 billion in private investment along with thousands of new jobs. Nearly every state has joined at least one proposed hub.
Water providers say rebates for residential areas are costly and many people refuse to remove their lawns. The rules aim to save enough water for more than a million households a year.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas wants to increase the amount of power it can quickly access in the case of extreme demand. It specifically is looking toward a decommissioned coal-fired power plant near San Antonio.
The state has more than 18,000 transmission lines that move power from a myriad of energy sources. But, as the state transitions away from fossil fuels, the existing infrastructure is inadequate.
The federal agency found Alabama’s program of managing its own coal ash is “significantly” less protective than what the federal rules require. For many the decision is evidence that other states, like Georgia, need to adjust their plans.
Officials tout the state’s diverse portfolio of energy sources, including wind, solar, natural gas and nuclear, as a major factor behind its resilience. On Aug. 7, peak demand was at 84,029 megawatts.
The typical city’s home pays nearly $2,385 per month on household expenses like mortgage, rent, loans, utilities and insurance, ranking 331 out of 431 cities across the state with the most expensive household bills.
Managed charging, battery storage and other technologies will be key to helping utilities build electric grid resiliency and stability.
Georgia is just one of 19 states that have laws regarding the disconnect of customer power in summer months. No company in the state may shut off power in the extreme heat or when temperature falls below 32 degrees.
A new state law that goes into effect in September blocks city, county, school district and other authorities from limiting or banning the use, sale or lease of an engine based on its fuel source.
Commercial and residential buildings produce 13 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, nationwide, and consume 28 percent of energy. Several states are requiring large buildings to track their energy use to improve efficiency.
The electricity agency has issued a warning of higher demand on the state’s power infrastructure this weekend as temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees in North Texas. But there have not been predicted outages or a call for conserving power.
They worry that the retirement of fossil fuel electricity production without the replacement of reliable renewable energy sources could cause rolling blackouts and widespread deaths from loss of power.
New net metering rules have taken effect, giving solar owners a much worse deal than they had before on the excess power they sell back to the grid. The change could diminish the state's lead in small-scale solar electricity.