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A few takeaways from an eventful #txenergy/#ERCOT day:
- A major coal plant tripped at 7pm during the conservation call.
- Storage picked up the slack in a major way.
- The new backup reserve ECRS was deployed for 5 hrs.
- Prices were in the $1000's/MWh for ~4 hours.
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At 7:00, when reserves were very tight and a conservation call was in effect, a coal plant went offline.

This happens *a lot* during extreme temperatures. We'll know if a few days which plant it was. Happily for Texans, battery storage filled in the gap... (cont). #txenergy 2/
Storage replaced 75% of the lost coal in minutes.

Here you can see coal plants producing 11,744MW at 6:54pm; 10 minutes later it's down to 11,176. That's a sudden loss of 568MW.

At 6:54pm, batteries were producing 360MW. By 7:04, storage ramped to 783MW, an increase of 423MW. ImageImage
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ERCOT has called for conservation and conditions are very tight indeed today. Solar is making a massive, determinative difference, producing 12 gigawatts on peak. #txlege #txenergy #energytwitter… Image
Gas & coal outages are 40% above expected levels, which is actually an improvement from the last few days, but not in the high or extreme range. Demand response from large customers will likely make a big difference. Outages are still unlikely.
The communications from @ERCOT_ISO again are lacking. Should be telling tell people to pre-cool their homes, since there was plenty of capacity this morning and midday. Also, though the conservation call goes from 4 - 8pm, the following hour still looks tight. #txlege
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#ERCOT grid update: Things will be tight on the grid today and tomorrow — very tight. ERCOT projecting 82.9 gigawatt peak @ 4pm and a spread between supply and demand of only 1800 megawatts tomorrow around 7pm. #txlege #energytwitter 1/ Image
Solar power is having a massive impact on the grid this summer. Without it, we would be in serious trouble and have a much higher likelihood of outages. #Solar will top out right at or above 12GW and... (cont.) #energytwitter #txenergy Image
... is still producing ~9GW in the hour of tightest reserves. The 3+GW of batteries in ERCOT are mostly providing backup reserves in case of shortage (like when a major power plant goes offline like a nuke did last week) but is also injecting 500MW to the market when needed. 3/ ImageImage
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Yesterday at 6:31CT, one of the four nuclear units in Texas stopped producing power. A new fast acting backup reserve (ECRS, which is mostly batteries) stabilized the grid & prevented bigger problems. ERCOT has said nothing about this outside of what's below but... (cont) #txlege ImageImage
...this is potentially a big deal. The public deserves answers about what this means for this week. If it doesn't come back by Tuesday, the probability of rolling outages is higher than it otherwise would be. ERCOT is projecting a margin of only 2,582MW at 7pm Tuesday. Not good. Image
I still think at this point the power will stay on, but it's becoming more important to tell the public to pre-cool homes early in the day & try to use less between 6-8pm. Would be better for this to be systematic and valued, so ERCOT would have another tool to deploy if needed.
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85% of customers are without power in Harrison & Marion counties in the midst of a deadly heat wave. Storm last night was devastating; power not expected for a week in some areas. Would be nice if the Governor could stop vetoing bills long enough to declare a disaster. #txlege Image
Shelby County: 75% of customers without power.
Gregg County: >50%
Upshur County: 70%
Camp County: >50%
Franklin County: 50%

This is a major disaster and hardly anyone outside of East Texas is talking about it. #energytwitter #txlege…
Currently 81,000 homes or businesses are without power in @SWEPCoNews' territory in Texas. That's nearly half of their customers. They're requesting mutual aid. #txlege
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Voucher proponents say “allow funding to follow the student instead of the system”.

This is designed to decimate the public ed system, diverting public dollars to private, faith based institutions, in many cases to re-segregate schools, taking us back to the 1950’s
#txlege #txed
Texas Republicans in #txlege who take an anti-voucher stance are supporting the buildings, but not the people in them.

You see it in their legislation and votes, banning books, marginalizing and erasing LGBTQ students and staff, dictating that real history can’t be taught. #txed
If you want to call yourself “pro-public education”, you have to support the people who ARE public education: the staff, teachers, and students.

You have to look at the record of #txlege lawmakers. What are they voting for? It isn't just money and vouchers. It's about people.
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Buzbee begins presser on Paxton defense, says Dan Cogdell is with him. Calls articles of impeachment "baloney" and allegations "false."

"Ken Paxton will never be convicted by the Senate"

Buzbee calls the House impeachment a "driveby shooting on a holiday weekend to politically assassinate" Paxton #txlege
Cogdell, who already reps Paxton in his securities fraud case, speaks now. Cogdell jokes he's the "least recongizable lawyer involved in thise case" #txlege
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.@DanPatrick presser begins with prop taxes #txlege
Patrick continues to call eliminating prop taxes a "fantasy."

"I don’t blame it on the governor. He’s either getting very bad information from his staff or very bad information from someone on the outside." #txlege
Patrick rehashes a lot of recent arguments, challenges @GovAbbott to say he will not veto a bill to increase homestead exemption #txlege
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Happening Now: Public meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court- executive body of the most populous county in #Texas.

Livestream is here (clumsy website- you'll have to scroll down and click 'watch live').…
Today's agenda includes 366 items and may be found here:
The last meeting was "volatile" to say the least, with Harris County Judge stating on the record that she had been "groped" in that room, but there has been no further information released.

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As you see posts for a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) alternative called Texans For Excellence In Eduction (TEE) being pushed by two State House members, the Tarrant County Judge, and a State Board of Education member... (1 of 5) #txed #txlege ImageImageImageImage
And you look at Texans for Excellence in Education website, which calls out not being "driven by political agendas", and also their Facebook ads currently running, focusing on "students' well being", "the beginning of a new era of representation", and "myths vs facts"... (2) ImageImageImageImage
Keep in mind this organization, Texans for Excellence In Education, that is supposedly not driven by political agendas and is non-partisan, it has released all of these ads, dripping with Christian nationalist talking points to make people fear public schools (3)
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The ninth and final batch of Texas House scorecards
This release covers T to Z, from James Talarico to Erin Zwiener
Full details on how each Rep voted on all 50 items will be available on in the near future
#SeeItNameItFightIt #txlege
James Talarico (HD50) earned an "A" rating
With 49 tracked votes taken, he voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 47 times
That's 96%
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Carl Tepper (HD84) earned an "F" rating
With 50 tracked votes taken, he voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 10 times
That's 20%
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Batch eight of Texas House scorecards.
This release covers the letter S, from Matt Schaefer to Valoree Swanson
Full details on how each Rep voted on all 50 items will be available on in the near future.
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Matt Schaefer (HD6) earned an "F" rating
With 49 tracked votes taken, he voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 4 times
That's 8%
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Nate Schatzline (HD93) earned an "F" rating
With 50 tracked votes taken, he voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 10 times
That's 20%
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Batch seven of Texas House scorecards.
This release covers N to R, from Victoria Neave Criado to Jon Rosenthal
Full details on how each Rep voted on all 50 items will be available on in the near future.
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Victoria Neave Criado (HD107) earned an "A" rating
With 50 tracked votes taken, she voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 47 times
That's 94%
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Candy Noble (HD89) earned an "F" rating
With 50 tracked votes taken, she voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 8 times
That's 16%
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Batch six of Texas House scorecards. This release covers L to M, from Suleman Lalani to Andrew Murr
Full details on how each Rep voted on all 50 items will be available on in the near future.
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Suleman Lanani (HD76) earned an "A" rating
With 47 tracked votes taken, he voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 44 times
That's 94%
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Stan Lambert (HD71) earned an "F" rating
With 47 tracked votes taken, he voted against Christian nationalism and for a more inclusive Texas 11 times
That's 23%
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🧵The #txlege House is technically in session since our Sine Die resolution needs Senate concurrence, which has not occurred. Since we failed to pass a serious border security bill or return most of the surplus to Texans through property tax cuts, we should get back to work. 1/x Image
In addition to those failures, my constituents are justifiably furious that the House prioritized impeaching the Attorney General and growing government more than ever in our state’s history instead of... 2/x #txlege
...putting us on a path to eliminate property taxes, banning COVID vaccine mandates, empowering parents with education freedom, reining in executive emergency powers, ending taxpayer funded lobbying, protecting the grid, refocusing energy market on reliable sources,.. 3/x #txlege
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Breaking: Texas Senate approves plans to convene as a court of impeachment against Paxton no later than Aug. 28 #txlege
The Senate forms a seven-member committee to issues recommendation to the full chamber on rules of procedure for the trial. The committee will present its recommendations on June 20. #txlege
The committee is named:

Birdwell (chair)
Hinojosa (vice chair)
West #txlege
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For those bemoaning the "unfair" @KenPaxtonTX #impeachment process, here's all the TX Constitution says about the House's role in impeaching statewide officials:

ART XV SEC 1: "The power of impeachment shall be vested in the House of Representatives."

That's it.

TX Constitution on the #impeachment trial in the Senate:

ART XV SEC: 3. "When the senate is sitting as a Court of Impeachment, the senators shall be on oath, or affirmation, impartially to try the party impeached . . . (cont'd)
and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the senators present."

There need to be 20 or 21 votes for conviction in the Senate to remove @KenPaxtonTX from office. # changes depending on whether his wife &State Sen. @AngelaPaxtonTX recuses herself.
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Breaking: Texas House votes to impeach @KenPaxtonTX, 121-23 #txlege
2 present not voting
.@DadePhelan was among those who voted for it (speakers rarely participate in votes) #txlege
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‼️‼️‼️ Rep. Charlie Geren, a member of the House investigative committee, just said Ken Paxton called "several" Texas House members and threatened them if they voted for his impeachment. #Txlege

Live updates here:…
GEREN: “I would like to point out that several members of this House, while on the floor of this House, doing the state business received telephone calls from general Paxton personally, threatening them with political consequences in their next election." #txlege
Rep. David Spiller praises Ken Paxton's legal mind, but says he "violated" his oath. "No one person should be above the law. Least not the top law enforcement officer of the state of Texas...We should not be complicit in allowing that behavior. We should not ignore it." #txlege
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We’re off. The House clerk is reading all 20 articles of impeachment in full to a tense chamber and a packed gallery.
Follow along here and @KXAN_News #txlege
History. Image
What are the charges?
How does impeachment work?
What happens next?

Everything you need to know to get caught up is right here.…
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HAPPENING NOW: The Texas House has adopted the resolution laying out the rules for the debate on impeachment vote. Debate on the resolution to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton shall not exceed four hours. #txlege Image
Rep. Andrew Murr, the chairman of the House General Investigating Committee, is laying out the resolution to impeach. Here we go. Image
As a reminder, Murr's resolution include the 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton.

They include constitutional bribery, dereliction of duty, disregard of official duty, and obstruction of justice.…
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The Texas House is gaveled in to consider HR 2377, the articles of impeachment against @KenPaxtonTX.

The gallery is full. #txlege Image
Rules: No more than 4 hours of debate. GI Committee will have 40 minutes for opening and 20 minutes for closing statements. The rest of the time will be evenly apportioned between those for and those against the resolution. Image
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House gavels in and is immediately taking up Paxton impeachment #txlege
Rules of debate adopted, Phelan issues decorum warming to gallery, and articles are being read #txlege
Smithee asks questions, including whether members will vote on individual articles. Phelan says no, they’ll vote on all 20 articles at once. #txlege
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The Texas House will soon take a vote on whether to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton. The gallery is full. The debate is capped at four hours, evenly divided by opponents and proponents. #txlege Image
House General Investigating Committee Chair and state Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, is introducing the resolution containing the articles of impeachment now.

The 20 articles are being read aloud to members.
State Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, asking if the House will be asked to vote on the articles separately or as a whole.

Speaker says all of them together, as they're part of one resolution.
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