A lot going on today/this week on storm response. A quick 🧵 on what to look for this week:

#txlege #txenergy
Today on the House floor, #HB2000 by Huberty to create the State Utilities Reliability Fund, a loan/grant fund for weatherization of infrastructure, will likely come up. It was scheduled for last week but postponed. Huberty was arrested last Friday and was absent. Now he's back.
At 3CT, ERCOT and the PUCT will hold a Summer Preparedness Workshop. We could see very tight conditions and possibly outages this summer if extreme heat and drought occur.

See this from @erinmdouglas23 @MitchellFerman
texastribune.org/2021/04/15/tex… #txlege
Senate Business & Commerce will hear #SB1479 allowing distributed energy resources (solar, #demandresponse #storage) to participate in the #ERCOT market, and #SB2227 a new #securitization bill.

Perhaps the most consequential storm response bill, #SB3, will be heard Thurs in State Affairs with a bunch of other important #txenergy bills. SB3 contains gas and power weatherization and a section designed to raise costs for #renewables and consumers.
This morning, Senate Jurisprudence heard grid reform bills #HB10 #HB11 #HB12 and #HB13. Great rundown of the hearing by @CFloresNews of @cbsaustin

#HB17 is on Senate intent + #HB1501, a similar bill, is in Calendars. They would ban cities from promoting all-electric homes. @bstorrow got ahold of leaked industry docs which show gas industry discussing possibly "taking advantage of power outage fear."

There's a lot more going on but those are a few highlights. If you're tracking other storm response and or #txenergy or #txclimate policy matters, please respond to this tweet. Thanks

#txlege #TexasFreeze

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12 Mar
The @PUCTX meets @ 9:30CT today. The 1 Cmsr left is feeling lonely after a rough Senate hearing yesterday.

I'll post a link to agenda and video below but also want to focus on the need for the PUC and other agencies in TX to work with the public.

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#txlege #txenergy
The video will be here at 9:30CT and the agenda is there, too.

In @PUCTX proceedings, interested parties file comments. In Texas, #txlege set it up many years ago that anyone can file comments. In many states, you must have a lawyer. Not here
To view the comments, go to this site and enter the control number shown in the agenda:


For example, for the filing by the Independent Market Monitor discussed so vigorously in both House and Senate yesterday, enter 51812 where it says control number
Read 27 tweets
11 Mar
The independent market monitor now testifying in the Senate. ERCOT's Magness and PUCT's Chair D'Andrea next.

The IMM, Bivins, testifying the $16b was NOT wrong, contradicting testimony in the House this morning.

More to come...


#txlege #TexasBlackout
@NathanForTexas asks for clarification on the $16b. Is that a real number?

It's an "economic number," but $5b is the real number, is what I think Bivins said.

To say that's unclear would probably be an understatement.
The filing Bivins is referring to, the Independent Market Monitor's latest official position on the $3b vs. $5b vs. $16b is here: interchange.puc.texas.gov/Documents/5181…

All filings related to these topics are here:


#txlege #txenergy #energytwitter
Read 5 tweets
11 Mar
I'll tweet this morning on the Tx House State Affairs hearing starting now. You can watch here:
house.texas.gov/video-audio/ #txlege #txenergy

Also US Senate Energy Cmte has a hearing at 9CT on enegy resiliency, esp interested to hear @patwood3 energy.senate.gov/hearings/2021/…

They'll hear from @PUCTX Chair D'Andrea and undoubtedly have lots of questions about the $16b in charges to customer facing retailers, munis, and co-ops Feb. 18-19 that have been the source of much contention lately. Great coverage by @James_Barragan here: dallasnews.com/news/politics/…
They're taking up bills first. List is here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/sc…
Read 52 tweets
10 Mar
Check out this discussion with two #txlege leaders to hear what they're thinking about solutions for dealing with future extreme weather (aka #climatechange).

@evanasmith always asks good questions. Tune in now!

#txlege #txenergy #TexasBlackout
@GoldmanCraig, asked why the #TexasBlackout happened, said all sources of power had failures: coal piles froze, one of the two nuclear plants froze, wind turbines froze, gas pipelines froze, and solar panels had snow.

#txlege #txenergy #ttevents
@Menendez4Texas agrees and says he heard testimony that even if we had more gas plants, it wouldn't have mattered because you couldn't get gas to the plants.

#txlege #ttevents #txenergy
Read 21 tweets
25 Feb
Great article from @James_Barragan with @DallasNewsGuild. A few takeaways as hearings start:

@cohan_ds called this an "energy system failure" not merely electric system. Important bc methane gas regulators must be part of the solution. #txlege #txenergy

2/ Alison Silverstein, former PUCT and FERC staffer and true expert on these issues (Commitees: call her!) said “This industry has been treating weather events as if they’re high-impact, low-frequency. In my view, extreme weather events are [now] high-impact, medium-frequency.”
3/ On #climatechange, I said: “We’ve got to embrace the science and get smarter about how we deal with climate change. It’s hard for people. It’s hard for me to say it, but it is going to get worse and people need to understand this.”
Read 6 tweets
25 Feb
Hey #energytwitter, if you want to tune in to the Senate and House hearings on the #TexasBlackout, links are in next tweet. I'll tweet on it throughout the day on this thread.

Please tweet using #txlege and #txenergy, esp. if you have relevent info that could help going forward
Joint hearing House Energy Resources and State Affairs house.texas.gov/video-audio/

Senate Business & Commerce
First witness in Senate is Bob Rose, meteorologist with @LCRA #txlege #txenergy
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