Texas energy crunch

Texans are key to keeping the lights on in the Lone Star State

The integration of customer-side resources, such as rooftop solar panels and demand response, is one solution that will lessen Texas’ Energy Crunch

The integration of customer-side resources, such as rooftop solar panels and demand response, is one solution that will lessen Texas’ Energy Crunch.

What exactly is an energy crunch? The need for energy service continues to grow in the Lone Star state, spurred on by scorching temperatures and a record drought. Meanwhile economic headwinds coupled with those same environmental extremes make it harder for conventional energy supplies to meet our needs.

We can’t solve this problem with the same thinking that got us here; technology has changed and our lives and our energy industry in many ways over the past few years alone. It’s crucial that we take action now to preserve our electric grid, the engine of the Texas economy, over the long-term as we face a shrinking water supply, a growing population, and rising summer temperatures. The ongoing drought puts Texas' power plants at risk, threatening a return of the rolling blackouts caused by extreme winter conditions from 2011. The solutions are out there in the form of demand side resources like demand response (DR) initiatives, energy efficiency programs and solar and wind power, all of which consume almost no water and can be built far more quickly than gas and coal plants.

The state of the energy crunch in Texas

A new EDF report provides an overview of Texas’ energy issues and details legislation currently being considered by several committees that will help meet future energy needs while providing direct benefits to customers and reducing water usage.

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