Electric Reliability Council of Texas
[Dallas News] Texas’ power grid operator said Monday that a federal plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions would raise wholesale electricity rates as much as 20 percent.
It also could affect power reliability by forcing coal plant shutdowns.
In an analysis released Monday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said the timing and scale of the proposed reductions raise serious concerns.
ERCOT said about half of Texas’ coal-burning capacity might face retirement under the plan. The semi-independent state agency, which manages most of the state’s power network, also noted the challenges of integrating new wind and solar power into the state’s grid.
Fast-tracking the changes “will require major improvements to ERCOT’s transmission system, posing significant costs not considered in EPA’s Regulatory Impact Analysis,” the report said…