TCAP Current
Issue 48 | October 2018

Explosions, greenhouse gasses and wonky news about generation capacity — this month’s TCAP Current covers all three. But put on your thinking cap. As is often the case with Texas energy news, the details get tricky.

ERCOT Has "More than Sufficient" Reserves from Economic Perspective

The ERCOT energy market — like any wholesale energy market — needs a constant supply of reserve generating capacity to ensure it operates reliably. But how much reserve capacity? A system with too much may cost too much to operate. A system with too little runs the risk of blackouts. A new report takes on this important question head on.

Cities, States Work Toward Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Cities have emerged as a key force in reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to two new reports.

Dallas Morning News Releases Investigative Report on Atmos Explosions

The Dallas Morning News recently examined the Atmos Energy safety record in an ambitious two-part series.

TCAP Electric Deregulation Report Available in Print

Also, don’t forget that TCAP’s signature report, Deregulated Electricity in Texas: A Market Annual, is now available in print format. Organized chronologically, the updated 133-page book includes new analysis, pricing charts and more.


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