Sweeping legislation to overhaul state’s electricity market in response to winter storm heads to Texas House after Senate’s unanimous approval
The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously approved a sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s electricity industry and infrastructure, including mandating that power plants prepare for extreme weather and outlawing risky indexed retail electric plans. Senate Bill 3, filed by Republican state Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, now heads to the Texas House where its prospects are uncertain. Experts say the process of retrofitting the state’s power plants for winter could be difficult and costly, but not impossible, depending on the types of upgrades eventually mandated by regulators. Known as TERC, the board coordinates state energy regulators, electricity generators and the natural gas fuel industry to ensure reliable gas distribution for electricity. The PUC regulates the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s main power grid.
‘We are out of the worst of it,’: CPS Energy CEO says outages nearly resolved, working to slow billing system
SAN ANTONIO – Power has been restored to even more San Antonians overnight and the outage situation is nearly resolved following this week’s devastating winter storm. CPS Energy CEO Paula Gold-Williams said Saturday morning during a briefing that the remaining outages are very low and are not related to the winter weather, but rather are due to equipment failure or other issues. Gold-Williams said the energy company is also looking to help customers with their next bill, as concerns have arisen about a potential spike following this week’s weather crisis. Going forward, Gold-Williams apologized profusely during Saturday’s briefing on behalf of the power company following the winter weather crisis. RELATED: ‘We’re coming out of this’: CPS Energy chief says customers seeing relief, but repairs have been challenging
Power claims another pole at Indy, Dixon's woes continue
INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power will start from the pole Saturday at Indianapolis after posting the fastest lap in morning qualifying. It's his fifth pole this season and the 61st career pole, which is second all-time behind Mario Andretti (67). “We made a lot of changes last night," Power said, explaining he was not satisfied with Friday's car. And when Newgarden won Friday's race , with Dixon finishing ninth, the lead was trimmed to 40 points with two races remaining. “It will take more horsepower we'll use more in these conditions, where as in July it would have been easy to do a two-stop race," Power said.