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Could CHP, rooftop solar and electric vehicles help power the Texas electric grid?

By District Energy posted 04-27-2022 05:09




The people in charge of regulating the Texas electricity grid want ideas on how the state system can utilize smaller, even personal, energy resources such as rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicles.

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) will consider distributed energy resources (DERs) when laying out future plans.

"Distributed generation refers to a variety of technologies that generate electricity at or near where it will be used, such as solar panels and combined heat and power," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website shows.

The PUC is redesigning the electric market in Texas. 

A deadly winter storm in February 2021 crippled the State's largest electric grid. Homes lost power as temperatures plunged into single digits. Some of those outages lasted nearly a week. The state grid was minutes away from total blackout.

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