A Call to Action to Texas Renewable Energy Consumers and Investors

A Message from Jeff Clark, President of the Advanced Power Alliance: Dear Renewable Energy Investors, Developers, and Customers: Renewable energy is facing legislation that will negatively impact renewable energy investments in Texas. Disturbingly, these bills are not only prospective, affecting the future development of renewable generation in our state, but they also impose new andContinue reading “A Call to Action to Texas Renewable Energy Consumers and Investors”

New Interactive Website Shows Clean Energy’s Contributions to Rural Texas

Solar and wind projects help diversify local economies, creating new revenue for rural governments, school districts and landowners; but anti-economic development bills threaten that growth. Wind power, solar power, and energy storage projects are providing new economic opportunities for rural Texas counties, bringing needed diversification, economic development, job creation, and multi-generational revenue through a growingContinue reading “New Interactive Website Shows Clean Energy’s Contributions to Rural Texas”

Know Your Energy: Capacity vs. Capacity Factor vs. Forecasted Capacity

The terms are incorrectly used interchangeably to confuse policy discussions. APA believes that using the correct terminology around total capability, average performance, and expected delivery will help inform policy discussions and prevent policy changes that cost consumers. Some parties involved in energy policy discussions are deliberately confusing participants by talking about “generation capacity” instead ofContinue reading “Know Your Energy: Capacity vs. Capacity Factor vs. Forecasted Capacity”

APA Opposes Unwise Changes in ERCOT’s Ancillary Service Market

Texas SB 1278 and HB 4466 are Discriminatory in Nature and Do Not Reflect the Reality of the ERCOT Ancillary Services Market SB 1278 and HB 4466 seek to assign ERCOT Ancillary Services costs to wind and solar generation “to address reliability issues arising from the operation of intermittent wind and solar resources.” These bills are unnecessary, discriminatoryContinue reading “APA Opposes Unwise Changes in ERCOT’s Ancillary Service Market”

No “Free Rides” in ERCOT: Thermal and Renewable Generators on Equitable Footing in ERCOT Market

Despite rhetoric from commercial competitors, thermal and renewable generators are on equal and fair footing in the ERCOT market. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYFrom the beginning of the February 2021 extreme winter event in Texas that resulted in blackouts and billions of dollars in damages, some interest groups began spreading misinformation about renewable energy, stating that thermal resourcesContinue reading “No “Free Rides” in ERCOT: Thermal and Renewable Generators on Equitable Footing in ERCOT Market”

Duke Energy Renewables Announces Commercial Operation of its Largest Windpower Project – 350-MW Frontier II in Oklahoma

AT&T and Ball Corporation invest in wind energy produced by the project New project is expansion of 200-MW Frontier Windpower project, operational since 2016  Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), today announced the commercial operation of the largest windpower project in its fleet – the 350-megawatt (MW) Frontier Windpower IIContinue reading “Duke Energy Renewables Announces Commercial Operation of its Largest Windpower Project – 350-MW Frontier II in Oklahoma”

Wind Was There: Texas Windpower Delivered During ERCOT’s Winter Weather Event

Wind turbines are designed to operate over a wide range of temperatures. When faced with extreme winter weather, wind turbines that are optimized for operations in hot climates, such as Texas, can experience outages, just like other forms electric power generation.  Like every other generation resource during the February 2021 extreme winter weather event (aContinue reading “Wind Was There: Texas Windpower Delivered During ERCOT’s Winter Weather Event”

APA Releases Transmission Study: Least-Cost Optimal Expansion of the ERCOT Grid

The Advanced Power Alliance today released a new study titled, “Least-Cost Optimal Expansion of the ERCOT Grid“, researched and published by the research team at IdeaSmiths, LLC. This analysis built and utilized a generation capacity expansion model of the ERCOT power grid to assess how the transmission system would need to evolve to deliver theContinue reading “APA Releases Transmission Study: Least-Cost Optimal Expansion of the ERCOT Grid”

ERCOT Report Shows Increasing Reserves in Coming Years

Accelerated utility-scale solar growth boosts reserve margins. New generation resources, including a significant amount of utility-scale solar, continue to be added to the ERCOT region at a rapid pace, resulting in higher planning reserve margins over the next several years. ERCOT today released its December Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) Report, which includes planning reserve marginsContinue reading “ERCOT Report Shows Increasing Reserves in Coming Years”

Ørsted Takes Final Investment Decision on Old 300 Solar Center, a 430MWAC Solar PV Project Located Near Houston

Ørsted has taken final investment decision on the Old 300 Solar Center, which is located in Fort Bend County, 40 miles from Houston, Texas, and is expected to come online in Q2 2022.  Over the past year, Ørsted has significantly increased its solar portfolio and with the addition of Old 300, now has 1.1 GWContinue reading “Ørsted Takes Final Investment Decision on Old 300 Solar Center, a 430MWAC Solar PV Project Located Near Houston”