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AECT Statement Regarding State Water Plan Legislation

AECT statement on Chairman Allan Ritter’s filing of House Bill 4 and House Bill 11 on State Water Plan funding from John W. Fainter, President and CEO of Electric Companies of Texas:

“The Association of Electric Companies of Texas fully supports Chairman Ritter’s legislation, which proposes a means for funding the State Water Plan.

“This represents a significant step toward helping the state of Texas meet the demand for one of our most precious natural resources. As our state continues to grow, so will the demand for water. House leadership, the Chairman and his staff should be commended for taking an aggressive approach to helping solve our water supply challenges, and for their hard work to preserve access to this vital resource.

“The Chairman’s proposed water plan outlines the steps we need to take to ensure the future growth of Texas.”

EPA data: NO2 and SO2 emissions decreasing rapidly

Based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency, total emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide have fallen substantially since 1980. But what’s especially telling is that those total emissions plummeted between 2008 and 2010, showing a far larger decrease.

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In addition to the long-term decreases in these emissions, this data also shows that NOx emissions fell by 20% between 2008 and 2010, while SO2 emissions fell by 30% over the same period. This is partially due to lessened energy usage during times of limited economic growth nationwide, but electric generators have also made billions of dollars in investment nationwide to reduce emissions.

Electricity 101: January 2012 Update

For 2012, we’ve updated Electricity 101, our comprehensive overview of the electric markets in the state. It includes updated information on the wholesale market, retail market, transmission and distribution activities and growth in renewable generation. It also includes a helpful overview of the legislative history that created competition in ERCOT, plus explanations of the differences between regions.

The presentation is shown after the jump, but you can always find the latest version of Electricity 101 by clicking the tab above.

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John Fainter in the Statesman: Challenges for reliable power ahead in region

“Texas’ ongoing drought — and despite rains, it continues — has put terrific pressure on many aspects of our economy, not the least of which is the electric power industry. The challenge is unprecedented for an industry that has been one of the most reliable parts of the state’s economy for decades.

“The most immediate concern is whether dwindling water supplies will hurt electric generators’ ability to produce the power we need. Texas continues to add homes, hospitals, factories and offices statewide, not to mention other energy-intensive services like irrigation, drinking water treatment and wastewater treatment.”

Click here to read the rest of AECT’s John Fainter in the Statesman.

AECT Testimony before the Senate Business & Commerce Committee

AECT Testimony before the Senate Business & Commerce Committee

Date: January 10th, 2012

Topic: Drought Impacts on Electric Generation

Charge: Assess the impact of current and anticipated drought conditions on electric generation capacity. Identify those regions of Texas that will be most affected by a lack of capacity. Analyze response plans and make recommendations to improve and expedite those plans.

Good morning to the Chairmen and members, my name is John Fainter. I am here on behalf of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas (AECT) to discuss the impact of current and anticipated drought conditions on electric generation capacity in Texas.

Electric generating companies use water in the cooling process for electricity generation. This water is most often obtained from man-made cooling reservoirs that were constructed for the purpose of providing cooling water to the electric generation. It is non-consumptive use because most of the water is used for cooling, then returned to the cooling reservoirs from which it was obtained.

Electric generating companies have built and developed reservoirs and water infrastructure across Texas and are among the largest private holders of water rights and water contracts in Texas. Generators have made substantial investments to secure water contracts and rights and groundwater resources in advance of actual use to ensure continued operation of existing electric generation units and to promote the development of new generation.

AECT member companies have an outstanding record of stewardship and compliance with water regulations, and routinely conduct rigorous biological monitoring tests at generating facilities. Our companies also practice sound water conservation, restore aquatic habitats, preserve ecosystems and enhance and create valuable wetlands. On many facilities electric generating companies provide public recreation opportunities and provide land for state parks.

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Wind Development in Texas: History and Future Growth

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Water and Electricity in Texas

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