Debating the future of Texas electricity in Dallas

Nov 15, 2013, 12:17pm CST


Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal

Nobody wants power outages or rolling blackouts. It’s whether Texans should have a new charge on their electric bills to spark new generation construction that’s caused so much debate in Austin and throughout the state.

Electricity generators say Texas needs to switch to a capacity market where they get paid not only for the energy they produce but for their total available capacity.

It’s called a capacity market and it’s already in place in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.

But will it work in Texas?

The divisive issue has been front and center at the Texas Public Utility Commission, which could make a decision early next year. Commissioner Ken Anderson has made it clear he opposes the move while Chairwoman Donna Nelson says she fully supports it. Newly appointed Commissioner Brandy Marty hasn't come out on either side, but has recently indicated she would side with Nelson.!