The two CREZ lines that could be eliminated are the Gillespie (Fredericksburg area) to Newton (Lampasas County) and the Kendall (Comfort area) to Gillespie lines. These lines could impact Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, Llano, Burnet, Lampasas and San Saba counties. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of the state, has concluded that there are much lower cost alternatives than the lines.
The University of Texas School of Law is joining with the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium and the Sweetwater law firm of Steakley, Wetsel and Carmichael to organize the first-ever Wind Energy Institute on June 1-2 on the Sweetwater campus of Texas State Technical College West Texas.
According to Friday's Nuclear Market Review (NMR), many market participants were left stunned by the recent record jump in the weekly spot uranium price. The market has increasingly diverged between those who have U3O8 and those without. Utilities with existing supply contracts "are heaving a sigh of relief," NMR editor Treva Klingbiel wrote. And those trying to find uranium in today's climate "are forced to face the reality of a seller's market," she said.
A final decision on the route of an electric line intended to carry wind power from West Texas through the Hill Country took a tumble Friday after the state agency nixed the options before it.
The Public Utility Commission voted to send the route of the electric line, to be built and operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority, back to the drawing board.
The river authority had spent years homing in on nearly a dozen possible routes for the line.
"It's too early to know what will happen, so let's focus on this one and make it clear it can be integrated with others," said Jolly Hayden, vice president of transmission development for FPLE and president of Lone Star Transmission.
Until the Public Utilities Commission identifies the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones where wind energy can be best developed, there are a lot of questions about exactly where new wind farms will go up and what transmission system will be needed.
One of the nation's largest electricity utilities announced its first foray into wind generation Tuesday with the acquisition of Austin-based Tierra Energy.
Duke Energy Corp. said it has purchased more than 1,000 megawatts of wind projects being developed by Tierra, a small wind-energy outfit that employs six people in Austin. Duke acquired the company from Energy Investors Funds, which will retain two small natural-gas plants Tierra had owned. Tierra has no wind generation projects completed.