, Senior Counsel in Locke Lord’s Austin office, was quoted by Law360 on electricity conservation incentives taken by Texas utility regulators after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a pair of conservation pleas as electricity demand threatened to outpace available supply amid Texas’ heat wave-induced supply crunches. While the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) recently approved a proposal to immediately increase annual funding for the state's Emergency Response Service program, PUCT and ERCOT can't afford to delay any long-term changes as climate change makes extreme weather events more common, Collier-Brown noted.
"You have to build more capacity and reduce demand," said Collier-Brown. "As this becomes more of a normal summer environment — it's going to keep getting hotter — those are the two things they've got to work on."
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