FORT WORTH, Texas – The electric distribution grid operator for most of Texas says a federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide is infeasible for Texas because it would jeopardize power reliability in Texas and raise costs for consumers.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says in a Monday report that compliance could require retiring half of the state’s coal power plants. A greater part of the energy mix would come from more expensive and less reliable resources like natural gas, solar and wind. ERCOT says the state would have to invest billions in transmission lines, costs that would be passed onto consumers.
Under the plan unveiled in June, Texas must reduce emissions by 39 percent by 2030.
ERCOT planner Warren Lasher says the state is “a good distance away” from implementation.
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