Utility Dive: ERCOT weathers steamy August, but could Texas become a winter-peaking system?

Shifting from gas to electricity for winter heating “would result in increased winter electricity demand peaks,” the report found. “When combined with the reduction in summer peak demand, the increase in winter peak demand would flip Texas from a ‘summer peaking’ to a ‘winter peaking’ system.”

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E&E News: Blackouts are on the rise. So Austin is making a ‘microgrid’

Scott Hinson is the chief technology officer for Pecan Street Inc., a nonprofit research organization that focuses on ways to spread solar power to reduce the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation. Pecan Street is located in the Mueller neighborhood and has organized some volunteer homeowners to participate in the blackout experiment. It might expose them to infrequent losses of power.

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Pecan Street Whitepaper Examines Emission and Grid Impact of All-Electric Residential Heating in Texas

A study commissioned by Pecan Street Inc. examining the possibility of converting single-family residential heating in the ERCOT service area from natural gas to electric power concluded that the state could achieve significant reductions in climate and local air pollution and save Texans money through lower monthly utility bills.

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Dataport update brings new URL, new UI and new Data

By Grant Fisher, chief information officer, Pecan Street

Thanks to feedback and requests from users like you and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Dataport is now better than ever. Most importantly, the Dataport website has moved to dataport.pecanstreet.org. In addition, the redesigned site features a more user-friendly interface that makes it easier to find and use the data you need.

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