Energy & Environment

ERCOT Hires Interim CEO And President As Major Grid Reforms Stall In Legislature

Posted on · ERCOT doesn’t have the power to mandate major changes. That’s the job of the Public Utility Commission (PUC), which oversees ERCOT and regulates the grid, as well as the Railroad Commission, which regulates the natural gas sector. The Texas legislature oversees all of the organizations, and its efforts to mandate weatherization have stalled.

Energy & Environment

Public Utility Commission Decision May Enable Largest Electricity Providers In Texas To Become More Powerful

Posted on · The PUC decision could allow two companies that already hold more than 70% of the market share to scoop up even more consumers, which experts worry will stifle competition and raise prices for everyone in the unregulated market in the long term.

Energy & Environment

‘This Is How We Defend Ourselves’ — Harris County Residents Install DIY Pollution Monitoring Network

Posted on · The Houston Ship Channel is the petrochemical capital of the country, but in one city, the state's environmental agency only has one air monitor. So, a group of clean-air advocates in east Harris County are taking matters into their own hands.

Podcasts

Coming Soon: Fire Triangle

Posted on · Part 1 of Fire Triangle drops on January 24, the one-year mark of a toxic explosion in a Houston neighborhood that killed three fathers, injured dozens and tore apart hundreds of homes as residents slept in their beds. Subscribe to this podcast feed to hear it as soon as it comes out.