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Will Houston Have Enough Electricity in the Future?

With the dramatic population growth of recent years in Greater Houston comes the need to update and expand services ranging from public transportation to clean water to electricity. Does Greater Houston have enough electricity to meet growing demand? If not, how might we meet that demand in an economically viable way? One approach is the […]

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With the dramatic population growth of recent years in Greater Houston comes the need to update and expand services ranging from public transportation to clean water to electricity. Does Greater Houston have enough electricity to meet growing demand? If not, how might we meet that demand in an economically viable way?

One approach is the Houston Import Project. At a cost of nearly $600 million, the Houston Import Project would use new and upgraded transmission lines to carry electricity from Dallas to Houston. Advocates say it ensures necessary electricity access for Houston. Critics argue the transmission lines are based on flawed analysis and won't deliver enough of a benefit to justify the cost. And Houston’s two main suppliers of electricity, NRG and Calpine Corporation, filed suit this month to stop construction of the project.

We discuss what's at stake with Ed Hirs, an energy economist at the University of Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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