With Brandy Marty appointed by Gov. Perry to fill the vacant seat on the Public Utility Commission, Texas’ governing body for electricity, the agency has a chance to end its six-month stalemate and solve the state’s electric resource adequacy dilemma. For many months, Texas’ best thinkers have been weighing solutions to the state’s long-standing “energy crunch.” Now, the time to act has come. There is a looming crisis in our electricity system and there is no time for delay. The incoming commissioner has a unique opportunity to push new rules that will modernize Texas’ power grid, cut costs to customers, reduce pollution and, most pressingly, keep the lights on in Texas.
If the PUC doesn’t fix our dysfunctional electricity market, Texas’ grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas predicts an electricity shortage — making a major blackout all too likely.
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Marston is director of the Texas office of the Environmental Defense Fundjmarston@edf.org.