Robert “Bob” Webb Named 2015 GCPA Power Star Award Recipient, 2/17/2015
The Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Robert Webb as the 2015 recipient of the GCPA Pat Wood Power Star Award. This award is presented annually in recognition of the honoree’s significant contributions towards the advancement of competitive energy markets in Texas.
GCPA emPOWERing Women Conference: Institutional Challenges Persist in Effort to Recruit Women, 11/13/2014
When Susan Tomasky interviewed for her first position at American Electric Power Co., she encountered an unpleasant surprise. Tomasky, who retired from the Ohio utility in 2011 after 13 years of service, had just stepped onto the top floor of AEP's corporate headquarters and was excited to see a beautiful lobby and luxurious offices. But when she asked to use the women's restroom, she was escorted down a service corridor, past the copy machine and into a hidden section of the office. see more
Texas Legislature Passes New Energy Policy to Support Cogeneration , 5/29/2013
Concerns about power generation margins or resource adequacy and water shortages have lead Texas to a policy crossroads. Texas Combined Heat & Power Initiative (TXCHPI) salutes the Texas Legislature for passing House Bill (HB) 2049, by Texas Representative Dan Huberty (Dist. 127, Houston). The policy removes regulatory barriers and improves the business climate for cogeneration facilities in Texas. see more
Texas governor lets PUCT reauthorization bill become law, 5/28/2013
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on May 25 filed without his signature a bill reauthorizing the Public Utility Commission of Texas while creating a closer relationship between the utility regulators and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. at a time when the agencies are working together to resolve the Lone Star State's grid reliability issues.
In filing H.B. 1600 without his signature, Perry allowed the bill to become law. The governor issued a brief statement that did not delve into energy issues in the state but instead addressed the issue of transferring responsibility for regulating water and wastewater rates, services and certificates of public convenience and necessity from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the PUCT effective Sept. 1, 2014. see more
Federal Energy Policy – Is There One?, 5/6/2013
No matter how you look at it, the US does have a federal energy policy. You might ask what is it? Where is it? When did it get enacted into law? The answers to these questions may not be exactly clear. One thing is certain, a federal energy policy is like a tapestry woven together by court rulings, regulatory processes, executive orders, presidential appointments, congressional actions, congressional inactions, state and regional actions and more. A federal energy policy is complex. see more
Wind Power Credit Tied to Budget Deal, 1/1/2013
Senate and House negotiators have added a one-year extension of the federal tax credit for wind-power manufacturers to the tax-and-spending deal Monday that lawmakers hoped would keep the federal budget from going over the "fiscal cliff" of automatic higher taxes and spending cuts. see more