1801, 1843--47 (2012) (discussing CREZ
projects and uniqueness of Texas).
310) See supra notes 224 (discussing resource adequacy proceedings in Texas), 280 (discussing the financing of CREZ
transmission lines), and accompanying text.
Unlike deregulation in California, which led to a near-collapse of the grid and a series of major blackouts in 2000 and 2001, the policy in Texas has mostly worked as planned, thanks to efficient grid operations and the abundance of transmission lines in the CREZ
Ending the CREZ
program would mean that the Public Utility Commission, the state's energy regulator, would lose some authority to approve large transmission line projects - power the Legislature gave that panel to more quickly complete the $7 billion project.
Mark Dreyfus, Texas CREZ
Policy and Transmission Expansion Update 5 (Dec.
customel_dataPageID_1699=8060 (commenting upon development of CREZ
dispatchable along the CREZ
transmission lines at any time of day.
The PUC began by studying the areas of the state with the most promising wind resources (each one a competitive renewable energy zone, or CREZ
) and introduced CREZ
proceedings in December 2006.
project was initiated by the Texas legislature in 2005 to help create a competitive market for wind energy in Texas primarily by bringing power to more densely populated areas where transmission lines did not previously exist.
That's when transmission services providers expect to energize the last power lines built under the state's $7 billion Competitive Renewable Energy Zone, or CREZ
, initiative - the long-running effort to connect windy West Texas to the state's biggest energy-thirsty cities.
The project is one of the first to feed into the new CREZ
(Competitive Renewable Energy Zones) transmission infrastructure which enables access to the strong renewable resources of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle and delivery of the wind energy resource to the high electricity demand areas in the state.
By the end of December, developers expect to flip the switch on the final electrical transmission projects built under the state's Competitive Renewable Energy Zone, or CREZ
, initiative - the yearslong effort to connect windy, largely secluded West Texas to growing cities that demand more power.