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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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Texas Power Challenge

Reliable Electricity is Vital to Texas Economy


Long-term growth of retail electricity sales in Texas trends upward as the economy and population surge. Electricity growth is tempered by more energy efficient appliances, homes and consumer behavior.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Energy Information Administration

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Texas Power Challenge

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The utilities, transmission companies and power generators that serve electricity to every part of Texas are facing many challenges to remain affordable, competitive and reliable.

But these challenges must be met to sustain the manufacturing and industrial industries that form the backbone of our economy, as well as to meet our peak summer air conditioning needs. Strong population and economic growth have caused electricity consumption in Texas to increase by 128 Million megawatt-hours since 1990, more than one-eighth of the entire U.S. Electricity sales growth.

The look of the electricity sector has changed: renewable and natural gas resources have been added to meet environmental standards and generation policies. And utilities offering energy efficiency programs, as well as policies that urge energy-saving behavior, have tempered the growth in electricity consumption even as the Texas population increases.

Read the full report to see why reliable electricity is vital to Texas; why policymakers, regulators and industry must focus on providing affordable power to Texans; and the financial, technological and planning challenges that lie ahead.

Report published: Sept. 23, 2014

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