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Texas Power Pool

The Texas Power Pool is a comprehensive electricity purchasing aggregation with access to wholesale renewable power, with optional add-ons for on-site solar energy and demand response to achieve historically low energy costs with no construction outlays. This electricity purchasing option is offered through services under Texas SmartBuy Contract 961-M2 awarded by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Statewide Procurement Division to Texas Energy Aggregation.

Eligible customers for the Texas Power Pool are municipal entities, school districts, utility districts, water authorities, state agencies, and universities in both competitive and non-competitive (deregulated and regulated) electricity regions of Texas.

The Texas Power Pool goals include:

  • Longer-term budget certainty to reduce risk and exposure to volatile energy markets
  • Lowest historical fixed electricity price under 3 cents per kWh utilizing:
    • statewide aggregated purchasing power
    • low fees and best practice, transparent, competitive price-bidding process
    • renewable power purchase agreements
  • Wind and solar installations on University and State-owned land to generate revenue for educational and State institutions
  • Return of tax dollars to Texas through Federal renewable energy tax credits before funds begin ramping down in 2020

Fees for using the Texas Power Pool are described in Texas SmartBuy Contract 961-M2.

Texas Power Pool can be used in concert with existing and future Retail Electricity Provider contracts as a cleaner, long-term hedge against volatility. To participate in the Texas Power Pool, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI)

  • Download, sign, and submit the LOI.
  • The LOI demonstrates an interest to receive pool pricing. There is no obligation to accept any offer(s).

STEP 2: Submit a Letter of Authorization (LOA)

STEP 3: Assess and Prioritize Opportunities

  • Participate in one of the informational Texas Energy Aggregation webinars.
  • Texas Energy Aggregation has experienced energy advocates available by phone, email or in person to help identify goals, challenges, current contract end date, and answer any questions about offerings.
  • Talk with others about Texas Power Pool. The more participation, the better the price for everyone.

STEP 4: Receive Competitive Prices

  • Texas Energy Aggregation will create and manage a competitive procurement for the aggregation, along with offers for any additional desired services such as demand response or on-site solar.
  • Bids received are non-binding. There is no obligation to contract with the service providers.
  • Review offers and consult with Texas Energy Aggregation regarding which options and strategies are best for the organization.

STEP 5: Execute Contracting Documents

  • Receive the appropriate contract for signature and deadline for inclusion into the pool.
  • Obtain all necessary legal review and authorization according to organization’s procurement rules before signing and returning documents.

Opportunities to Drive Down Energy Expenses

Aggregated Wholesale Power

A standardized block of new-build renewable energy and balancing grid power (natural gas, coal and nuclear) is designed to lock in historically low power prices for 15–20 years. Private, third parties seeking good credit and stability will build and maintain the off-site renewable energy systems at no out-of-pocket cost to the client. The ability to capture a 30 percent federal alternative energy tax credit (which is not available otherwise to public entities) is driving extremely competitive pricing for deals signed before the tax credits begin to decline in January of 2020. Contact your local city, county, and school district, as greater participation will drive costs down for your local taxpayers. Among the benefits:

  • immediate cost savings
  • reduced exposure to electricity market volatility
  • ability to integrate with existing and future retail electricity provider contracts
  • 150–200 MW of new-build solar and/or wind power
  • leasing revenue for public lands to support schools and universities

Eligible customers are AA-rated, or higher, Texas municipal entities, school districts and universities, as well as state-funded entities in competitive and non-competitive electricity regions of Texas.

On-site Services

Solar Energy

Behind-the-meter, on-site solar energy reduces escalating demand and delivery costs and can reduce energy costs, while also providing clean and resilient power to facilities. Each kWh generated on site is accompanied by zero delivery charges, and further reduces delivery costs by shaving your peak load. Solar arrays may be ground-mounted, rooftop or used as carport shade. On-site systems are both a visible commitment to saving energy costs for public institutions and a teaching tool for the classroom. Alternatively, Texas Energy Aggregation can work directly with a client’s local cooperative or municipal electricity company for added value and simplicity.

Demand-Response

Demand-response service provides revenue and cost savings through voluntary load shedding or dispatching backup generation during rare moments of over-demand on the grid. Demand-response can also fund the majority cost of new backup generation for added on-site energy resiliency. When combined with variable-price contracts, demand-response delivers added value by reducing on-site electricity consumption during times of the day and year when the demand charges are at their highest rates.

Eligible customers for the Texas Power Pool are municipal entities, school districts, state agencies and universities in both competitive and non-competitive electricity regions of Texas.

To learn more, contact Texas Energy Aggregation.