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Official: Texas electric supply will be tight

Associated Press Modified: July 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm •  Published: July 10, 2012
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Sen. Leticia Van de Putte asked whether the reserve capacity should be set in law, rather than just be a goal, in order to prevent blackouts. Doggett said he would leave that to the Public Utility Commission, which has scheduled a workshop on July 27 to discuss reserve capacity.

"I will look to the commission to see if that should be an imposed minimum reserve or a target," he said. Doggett said ERCOT is constantly evolving its protocols to make sure the state's energy needs are met.

John Fainter, president of the Association of Electricity Companies of Texas, said flexible protocols that allow generators to develop new sources of electricity will help boot supply.

"We can deal with the problem and we are better off dealing with the problem in a way that remains flexible to deal with new technology," he said, adding that additional laws are unnecessary.