LP&L move to ERCOT could pave the way for green energy - FOX34 Lubbock

LP&L move to ERCOT could pave the way for green energy

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Lubbock Power and Light's proposed move to ERCOT could make way for more green energy and environmental protection.

Texas Tech political scientist Robert Forbis said the Energy Reliability Council of Texas's portfolio includes a lot more alternative energy sources than most other providers.

The council's business plan allows consumers to choose different providers within ERCOT, so if you're in a high density area you could get up to 300 different choices.

Forbis said a recent study suggests a vast majority of Lubbock citizens want green energy, but getting it is going to be tricky.

"The current grid could handle it, but it's going to take some finessing," he said. "Those problematic surges that we have with wind, as well as hydro or any other resource for that matter: if you turn the volume up too loud, then it's too loud and your ears can't handle it and the line can't handle it."

Forbis said his department will expand a study into whether consumers want renewable energy nationwide.

He said that will help steer policy making when it comes to energy, including the government's investments away from fossil fuels.

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