GridNEXT Recap: Texas Stakes Its Claim on Clean Energy

Amazing things can happen when you bring 150 or so like-minded individuals into a gridlocked Houston hotel with no reason to go outside to commute anywhere. You listen to each other, stop to think, and try to imagine a future where anything is possible.

At the GridNEXT conference, hosted by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA), we explored gridlock issues of another sort – energy transmission planning in Texas, where we’re known for high wind penetration and slow but growing solar adoption – all via an independent grid where consumers in deregulated areas have the power to choose their electricity providers. In many ways, Texas is the perfect laboratory for all forms of renewable development, and our experience here can be instructive to other early-stage renewable states.