Gov. Perry: Texas Developing Power Sources to Meet Future Energy Needs

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – TAYLOR – Gov. Rick Perry today toured the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) facility and met with energy officials to discuss plans for meeting Texas’ rising demand for electricity. While the state’s business-friendly environment has encouraged investment that has led to sufficient generation and transmission capacity for the near term, Texas’ continued growth is likely to require expanded capacity in the years to come.

“Texas is dedicated to pursuing an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy creation, which includes expanding promising new technologies while continuing to develop traditional sources,” Gov. Perry said. “I will continue working with officials at the Public Utility Commission and ERCOT to ensure we are utilizing all our available energy options. That’s the only way we can assure Texans an adequate supply of electricity to power their homes, schools and businesses in the months and years to come.”

Recent ERCOT projections indicate that, based on current weather expectations, Texas has the capacity to meet consumer needs over the 2012 summer months.

Texas electricity is cheaper today than it was in 2001, thanks to competition and deregulation of the markets.

ERCOT manages the power grid for the state, overseeing 40,500 miles of transmission lines connecting consumers with more than 550 generation units in the state. ERCOT is a nonprofit organization overseen by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature.

For more information on projections for the summer, please visit Also be sure to follow ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) and the PUC of Texas (@PUCTX) on Twitter for their updates.


  1. I have been involved in the energy markets for over 30 years. That’s why I have suggested to my friends that they follow my lead and buy a portable generator.

  2. Radman, you’ve posted in times past that you live in the People’s Republic of Austin. Maybe that’s why you don’t have competition in energy prices. Socialists and communists don’t like free-market competition.

  3. “Texas electricity is cheaper today than it was in 2001, thanks to competition and deregulation of the markets.” NOT WHERE I LIVE! Now, if we could just get some competition via at least one other electricity supplier in the Austin market, prices would definitely drop. But NOOOOOO!

  4. Don’t worry about Perry, We all have a lot more pressing issue to worry about. Obama just signed an executive order yesterday that puts into place Marshal law without declaring it as such. It takes over all our power, our oil and gas, all resources including water and food on our farms. Here is the link to the Whitehouse web site executive order.

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