DID YOU KNOW? The population of our state is likely to increase by 71.5% between the years 2000 and 2040.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid planner, identified and confirmed a critical need for an additional “electric” transmission line into the Houston area by mid-2018. The two driving factors that contribute to this need are demand and growth. Demand will exceed supply by 2018 and with limited commitments for new generation planned, transmission must be constructed to provide additional capacity. Without action, the reliability of power supply may be lost in the future. We need to invest in a grid for the future to ensure power for the next generation. The time is now.
Responding to Demand
Population growth for Texas is a good thing. We have created a culture that promotes livability, fosters economic expansion, and provides an opportunity for prosperity. However, the people moving to Texas daily are not bringing the infrastructure and services needed to support the growth.
Planning for Growth
Texas' population growth is one of the fastest in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 400,000 people moved to Texas from July of 2015 to July of 2016. Five of the ten fastest growing cities in the nation are found in our state (Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, & Fort Worth).
Planning for Reliability
Texas has a thriving, robust power infrastructure. There is good reason for that investment; we are also home to the 11th largest economy in the world. Large and complex economies need reliable electricity to survive and thrive.