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Last week, GridWise Alliance released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI), a ranking of every state’s progress toward modernization of our nation’s electric system – and Texas impressively placed third. The Alliance, a leading smart grid coalition which includes Environmental Defense Fund, based its assessment on state policies, customer engagement, and investment in advancing grid operations.
As we move toward a smarter, more efficient electric system, Texas is emerging as a leader in grid modernization. And with three recent smart-grid grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative, the Lone Star State could climb to the top of the GMI list.
Since 2011, the DOE has awarded millions of dollars through the SunShot Initiative to a variety of public and private entities. The goal is to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade, meaning it would cost the same to get your power from solar as from more traditional sources like coal. In the short amount of time since the program began, the solar industry is already 70 percent of the way there.
As the sixth largest electricity consumer in the country, Texas could greatly contribute to reaching this goal, especially with recent DOE support given to projects run by Austin Energy, Pecan Street, and GeoCF:3 Ways Texas’ Grid is Getting Smarter Thanks to DOE’s SunShot Initiative
Congratulations to the three SunShot Initiative recipients, who will continue to pave the way toward grid modernization in Texas. These newly-invigorated projects and prototypes are changing the way we harness and use solar energy – ensuring Texas has a bright future and a smarter grid ahead. Next year, we just may be number one.
By Sarah Ryan
Originally Published on February 3, 2016
This article was written by Environmental Defense Fund Energy Exchange Blog from Breaking Energy and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.