Fast-growing energy demand in West Texas’ Permian Basin is developing challenges for wires and generation initiatives, business officials mentioned Wednesday, however, grid planners, regulators, and trade officers are working to hasten planning and construction, which may reduce massive power congestion prices in the area.
During a Gulf Coast Energy Association panel dialogue, Stephen Robertson, Permian Basin Petroleum Association executive VP, stated that the Permian Basin, where the first oil well was made in 1920, is now producing five times as much oil and fuel as it did a ten years ago.
On Tuesday, DeAnn Walker, who holds the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said that in her talks with oil and gas producers in West Texas and the transmission and distribution utilities that serve the area, “it turned very apparent to me that the two industries don’t match up” in terms of the schedules needed to complete their work. Oil and gas project calls for move way more quickly than energy projects, she said.
Ellen Buck, VP for business and operations services at Oncor, Texas’ largest transmission and distribution utility, said the most significant challenge is “the distinction in timing between oil and gas improvement and transmission development.”
ERCOT is taking efforts to shorten the process, eliminating studies that don’t need to be executed more than once and “being more inventive in the load forecasting.”