Laney, Pete and Bobby Gierisch 2011-03-30

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Pete Laney and Bobby Gierisch discuss the deregulation of the Texas electric utility industry. They delve into the CREZ lines, examining complications with transmission, impacts on the consumer, and those who originally supported the lines. They also talk about the complications with energy storage and impacts of wind power on rural communities.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Pete Laney and Bobby Gierisch

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: March 30, 2011

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: Andy Wilkinson

Length: 01:31:13 (one hour, 31 minutes)


Introduction to interview project; Subsidies and effect on electric utilities/wind industry; Electric Deregulation; Regulated utilities and over-earnings; Pat Woods; Texas splitting into PUC and ERCOT, deregulation; Steven Wolens and disconnection to ERCOT; Interconnection and FERC regulations; CREZ lines and changes in power distribution, ERCOT; Legislative utility wars and public interest; Interconnection transmission lines, single grid; ACDC discussion and storage; CREZ lines impetus, importance for public; CREZ line property disputes; The future of wind energy as export commodity; Wind rights and land ownership complications; Wrapping up, CREZ lines, permanency of wind power

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio cd available in reading room

Transcript: found here:

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