West Texas oil, gas growth means more...

West Texas oil, gas growth means more electricity needed

There are 2 comments on the The Virginian-Pilot story from Apr 6, 2018, titled West Texas oil, gas growth means more electricity needed. In it, The Virginian-Pilot reports that:

In West Texas, an oil and gas drilling rush has overwhelmed local roadways, housing supplies and a limited pipeline network. Now, the shale boom is straining the region's electric grid, which was designed to handle a fraction of the power needed by the oil and gas producers that dominate the West Texas economy.

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Solarman

Dewey, AZ

#1 Apr 6, 2018
"The year 2010 marked the beginning of the shale oil boom, which combined hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, with horizontal drilling to extract crude from previously inaccessible shale rock. Oil and gas operators flocked to West Texas and the Permian Basin, retreating after prices began their plunge in 2014, but recently returning in strength. Much of the new activity is concentrated in the Delaware Basin, a remote subsection of the larger Permian where transmission, pipelines and other infrastructure are limited."

Perhaps this IS the time for the gas and oil companies to install their own Distributed generation systems where the power will be used. A few wind turbines and a field of solar PV panels with energy storage could go a long way to powering the daily operations. In Australia, there are mining companies putting in their own "power supplies" because the grid infrastructure there is unreliable costing millions when the grid goes down, like the grid infrastructure in the Permian Basin is today.

"New transmission that accelerates the shift to electricity would also lower emissions from diesel generator and natural gas engines, while supporting the development of large-scale solar farms in the region, particularly in Pecos County, which is fast becoming a hub for solar energy. And electricity customers across the state could end up paying for it."

The ratepayers ALWAYS pay for the electrical utility's 'upgrades'. Now if the gas and oil developers were to be required to install their own distributed power supplies, then it does NOT go directly to the ratepayers. The oil and gas companies get favorable land lease, tax incentives and grants from Congress on every "Energy Bill". Use these "avoided costs", to the oil and gas industry to fund a wind farm and solar PV farm with energy storage near their operations point.
judy

Toronto, Canada

#3 May 26, 2018
Perhaps this IS the time for the gas and oil companies to install their own Distributed generation systems where the power will be used. A few wind turbines and a field of solar PV panels with energy storage could go a long way to powering the daily operations. In Australia, there are mining companies putting in their own "power supplies" because the grid infrastructure there is unreliable costing millions when the grid goes down, like the grid infrastructure in the Permian Basin is today.

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