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Texas regulators defer to legislature on utility ownership of energy storage

The market for energy storage in Texas is in limbo, in part because key issues regarding utility ownership of energy storage have yet to be resolved.

The issue arose a year ago when the PUCT dismissed a request by AEP Texas, a unit of American Electric Power, to install two battery storage projects because the regulators said they lacked sufficient information.

Instead, the PUCT in February opened a docket (#48023) on the issue to “develop facts necessary to establish a regulatory framework” that would allow energy storage and other technologies to operate within the confines of Texas’ Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA).

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