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Texas Grid Failure and New Mexico Utility's Response


Texas Grid Failure and New Mexico Utility's Response

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Originally presented on March 4, 2021

The Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL) Section Board hosts  a 1-hour long panel discussion about the causes and factors contributing to the February 2021 Texas ERCOT grid failure and potential implications for New Mexico. The panel will feature utility, academic and practitioner perspectives, including from Xcel Energy Inc., whose Southwestern Public Service Company subsidiary provides utility service in both Texas and New Mexico.

The panelists include:

David Hudson, President of Xcel Energy – New Mexico and Texas
David Hudson became president of Xcel Energy Inc.’s New Mexico and Texas Southwestern Public Service Company operations in 2014. SPS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc. and a member of the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization. Xcel Energy supplies retail electric utility services to more than 392,000 customers in New Mexico and Texas, in addition to wholesale power and interstate transmission services. David earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University, and a Master of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. He is a licensed professional engineer by the state of Texas.

William (Bill) Grant, Vice President of Regulatory and Strategic Planning Xcel Energy – New Mexico and Texas
Bill Grant became vice president of Xcel Energy Inc.’s New Mexico and Texas Southwestern Public Service Company operations in 2017. Bill has been with Xcel for 40 years and has over 30 years’ experience in both power plant and system operations at Xcel Energy and its predecessors. Bill is a native of Roswell, New Mexico and attended Amarillo College and Wayland Baptist University.

Bradford Moody, NREEL Board Member and Of Counsel with Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP
Bradford Moody graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law. He began his law practice with the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in 1983 as an associate. From 1988 until 1996, he worked for Pennzoil Company, first as Attorney and later Senior Attorney. From 1996 until 2000, he worked for Belco Oil & Gas Corp., first as Senior Attorney and later Vice-President, Legal and Land. In 2000, Mr. Moody returned to private practice, concentrating in the fields of oil and gas, oil and gas litigation, and renewable energy development. Brad is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.

Professor David Spence, Baker Botts Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and Professor of Business Government & Society at the McCombs School of Business
Professor Spence is co-author of the leading energy law casebook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (Foundation Press), and has published numerous scholarly articles on subjects relating to energy policy, regulation and the regulatory process. Professor Spence’s research focuses on the law and politics of energy regulation, broadly defined. His scholarly writings address the environmental regulation of the oil and gas industry and the electric utility industry, as well as economic regulation (regulation of price and competition) in the public utility industry. He has Ph.D in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Moderated by: Haley B. Adams, NREEL Board Member and Associate with Modrall Sperling