Letters to the Editor – Electricity, Energy Pipelines, Green Homes, Airbnbs, Golf
Tackle energy efficiency now
Re: “Electricity rates cause problems”, by Mitchell Schnurman, Sunday Business column.
Even though I have a 24 month electricity contract in the North Texas area, my average monthly bill will still increase by over 23%! The State of Texas must invest in energy efficiency. Our governor, state officials, ERCOT, the Texas Railroad Commission, concerned citizens and others must address this issue. Our old Texas model of deregulation is no longer feasible.
Nancy Alexander, Plano
No, it’s not “unfair”
Subject: “Pipeline Dreams – To Keep Energy Costs Manageable, Texas Should Clean Up Intrastate Oil and Gas Delivery,” May 17 editorial.
This editorial said that Texas energy pipelines “create an unfair market”.
The price of Texas natural gas is traded daily in 120 North American market centers in one of three ways: next day delivery, under contract for the next month, and long-term contracts.
Prices are set by market forces. In the event of a shortage of supply and extreme demand, prices can shoot up dramatically – exactly what happened during the winter storm of February 2021.
Electric generators running on natural gas as a fuel source had to be competitive in the daily physical spot market unless they had firm long-term contracts. It is not a monopoly, but a free market system that provides affordable and reliable energy.
To avoid volatility, producers must be incentivized to enter into firm monthly spot markets and long-term contracts for the purchase and transportation of natural gas. Firm contracts benefit both parties, guaranteeing shippers pipeline capacity and predictable pipeline revenue through reservation fees.
Texas lawmakers have worked diligently to keep energy prices low and supplies plentiful in a state that is growing by more than 1,000 people a day. With recently passed legislation and continued market redesign, generators will have more tools to negotiate long-term contracts and Texas will continue to be an energy leader.
Thure Cannon, Austin
President, Texas Pipeline Association
Back to green houses
Re: “Buyers are looking for greener dream homes – The real estate industry is trying to provide sustainable and eco-friendly options”, by Leslie Rouda Smith, Opinion of May 28.
As a now-retired resource curator and the son of a real estate agent, I really appreciate this column. Real estate agents promote green homes, but generally help people buy and sell existing homes. So let’s encourage existing homeowners to implement projects that improve the efficiency of their homes, thus making them more attractive in the market.
The problem is that people generally lack the resources to undertake such projects. Homeowners and business owners would be well advised to consider their local energy companies and water utilities as excellent references. Some may even offer incentive programs that can help defray some efficiency improvement costs.
Also be aware that the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Conserve North Texas, the state’s Energy Conservation Office, and the US Department of Energy all offer excellent unbiased resources.
Finally, remember that improving local building codes is key to sustainable development. It is reassuring that our local governments are working closely with the NCTCOG and state resources to ensure that future construction will be environmentally responsible.
Samuel C. Steele, Fort Worth/Tanglewood
My investment matters too
Re: “Dallas Shouldn’t Ban Short-Term Rentals – It’s The City Council’s Job To Come Up With Reasonable Rules For Single-Family Neighborhoods,” June 1 editorial.
In a nutshell, I have to assume that whoever wrote this op-ed doesn’t live across or next to a short-term rental, like I do. I didn’t buy a house in Far North Dallas to be near a hotel. I’ve had all sorts of complaints about noise, trash, etc. By the time the police or law enforcement show up, the incident is over.
Let me assure you that random people who rent this house for graduation parties, weekend football games and other events might laugh at me and my neighbors. So our street is their parking lot and my yard is often their dumpster.
And on your point about not infringing on investors’ rights to make money: what about my rights to my investment? The city earns more by making sure my property retains its value, along with the rest of the neighborhood.
Do the right thing, Dallas—shut them up!
On modern sports…
Re: “A lone shark – Isolated and criticised, Norman takes on the PGA Tour with a league backed by Saudi Arabia”, Wednesday SportsDay article.
Advertised on the front page and filling the Wednesday pages Dallas Morning News The Sports section is the story of the acrimonious competition between the PGA and the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind as to whether golf or any other professional sport should retain the true meaning of the word ‘sport’ or simply be recognized as another wealth-generating business.
Let the final quote from new LIV Tour spokesperson Greg Norman dispel any misconceptions: “Players who board, God bless them. They will make a lot of money. »
Ted M. Moore, Dallas/Preston Hollow
When my tax refund arrives…
Anyone else still waiting for their tax refund from 2020? We filed an amended return which the IRS says it received on October 18, 2021. It says it can take up to 16 weeks to get the refund. It was in February, four months ago!
There is a website and a phone number to contact the agency. The website tells me to call the phone number. Calling the phone number gives me a recorded message to go to the website. This is our government at work.
Do you assume that if and when we get our own money back, they will add interest for all the extra time they have kept it? Ha! They charge penalties and interest if I send it late, but it doesn’t work when they’re the one late. Ridiculous!
Cindy Burr, Dallas/Casa See
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