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Texas’ Electricity Projections Improve, But Still Low

The agency that oversees most of the Texas power grid says future power projections have improved but the state could still struggle with peak demand — possibly even next summer.

12/10/2012

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ERCOT Calling For Afternoon Energy Conservation

Yesterday the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced that electricity demand had set a new July record. Today the electric grid operator for most of the state is recommending conservation.

08/01/2012

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ERCOT: July Ends With Record Electricity Demand

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced Tuesday that the demand on its power grid peaked at 65,790 megawatts (MW) setting a new July record.

07/31/2012

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Official: Texas Electric Supply Will Be Tight

The Texas power grid barely has enough electricity to meet demand this summer, and an unexpected drop in generation or spike in demand could lead to rolling blackouts, the president of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas testified Tuesday.

07/10/2012

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Texas May Increase Wholesale Electricity Rates

The Texas Public Utility Commission is considering raising the price cap on wholesale electricity rates by 50 percent this summer in hopes it will spur construction of new power plants.

06/28/2012

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ERCOT Announces Record Use For June Day

As it stands, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is performing under normal conditions and no emergency electricity alerts have been issued, but persistent hot weather could change that.

06/25/2012

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Energy Company Offering Free Electricity At Night

If you are a “night owl” and a TXU customer a new service plan could save you hundreds of dollars a year on your bill. TXU now has a set of plans that offers customers free nighttime energy usage.

05/04/2012

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No Rolling Power Outages Expected This Summer

It looks like Texas will make it through the summer without rolling power outages. Officials with ERCOT) say forecasters are not anticipating the same extreme temperatures seen during last summer’s record drought.

04/10/2012

ERCOT Reports Record Peak Electricity Demand

Hot, sultry weather that has most of Texas in its grip has generated the third peak demand record

08/17/2010

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