Electric Reliability Council of Texas

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Texas Approves Doubling Wholesale Electricity Rates

The Texas Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to raise the wholesale electricity price cap by 50 percent this summer in a move it hopes will spur construction of new power plants.

06/28/2012

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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: Second Straight Day Of Record-Setting Energy Demand

Texans set a power-use record for June for the second straight day during early season triple-digit heat Tuesday.

06/26/2012

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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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ERCOT Warns Of Energy Emergencies After This Summer

ERCOT says the state should have enough power to get through this summer without rolling blackouts, but reserves could be running below target levels by 2014 and tapped out completely by 2022.

05/22/2012

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Texas Power Plants Not Generating Enough Electricity

Is it time for Texas to abandon its power grid system? That’s one option being tossed around in Austin, at a State Affairs Committee hearing.

02/09/2012

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Texas Marks 10 Years Since Electric Deregulation

This week marks the tenth anniversary of electric deregulation in Texas, but the state won’t be getting a congratulatory note from one watchdog group any time soon.

01/25/2012

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Texas Electric Grid Faces Uncertainty in 2012

Will the lights stay on in 2012? Texas electricity experts cannot say for certain. The state’s electric grid operators are coming off of a tumultuous year, one they are not eager to repeat.

12/23/2011

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Texas Heat Eases, Lessening The Load On Power Grid

The threat of rolling blackouts and constant strain on Texas’ electric grid may soon be a sweaty memory as the state’s vicious heat wave appears to be letting up.

09/04/2011

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Sunday’s Weekend Energy Use Breaks Record For Second Day In A Row

For the second day in a row, the state’s energy demand sailed past the previous record for weekend use Sunday afternoon.

08/28/2011

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ERCOT Concerned About Electric Usage As Schools Begin Year

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is a little worried about what’s going to happen on the first day of school across the state.

08/20/2011

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Texas Power Grid Reaches Deal For Backup Units

The manager of the electricity grid in Texas says four inactive natural gas units will be brought online for emergency use through October as the state battles extreme heat and drought.

08/16/2011

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