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State Electric Grid Operator: 4 New Plants Will Ease Demand

The operator of the electric distribution grid for most of Texas says the launch this summer of new generating plants will ease high demand in the coming months that could require conservation measures.

03/05/2014

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Texans Asked To Conserve Electricity During Extreme Cold

Today the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking electric consumers to reduce electric consumption from 5 p.m. today through Noon on Friday, February 7.

CBSDFW.COM–02/06/2014

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Power Demand In Texas Reaches New Winter Record

The operator of the electricity transmission grid for most of Texas says this week’s freezing temperatures have pushed demand for power in the state to a new winter record.

01/07/2014

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Power Companies Dangle Free Nights And Weekends

Electric bills have long been take-it-or-leave-it affairs: Pay one rate for power, no matter when you used it. Now they are increasingly offering deals that sound like cell phone promotions: Free nights, free weekends and pre-paid plans.

08/16/2013

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ERCOT: Megawatt Usage Could Be Near Capacity This Week

As temperatures continue to rise across the metroplex this week, there has also been a rise in North Texas energy use. According to ERCOT, Monday was a 2013 landmark for statewide energy use.

CBSDFW.COM–06/25/2013

Woodland Trust Inspect Trees For Signs Of Ash Dieback Disease

Oncor Offering Customers Energy-Saving Trees

For Texans looking to save money on their monthly energy bills, Oncor is offering a simple solution: plant a tree.

11/08/2012

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North Texans Find Creative Ways To Reduce Energy Consumption

On Monday, CBS 11 News found a number of parents who found creative ways to reduce their electricity consumption. Most simply took advantage of someone else’s electricity .

06/25/2012

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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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Electricity Demand Reaches Another Record

Power demand in Texas hit another record level Wednesday and flirted with knocking industrial plants offline as drought-stricken cities statewide endured another afternoon of temperatures that soared past 100 degrees.

08/03/2011

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