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Cold Snap Knocked State Generators Offline

January’s polar vortex knocked several important coal-fired electricity plants in Texas offline. Frozen instruments were the most-cited problem for why the plants shut down.

03/12/2014

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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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ERCOT Extends Conservation Alert Due To Record Cold

The state’s power operator has extended a ‘Conservation Alert’ through Tuesday morning.

03/03/2014

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ERCOT Urges Electricity Conservation

The operators of the state’s electric grid have urged conservation after freezing, icy weather led to power outages and forced some North Texas schools to call off classes.

03/03/2014

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Texas Electricity Bills Soar In Abnormally Cold Winter

Over the past couple of months, some people have seen their electricity bills nearly double across North Texas — though their thermostat hasn’t changed.

02/27/2014

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ERCOT Cancels Conservation Alert For North Texas

The operator of the electric grid that lights most of Texas has discontinued a prior alert asking customers to use less electricity.

02/07/2014

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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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Strong Winds Cut Power In North Texas

Strong winds downed some power lines and cut electricity to parts of North Texas. Oncor reported more than 2,000 homes and businesses without electricity, mainly in Dallas.

01/27/2014

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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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North Texas Energy Alerts All Discontinued

The extremely cold weather on Tuesday morning had North Texans cranking up their heat for the second day in a row, and the area hit a new high for power usage.

01/07/2014

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ERCOT Still Urging Energy Conservation

Many folks across Texas are probably tempted to crank up the heat on Tuesday morning. But the demand for electricity could mean power problems throughout the state.

01/07/2014

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North Texas Cold Snap Nearly Prompts Rolling Power Outages

The low temperatures in North Texas created a high demand for electricity

CBS 11–01/06/2014

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