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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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ERCOT Urges Texans To Conserve Electricity

Though rolling blackouts are not expected, freezing temperatures across much of Texas have led officials to issue an “Energy Emergency Alert” to protect the grid.

01/06/2014

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ERCOT Prepared For Fall & Winter Demand

The manager of the electric grid that serves most of the state said that it is ready to meet the power demands expected in Texas this coming autumn and winter.

09/04/2013

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Texas Power Grid Ready For Hottest Day Of The Year

With Thursday’s predicted high of 104 – and a possible heat index of 108 – ERCOT, which operates the state’s power grid, will be busy keeping things cool.

KRLD–08/08/2013

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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

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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: No Winter Concerns, Spring Heat Could Mean Trouble

There are some words of concern from officials at ERCOT. While the state has adequate resources to survive a cold winter and a hot spring, the long-term outlook is a bit different.

CBSDFW.COM–11/02/2012

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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 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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