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.
Texans set a power-use record for June for the second straight day during early season triple-digit heat Tuesday.
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 .
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.
With temperatures reaching into the triple-digits for the second day on Monday, the demand for electricity is expected to be overwhelming. But ERCOT is keeping an eye on the grid.
ERCOT has released a free app that provides updates on the status of the state’s electric grid and tips on how to conserve power when conservation efforts are needed most.
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.
The operator of the main Texas electric power grid says it expects a slim margin this summer between demand and capacity for generating 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.
Senate members are worried that the state drought could lead to brownouts and keep major firms from expanding statewide because of power fears.
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.
Winter is just beginning, but the state is already warning about a big problem Texans potentially face next summer: rolling blackouts.