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Low-income Texans expected to receive $50 electric bill discounts

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The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a leading advocate for House Bill 1101, called the legislation the most important this year for electric customers.
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One of Texas’ biggest winds farms is getting an upgrade

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North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will replace the wind farm’s lead acid battery storage system with lithium-ion technology in 2016 for better performance. Duke owns the Notrees Windpower Project that includes 95 wind turbines and generates 153 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 46,000 homes.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Texas rep counts one victory for cheap electricity, one loss for those using less of it

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Texans looking to conserve energy may continue to face monthly penalties on their electricity bills, but low-income residents should keep receiving discounts on their power usage.
H.B. "Trip" Doggett, shown last year at the Taylor offices of the  Electric Reliability Council of Texas, says he'll retire next year as CEO of the agency that manages most of the state power grid. (Houston Chronicle photo)

CEO of Texas power grid manager will retire next year

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Doggett, an electrical engineer who formerly worked with power generator and natural gas utility Duke Energy, joined ERCOT as chief operating officer in 2008 and was named president and CEO two years later.
The East Texas Electric Cooperative, the Trinity River Authority and other participants broke ground Wednesday on the new hydroelectric power plant at Lake Livingston. (ETEC)

Construction kicks off for hydroelectric plant near Houston

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The East Texas Electric Cooperative, or ETEC, broke ground Wednesday on the new 24-megawatt power plant will power about 12,000 eastern Texas homes and generate about $1 million annually for the city of Houston for the right to use city facilities at the lake.
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Commentary: ERCOT, Peaker Net Margin, Electric Prices and Why You Should Care

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A drop in wholesale electric prices has prompted an important discussion at ERCOT about assumptions it uses when monitoring the state’s power market. Changing those assumptions could impact how much we all pay for electricity.
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84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

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The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing, with scores of bills already filed that could end up helping or harming Texas energy consumers.
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Consumer Impacts: Texas Legislature Back in Town

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What can energy consumers expect this year as the Texas Legislature convenes for its 84th regular session? Will lawmakers pass laws to lower bills or will they take actions that have the opposite effect? The session begins January 13th. Here are a four issues that lawmakers may consider that could impact what Texans pay for their […]
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

NRG adds some power to transmission line debate

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NRG Energy has begun building a new power plant in the Houston area, and says the region doesn’t need a proposed new transmission line that would bring power in from plants elsewhere in the state.
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ERCOT: Texas grid should have sufficient supplies through winter

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Increased electric resources should keep the Texas power grid sufficiently supplied through the expected colder-than-normal winter season, officials for the state’s grid operator said Friday.