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EPA regulations likely won’t cause widespread blackouts, GAO finds

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New EPA regulations are likely to cause reliability issues, but they won’t be at the level that the industry and Republican officials are claiming, according to a new independent report.
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No surprise: Lower power rates cheer customers

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Lower electricity rates have made Texans happier with their providers than they have been over the last five years, according to a study released Wednesday by J.D. Power and Associates.
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WSJ: China’s Sinopec in talks for Texas clean-coal investment

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The Chinese energy behemoth is negotiating an investment of up to $1 billion in the Texas Clean Energy Project near Odessa, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Always check the complaint data when shopping for electricity at powertochoose.com. But what if you can't find it?

Opinion: Powertochoose.com needs to fix the complaint data

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When shopping for power, always check the company’s complaint record. It’s just common sense, right? The Texas Public Utility Commission lists this information on the powertochoose.com website. So sorting out the bad actors from the good — and avoiding a rotten experience down the road — shouldn’t be too difficult.
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New consumer energy website lacks power players

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Energy companies know that many of us have no idea how to shop for electricity.
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Thermostat thinks for itself, while saving you money

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Jennifer Roane says she’s saving energy an money by using a new, self-programming thermostat.
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New plant to generate power ahead of schedule

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A new power plant designed to help reduce global warming will go online earlier than expected to help beat back Texas heat.
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Stranded passengers wait for their power to get restore, at New Delhi railway station, in New Delhi, India, Monday, July 30, 2012. Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people — more than the population of the United States and Canada combined — sweltering in the summer heat. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

CenterPoint reviewing India’s power failure

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CenterPoint Energy officials said they are reviewing India’s historic electric grid failure this week to see what lessons can be gained for Texas’ sometimes strained utility system.
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In Texas, a push to save power at peak times

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Last summer, when temperatures soared above 100 day after day, Robert Rhea’s thermostat took on a life of its own.
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Steffy: More questions about wholesale electric market

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A new report makes the latest developments in Texas’ deregulated electricity market look more and more like a scene from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
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