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TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

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After four straight years of declines, electric consumer complaints increased in Texas during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an analysis of regulatory data by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But despite that setback, Texans nonetheless filed the second fewest number of complaints with the state’s Public Utility Commission in fiscal 2014 than they […]
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Texas electricity complaints rising, study says

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Texas residents’ complaints about their electricity service are on the rise for the first time in four years according to a newly unveiled analysis by the advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Houston nonprofit banking on solar

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Officials at the nonprofit say the savings from going solar will be redirected back into its mission.
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New home for state’s under-used smart meter website?

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Like the unluckiest dog at the animal shelter, an under-utilized website intended to help Texans reduce their energy consumption is having a hard time finding adoptive parents. The website, SmartMeterTexas.com, is currently operated by a coalition of transmission and distribution utilities. Those monopoly utilities — with the support of retail electric providers — want the […]
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Texas power grid has first rotating outages since 2011

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The state’s power grid experienced rotating outages for the first time since 2011 late Wednesday afternoon after a pair of power plants went offline.
(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

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SolarCity’s loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.
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Texas uses the most electricity, burns nearly the most fuel

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Texas has been the biggest user of motor fuel and residential electricity so far in 2014.
A pipe emerges from dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir  on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California. Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. Santa Clara County reservoirs are at 3 percent of capacity or lower. California Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency to speed up assistance to local governments, streamline water transfers and potentially ease environmental protection requirements for dam releases.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California hydroelectric power drying up amid drought

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The Energy Information Administration says the extended drought in California is hurting the state’s capacity to production hydroelectric power.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

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The above phrase is from the translation of  ’plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ by the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Regardless, not only is it great, but also highly applicable to a veritable selection of shenanigans going on across energyland™.  First up – or actually first and second up, are two examples […]
GE is going to build four of its latest, most efficient gas turbines, pictured, for Exelon Corp.'s plants in Texas.

GE gets $500M price tag for gas turbines in Texas

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General Electric’s new high-efficiency gas turbines, fired at temperatures 200 degrees hotter than an erupting volcano, will see their U.S. debut at two gas power plants near Houston and Dallas.