A map of Texas showing the state s transmission lines is a focal point in the control room of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates most of the state's power grid. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

ERCOT expects Texas electric grid to hold up strong in fall, winter

ERCOT’s seasonal assessments and early outlooks for October through February predict Texas’ grid reserves will maintain at least 3,500 megawatts of reserve power even in the most extreme peak demand and power station outage scenarios.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

The president, in a speech at a clean energy conference in Las Vegas on Monday night, planned to announce new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.
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Nearly $8 billion deal to create second largest U.S. utility company

The combined business will include 11 regulated electric and natural gas distribution companies, serving approximately 9 million customers.
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Low natural gas prices this summer set to linger into winter

The result of increased production has been a stalemate between demand and supply in 2015 — natural gas prices today are about 5 percent lower than they were on Jan. 1.
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Electric deregulation is saving Texas money, but it took a decade for consumers to reap the benefits

While Texas residents first began saving in 2012 compared with the national average, the typical Texas household paid $4,800 more than Texans living outside the competitive electricity market since deregulation took effect, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.
Bill Magness, current general counsel for ERCOT, will take over for retiring CEO Tripp Doggett. (ERCOT)

ERCOT names new CEO to lead the Texas power grid

The ERCOT Board of Directors selected Bill Magness on Tuesday as its next president and CEO.
Constellation Energy's coal-fired Brandon Shores power plant in Anne Arundel County, Md., Jan 15, 2012. (Shannon Jensen/The New York Times)

Constellation expands with new business in Houston and Dallas

The move by Constellation, which is a subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., comes at a time when more power generation companies are expanding their home retail businesses and services. Houston-based Calpine power company is buying Champion Energy Services and NRG Energy already has brands like Reliant and more.
The Lake Hubbard Power Plant near Dallas, owned by Energy Future Holdings on Feb. 28, 2012. (Allison V. Smith/The New York Times)

Energy Future Holdings looks to unload Oncor to Hunt-led consortium

Energy Future Holdings, which filed for bankruptcy protection more than a year ago, also owns Luminant power company and TXU Energy and has long considered selling Oncor in order to help right itself financially. Energy Future Holdings owns 80 percent of Oncor.
Tester and installer Anthony Villarreal installs CenterPoint Energyís millionth smart electric meter in February 2011. As of April 1, 2015, the company has installed more than 2.3 million throughout greater Houston, which have helped save more than a million gallons of fuel and avoided 9,500 tons of CO2 emissions.

CenterPoint earnings dip by more than 25 percent

CenterPoint Energy, which also sells and distributes natural gas in much of the country, reported $1.53 billion in revenues for the quarter compared to $1.88 billion last year. The $77 million in net earnings, or 18 cents per share, compared to $107 million, or 25 cents per share, last year.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Texas breaks another record for power use for the second time in two days

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s electric grid, said the preliminary estimate for power demand during that hour was the highest it has ever recorded.