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Texas power users are breaking records, and could break more by the end of the summer

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A heat wave across Texas is pushing up power use. Every major Texas city this week has felt triple digit temperatues, with Houston experiencing its first 100 degree-days in two years.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Power to Choose will help consumers filter out electricity plans charging “minimum use fees”

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So the Public Utility Commission of Texas will add an online filter to help consumers weed out such plans on the state’s Power to Choose website. Many of the seemingly cheapest plans include minimum use fees that increase rates when customers go above or below certain levels of electricity usage each month.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas grid operator asks consumers to limit electricity use after record-breaking demand on Wednesday

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Parts of the country, including Texas, were sweltering under a heat wave on Wednesday, with about 35 million people subject to heat advisories.
(Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg)

Coal power is here to stay — for now

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While coal is expected to lose market share, federal projects show that coal-fired generation capacity is expected to remain largely unchanged through 2024.
A wind farm under construction off the southeast side of Block Island R.I., July 21, 2015. A few miles off the coast, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 840-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. (Gregg Vigliotti/The New York Times)

First U.S. offshore wind farm raises hopes for industry revolution

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While there’s plenty of potential energy to harness, offshore wind has been mostly stymied by high costs. Onshore turbines are some of the cheapest sources of electricity, with an average cost of about $85 a megawatt-hour, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Coal costs about $90.
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Calpine to acquire Champion Energy for $240 million

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Calpine, one of the nation’s top power generators, will acquire Houston-based Champion and its 180 employees, all of whom will make the switch. Champion has 2.5 million residential customers, many in Texas, and 18,000 commercial and industrial customers.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Entergy Texas pulls out of power station purchase

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New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. will still proceed with its $948 million acquisition of the Union Power Station near El Dorado, Arkansas, but the Entergy Texas subsidiary no longer will pay the $237 million to buy one of the four, 495-megawatt generating units at the natural gas-fired plant. Florida-based Entegra Power Group is selling the plant.
NEWBURG, MD - JUNE 29: Two white ducks walk along the Beach at Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on the Potomac River on June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency "unreasonably" failed to consider the cost of the regulations.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Power plant operators say they’ve cut carbon emissions ahead of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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The “Benchmarking Air Emissions” report, which examined the nation’s 100 largest electric power producers, comes in advance of the final proposal of the so-called Clean Power Plan from the the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest U.S. electricity source

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Power companies have been installing more natural gas turbines at plants, with new regulations that restrict the emission of greenhouse gasses has added new pressure to make the switch.
Exelon Corp. will use GE gas turbines, like the one pictured above, in its Texas plants. (GE)

Exelon expanding gas-fueled power plants near Houston, Fort Worth

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The projects, which are roughly $750 million each, will triple the amount of power production at Exelon’s Colorado Bend Generating Station in Wharton, which is about 45 miles southwest of Houston. The second 1,000-megawatt expansion is for the Wolf Hollow Generating Station outside of Fort Worth.