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David Crane, president and chief executive officer of NRG Energy, Inc. ,  looks at Solar panels above a parking lot at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona Tuesday June 11, 2013. (Laura Segall/ Bloomberg News)

NRG Energy makes management shifts amid sinking stock

NRG President and CEO David Crane bemoaned the “unabated selloff in our stock” earlier in November.

TCAP Commentary: 6 Key Questions about Massive Utility Sale

The REIT structure has been proposed as a method for the utility to reduce its federal tax payments. Oncor’s ratepayers should expect a fair share of that tax savings in the form of discounted rates.
An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (ERCOT/Tom Reel)

ERCOT projects Texas grid to withstand upcoming winter conditions

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is projecting to have more power capacity in reserve than originally anticipated thanks to more wind power coming online.

Commentary: Regulators Approve Nearly 20 Percent Fee Hike for Texas Electric Grid Operator

The fee hike, the largest since at least 2009, will be applied to wholesale power purchases, meaning that it won’t go directly into home bills. But it’s sure to trickle down anyway, and could increase your energy costs by 10 cents or more each month.
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Commentary: Why The $5 Billion Battery Plan Went Nowhere

The sticking point is that under the Texas electric deregulation law, transmission and distribution utilities cannot own generation assets.
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Commentary: Is Texas lagging in an area of energy policy? Find out what the experts say

Distributed Energy, or DE, is defined as energy generated on the customer’s side of the electric meter. Think, for example, of electricity coming from small-scale diesel generators that otherwise provide backup power for large buildings. Rooftop solar panels also can provide distributed energy.
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.

Commentary: Oncor to Change Owners? Two BIG Reasons Why It Matters

If Oncor raises rates, more than 3 million Texas customers feel it. If Oncor can’t serve those homes and businesses, there’s nowhere else for them to turn.
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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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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.