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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.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

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.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

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.
(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.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas electric grid breaks demand record, again

On July 29, ERCOT asked Texas consumers to reduce their power use to reduce the chance of outages, though Jones said the electric grid has been able to provide capacity as high as 71,000 megawatts.
NRG Energy Inc. Vice President Nuclear Oversight, James von Suskil speaks during a scheduled refueling outage on Unit 2 at the South Texas Project nuclear power facility Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Wadsworth.
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

NRG stock drops sharply after earnings loss

NRG’s stock briefly dipped below $20 a share Tuesday for the first time since 2012 but jumped back up in the afternoon.