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Low-income Texans expected to receive $50 electric bill discounts

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a leading advocate for House Bill 1101, called the legislation the most important this year for electric customers.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

One of Texas’ biggest winds farms is getting an upgrade

North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will replace the wind farm’s lead acid battery storage system with lithium-ion technology in 2016 for better performance. Duke owns the Notrees Windpower Project that includes 95 wind turbines and generates 153 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 46,000 homes.
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Commentary: 84th Texas Legislature: Good News & Bad News for Energy Consumers

Five important bills: the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power ranks the fate of each.
Sylvester Turner

Legislation a Big Win for Electric Customers, Government Accountability

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power encourages Gov. Greg Abbott to sign House Bill 1101, which was the single-most important bill for electric consumers during the 84th Legislative Session.
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Commentary: Energy Consumers and the 84th Texas Legislature

A quick update about a few bills of interest to energy consumers — and whether those bills are alive, dead or somewhere in between.

Commentary: ERCOT, Peaker Net Margin, Electric Prices and Why You Should Care

A drop in wholesale electric prices has prompted an important discussion at ERCOT about assumptions it uses when monitoring the state’s power market. Changing those assumptions could impact how much we all pay for electricity.

Commentary: Automatic bill payment programs cost money, increase consumption, study finds

Extrapolating from the data, the Duke University professor calculated that automatic bill payment programs induced nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of incremental consumption in the United States in 2010. That incremental consumption resulted in an aggregate cost of $1.8 billion.
The world's longest-burning lightbulb is seen at Fire Station #6 on March 13, 2014 in Livermore, Calif. At lower left is a webcam, via which viewers may watch the light bulb at any time. The lightbulb has been burning, with a few minor interruptions, for 112 years as of June 2013. (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Always-on” devices use $19 billion worth of electricity each year

Electronics, appliances and other equipment that stay plugged in, or hard-wired into homes, devours electricity around-the-clock, contributing to an estimated $19 billion worth of electricity wasted each year in U.S. homes, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, along with Mayor Julian Castro speak with Madison High School students in San Antonio about their solar car initiative.  (Photo: Helen L. Montoya/San Antonio Express News)

Ernest Moniz: Changing business models in energy demand new infrastructure investments

Energy Secretary Moniz spoke to FuelFix about and the changing face of domestic energy and the need to modernize the nation’s aging infrastructure for moving oil, gas and electricity.
Robert Flexon, CEO of Dynegy. (Rhiannon Meyers/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Dynegy CEO keeping close eye on evolving power model

Recent power plant acquisitions have placed Dynegy in a comfortable position for the next few years, but the Houston-based power generator will have to figure out how to operate in a rapidly changing electricity market, CEO Robert Flexon said Thursday.