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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.
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Commentary: ERCOT Seeks Fee Increase

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ERCOT wants to increase its revenues — and it’s seeking another rate hike to make it happen.
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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.
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Low-income Texans expected to receive $50 electric bill discounts

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The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a leading advocate for House Bill 1101, called the legislation the most important this year for electric customers.
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One of Texas’ biggest winds farms is getting an upgrade

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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

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Five important bills: the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power ranks the fate of each.
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Legislation a Big Win for Electric Customers, Government Accountability

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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

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A quick update about a few bills of interest to energy consumers — and whether those bills are alive, dead or somewhere in between.
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Commentary: ERCOT, Peaker Net Margin, Electric Prices and Why You Should Care

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

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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.