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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.
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Commentary: HB 3749: The Year’s Most Important Legislation for Gas Utility Customers

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The Houston Chronicle this week has highlighted what is likely the year’s most important state legislation for gas utility customers. House Bill 3749, by state Rep. Jim Keffer, will help ensure that Texas cities continue having a voice to defend their citizens against unwarranted gas utility rate hikes. A key legislative committee approved the bill last […]
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CERAWeek: Smaller budgets shouldn’t sacrifice on oil industry innovation, Saudi Aramco says

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Innovation is vital for the energy industry, even when times are tough, three industry executives told IHS Energy CERAWeek attendees Monday.
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Monday at the Capitol: Important Gas Consumer Legislation

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Of the thousands of bills filed so far in Austin, perhaps none would more benefit gas utility customers than House Bill 2988 and House Bill 3749. If adopted, either of these bills would help ensure that consumers continue having a strong voice at the agency that oversees home gas rates. Both bills will be considered in […]
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia visits an oil rig in the Caspian Sea operated by Lukoil, April 28, 2010. (Alexei Druzhinin/Pool via The New York Times)

U.S., Russia fight over Europe’s energy future

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It’s all about heat and electricity for tens of millions of Europeans.
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Hurdles remain for women in energy

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Women have made strides in the energy industry, but there’s still a lack of women in some engineering and management positions, a panel of female energy sector executives said Monday.
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Consumer Impacts: Texas Legislature Back in Town

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What can energy consumers expect this year as the Texas Legislature convenes for its 84th regular session? Will lawmakers pass laws to lower bills or will they take actions that have the opposite effect? The session begins January 13th. Here are a four issues that lawmakers may consider that could impact what Texans pay for their […]

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]