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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.
Environmentalists want California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP file photo/Nick Ut)

California’s climate fight comes down to late negotiations

The Democratic governor has to break through a logjam in his own party in the final week of the legislative session.
A rig works in the Barnett Shale. (Enervest)

Texas RRC examiners: XTO well not clearly linked to quakes

Though the recommendation awaits approval by the commissioners, it sets guidance on one of the most contentious issues to emerge from the oil and gas boom.

In Eagle Ford, local officials win rights on road control

In a bitterly contested case of neighbor against neighbor over access to the spoils of the Eagle Ford Shale, a court ruling has strengthened the hand of county officials seeking to maintain control of local roads.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stand on the stage prior to the Voters First Presidential Forum for Republicans at Saint Anselm College August 3, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Energy industry lobbying arm lays out wish list for White House hopefuls

It’s time for presidential candidates to start outlining their plans for energy policy, a top oil industry leader says.
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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.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto holds the documents he signed that enact reforms to the constitution at the National Palace in Mexico City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Report: How to make business sense of Mexico’s energy reform

Mexico is opening its oil and gas fields to foreign investment for the first time in decades – a potential business bonanza for companies that can navigate the changes.
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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.