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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.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

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Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.
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NRG, Calpine challenge Houston transmission project in new lawsuit

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A pair of Houston-based power generators allege in a lawsuit filed this week in state court that a new transmission line planned for the Houston area is expensive and unnecessary.
( Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas grid can handle the heat, operator says

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Texas power plants should be able to meet spring and summer electricity demand, the state’s grid operator said Monday.
Categories: Electricity, General
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84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

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The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing, with scores of bills already filed that could end up helping or harming Texas energy consumers.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Texas solar jobs increasing

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The number of Texans working in the solar industry increased last year by more than 2,800, a sign that the industry is making headwinds in the Lone Star State.
(Carolyn Mary Bauman /Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Texas wind cracks 10 percent threshold

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The amount of wind power generated in the state cracked the 10 percent threshold last year for the first time as the industry continues to make strides in the western and Panhandle regions of Texas.
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Take a look inside ERCOT’s control room

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One of the most important rooms in the state is one few Texans will ever see.
( Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.