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Grid operator issues power use alert

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking electric consumers to limit their electricity usage today during the peak hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The string of 100-degree-plus days led to record-setting power demand on three different days this month, most recently on Monday, according to ERCOT. Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday asked residents to conserve.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Electric deregulation is saving Texas money, but it took a decade for consumers to reap the benefits

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While Texas residents first began saving in 2012 compared with the national average, the typical Texas household paid $4,800 more than Texans living outside the competitive electricity market since deregulation took effect, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.
Bill Magness, current general counsel for ERCOT, will take over for retiring CEO Tripp Doggett. (ERCOT)

ERCOT names new CEO to lead the Texas power grid

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The ERCOT Board of Directors selected Bill Magness on Tuesday as its next president and CEO.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Texas breaks another record for power use for the second time in two days

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s electric grid, said the preliminary estimate for power demand during that hour was the highest it has ever recorded.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas electric grid breaks demand record, again

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On July 29, ERCOT asked Texas consumers to reduce their power use to reduce the chance of outages, though Jones said the electric grid has been able to provide capacity as high as 71,000 megawatts.
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Texas power users are breaking records, and could break more by the end of the summer

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A heat wave across Texas is pushing up power use. Every major Texas city this week has felt triple digit temperatues, with Houston experiencing its first 100 degree-days in two years.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas grid operator asks consumers to limit electricity use after record-breaking demand on Wednesday

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Parts of the country, including Texas, were sweltering under a heat wave on Wednesday, with about 35 million people subject to heat advisories.
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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.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

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.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Texas rep counts one victory for cheap electricity, one loss for those using less of it

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Texans looking to conserve energy may continue to face monthly penalties on their electricity bills, but low-income residents should keep receiving discounts on their power usage.