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An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (ERCOT/Tom Reel)

ERCOT taps new second-in-command

Cheryl Mele, deputy general manager and COO of energy for the city of Austin, will take over the post in mid-January.

Crude under pressure, joined by copper, steel, silver, iron ore…and Texas Power

One-hundred and forty-six years after the Suez canal opened in Egypt, and one-hundred and two years after the first steamship traveled through the Panama canal, the crude complex is praying for calm waters, but seems set for further stormy seas. (Prices are currently choppy and looking to be sunk by a stronger dollar). Jumping straight into […]
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An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (ERCOT/Tom Reel)

ERCOT projects Texas grid to withstand upcoming winter conditions

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is projecting to have more power capacity in reserve than originally anticipated thanks to more wind power coming online.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

Texas hits new wind power milestone on Thursday

At 12:38 a.m. Thursday, the grid that manages nearly 90 percent of Texas’ electricity load hit 12,237.6 megawatts of wind generation — nearly 37 percent of the grid’s load at the time — besting the previous record 11,467 megawatts from wind set on Sept. 13, according to the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas that manages the grid. A megawatt powers about 500 typical Texas residences during periods of normal demand.

TCAP: Electric Complaints Fall to Post-Deregulation Low

Electricity complaints filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission fall to a new post-electric deregulation low.
(Doug Kanter/Bloomberg News)

Clean Power Plan may force coal power plant retirements in Texas, ERCOT says

Despite the concerns, the estimated retirement of at least 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation capacity in the ERCOT region is much less than the previous projection of 8,700 megawatts given last year before the Clean Power Plan rule was finalized and the timelines were eased, said ERCOT, which manages about 85 percent of Texas’ electricity load.
The W. A. Parish power plant on Friday Sept. 5, 2014 in rural Fort Bend County, TX.  (Eric Kayne/Invision for NRG/AP Images)

Report: Texas already on path to meeting most Clean Power Plan goals

The Clean Power Plan, the final version of which was proposed in August, is intended to reduce carbon pollution from existing power by 32 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030.

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.
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Commentary: Why The $5 Billion Battery Plan Went Nowhere

The sticking point is that under the Texas electric deregulation law, transmission and distribution utilities cannot own generation assets.
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Gas power passes coal for the second time ever

The amount of electricity generated from natural gas surpassed the share of coal-fired production in July for just the second time ever — the first time being in April.