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TCAP Commentary: PUC Puts Electric Providers on Notice

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Are electric companies posting misleading rates on the state’s electricity buying website?
Wind turbines and oil pumpjack in action Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, north of Stanton, Texas.
(James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram)

Texas beats all other states combined in planned wind power growth

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Despite the Lone Star State’s vast number of wind farms already in operation, Texas now counts more than half of the entire nation’s wind growth currently under construction.
U.S. Electricity Output Rose 6.2% From A Year Earlier

State regulators approve new power line serving Houston area

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The commission signed off on the need for the $600 million Houston Import Project and a route adjusted slightly to address concerns in communities through which it will run.
Solar panels stand in a field in front of wind turbines at the Woodlawn Wind Farm, operated by Infigen Energy, in Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia, on Friday, July 31, 2015. Wind supplied 4 percent of the nationÕs electricity -- equivalent to 1.3 million homes -- at the end of 2013 with new investment almost doubling last year to A$1.5 billion, according to the Clean Energy Council. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Texas leads nation in both wind and natural gas power growth

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Texas accounted for more than one-third of the new wind and natural gas-fired power added to the nation’s electric grid this year through September.
Wind turbines and oil pumpjack in action Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, north of Stanton, Texas.
(James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram)

Wind and solar now leading Texas in power growth

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Since May, the grid has added nearly 3,000 megawatts of power capacity — about two-thirds from new wind farms.
(Bob Owen/San Antonio Express News)

Southern Company buys planned Texas solar farm

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The Roserock solar farm will provide power to the city of Austin and surrounding areas through a 20-year power purchase agreement with the municipally owned Austin Energy.
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

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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

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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

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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

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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.