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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.
H.B. "Trip" Doggett, shown last year at the Taylor offices of the  Electric Reliability Council of Texas, says he'll retire next year as CEO of the agency that manages most of the state power grid. (Houston Chronicle photo)

CEO of Texas power grid manager will retire next year

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Doggett, an electrical engineer who formerly worked with power generator and natural gas utility Duke Energy, joined ERCOT as chief operating officer in 2008 and was named president and CEO two years later.
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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.