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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.
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.