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Grid operator endorses $590M power project for Houston area

The state’s electric grid operator has endorsed $590 million in upgrades designed to improve electric reliability in the Houston area.  More »

Texas blackouts rise, ranking No. 2 in nation

Texas has more blackouts than every other state but California according to a new study of power outages that occur nationwide.  More »

Wind power hits Texas record

The new West Texas transmission lines helped Lone Star wind power reaching new gusty heights, reaching a record of more than 10,000 megawatts of generation late Wednesday night.  More »

Texas power market monitor to resign

An independent monitor who watches for problems in the Texas electric power market under contract with regulators will leave the post later this month.  More »

Cold weather, hot market: Texas power price reaches max

Wholesale electricity in Texas, typically less than $100 per megawatt hour, reached $5,000 as heating demand approached generation capacity.  More »

Power conservation alert ends

The agency that operates most of Texas’ power grid has canceled a conservation alert tied to cold weather.  More »

Cold weather prompts call for power conservation in Texas

The state’s main grid operator is asking consumers to reduce electricity use to ensure adequate power as temperatures fall overnight.  More »

Debate on revamping Texas grid delayed

Texas regulators put off further discussions on modifying the electricity market until mid-May.  More »

Texas grid operator: Cold snap won’t spark another power emergency

The operator of the Texas power grid, which had a close call with generating capacity when temperatures dropped earlier this month, says it has extra reserves ready for the cold snap expected Thursday and Friday.  More »

Polar vortex, winter storm predictions push up natural gas prices

Predictions of a possible severe weather storm in the Northeast at the end of the month is pushing forward natural gas prices up, according to a Platts webcast discussion Monday morning.  More »

Power crisis costs haven’t hit home

The price tag for the crisis last week that almost forced operators to shut off power to parts of the Texas grid isn’t likely to show up on your next electric bill. But traders say the close call produced market conditions that eventually could hit consumers.  More »

Power demand in Texas hits winter record amid sub-freezing temperatures

The Texas grid met cold-weather demand a day after freezing temperatures and power plant problems nearly forced rolling blackouts, and grid operators discontinued a conservation alert.  More »
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