Energy & Environment

Electricity Repricing Bill Hits Wall In Texas House, Marking First Major Schism With Senate This Session

Posted on · Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the House "stood for big business" after Speaker Dade Phelan signaled skepticism about reversing billions of dollars in charges for wholesale electricity during last month’s winter storm.

Energy & Environment

Texas Senate Scrambles To Advance Bill That Would Force ERCOT To Reprice Energy Charges From Winter Storm

Posted on · Senate Bill 2142, sponsored by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, had not even been filed when the day started Monday, but lawmakers suspended their rules to hastily push it through the Senate.

Energy & Environment

Gov. Greg Abbott Taps New Head Of Texas Utility Regulator In Wake Of Power Outages

Posted on · Arthur D'Andrea replaces DeAnn Walker, who resigned earlier this week as chair of the Public Utility Commission. The governor appoints commissioners to lead the PUC, which oversees the state’s grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Energy & Environment

ERCOT Board Members Who Live Outside Of Texas Are Resigning In The Aftermath Of The Power Outage, Winter Storm

Posted on · Five board members, including the chair, who do not live in Texas will resign. A candidate for another position on the board has withdrawn his application. The vacancies will not immediately be filled.

Energy & Environment

Public Utility Commission Decision May Enable Largest Electricity Providers In Texas To Become More Powerful

Posted on · The PUC decision could allow two companies that already hold more than 70% of the market share to scoop up even more consumers, which experts worry will stifle competition and raise prices for everyone in the unregulated market in the long term.

Town Square

Over One Million Harris County Residents Without Power As Temperatures Plunge Below Freezing

Posted on · CenterPoint Energy’s Executive Vice President assures that all houses without power are being monitored via digital meters and energy workers are attempting to restore power as quickly as possible.

Houston Matters

Full Show: Record-High Power Use, Writer Nic Stone, & A Visit To Candytopia (Aug. 14, 2019)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We discuss whether Texas has the energy it needs for the oppressive heat of summer, we break down the week in politics, writer Nic Stone discusses her work, and we visit a candy-themed wonderland.