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A Guide to Shopping for Electricity in Texas

Posted on · The state's energy market underwent deregulation in 2002. The idea was to break up monopolies, provide for competition, and, in doing so, drive down consumer costs while ensuring reliability. Now, Texas consumers have hundreds of energy plans to choose from. We discuss how to choose an affordable electricity plan with Loren Steffy, managing director for […]

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The Houston Zoo and Funding Rail: Tuesday’s Show (May 19, 2015)

Posted on · On Monday, Houston METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia and U.S. Congressman John Culberson held a press conference to announce the beginning of discussions to find regional transportation solutions together. That announcement was surprising to some, as twice now Rep. Culberson — a member of the House Appropriations Committee — inserted a provision into a transportation, housing […]

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Will Houston Have Enough Electricity in the Future?

Posted on · With the dramatic population growth of recent years in Greater Houston comes the need to update and expand services ranging from public transportation to clean water to electricity. Does Greater Houston have enough electricity to meet growing demand? If not, how might we meet that demand in an economically viable way? One approach is the […]

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Houston Import Project and The Other College Guide: Thursday’s show (March 19, 2015)

Posted on · With the dramatic population growth of recent years in Greater Houston comes the need to update and expand services ranging from public transportation to clean water to electricity. Does Greater Houston have enough electricity to meet growing demand? If not, how might we meet that demand in an economically viable way? One approach is the […]

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Who’s Getting The Best Deals On Electricity In Texas?

Posted on · During a meeting of the Texas Public Utility Commission, its former chairman, Barry Smitherman, gave Texans one more reason to love their state and for others to envy it: low, low prices for electricity. “If you use the best available price in the market place from a retail electric provider Houston and Dallas have the […]

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What Renewable Energy Sources Should We Pursue Next?

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters has explored efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy. In previous weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, wind power, and biofuels. On this edition of the program, we ask what you’d prefer to see energy companies here in Texas pursue – whether traditional […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Energy Deregulation in Texas

Posted on · Back in 1999, state lawmakers voted to deregulate electricity in Texas. The idea: to break up monopolies, provide for competition, and in so doing, drive down consumer costs while ensuring reliability. But is that what has actually happened? Former Houston Chronicle business columnist Loren Steffy explores the complexities of electricity deregulation in Texas in the […]