Texas Power Grid

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Texas lawmakers considering power grid fix that ignores last year’s blackout

Posted on · A report commissioned by the Public Utility Commission of Texas estimates that the performance credit mechanism could increase electricity costs on the state's grid by $460 million a year. Proponents of the credits say electric companies may eat some of that cost and not pass it on to consumers.

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Energy

How Power Flows To Your Houston Home — And Why It Failed To Do So During The Winter Freeze

Posted on · The deadly winter freeze gave many Texans a glimpse into how complicated – and in many ways, vulnerable – the state’s electricity system is. Half a year later many Houstonians are still figuring out what parts of that system actually failed.

Energy & Environment

ERCOT CEO Defends Power Outages As Texas Lawmakers Probe Winter Storm Response

Posted on · Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said widespread blackouts during last week’s winter storm were necessary to prevent grid failure.

Energy & Environment

Texas Agency Bans Utility Cutoffs For Failure To Pay

Posted on · The Public Utility Commission of Texas has implemented a ban on utility cutoffs for consumers who don’t pay their bills. The move does not apply to cooperatives or to municipality-owned utilities like CPS in San Antonio or Austin Energy.

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.