Posted on · Proposals considered damaging to Texas’ wind and solar sectors, many of which had been introduced in standalone bills earlier in the session but failed to win enough support to become law, have now been resurrected and added as amendments to a make-or-break piece of legislation to continue the operation of the state's Public Utility Commission.
Posted on · In a Monday committee hearing, lawmakers questioned whether a Public Utility Commission proposal to redesign Texas’ electricity market would lead to the building of more natural-gas-fired power plants. Regulators say it would.
Posted on · Texas has long refused to connect its decentralized grid to two national power networks, but Hunt Energy Network CEO Pat Wood said the state could do so without additional oversight — and without state Legislature approval.
Posted on · On Monday's show: Students and teachers go back to class at HISD today amid a fourth wave of COVID-19, reimbursing companies that made money during the February power failure, a local veterinarian answers your questions, and an update on local sports.
Posted on · The outline comes amid angst over whether Gov. Greg Abbott and lawmakers did enough to improve the statewide electric grid during the regular legislative session.
Posted on · The Texas House and Senate both approved negotiated versions of Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 3, the two sweeping bills to change the state’s power grid and the people who oversee it.
Posted on · ERCOT doesn’t have the power to mandate major changes. That’s the job of the Public Utility Commission (PUC), which oversees ERCOT and regulates the grid, as well as the Railroad Commission, which regulates the natural gas sector. The Texas legislature oversees all of the organizations, and its efforts to mandate weatherization have stalled.
Posted on · Arthur D'Andrea was the only remaining member of the three-seat commission that regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, water and sewer utilities.
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.
Posted on · For the first time during a Texas hurricane, mobile electric substations were brought in to restore power
Posted on · Starting next month (Sept. 1, 2016), CenterPoint Energy customers will begin seeing a change on their bill. The energy company recently raised the price it charges for transporting electricity from the provider to customers' homes by about 65 cents per month. As Houston Public Media reported back in May, CenterPoint wanted to charge more — […]
Posted on · The council vote is just the beginning of negotiations with the company.
Posted on · A legendary Texas oil family is at the center of a public hearing underway in Austin. The Hunt family wants state approval for taking control of a utility company.
Posted on · A new report from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power says complaints filed with regulators about electric companies and utilities fell to their lowest point since Texas deregulated its power market in 2002. But long-term data show consumers complain more than they did before the market was deregulated. We talk with News 88.7’s Dave Fehling […]
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. âIf you use the best available price in the market place from a retail electric provider Houston and Dallas have the […]