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Lower Corporate Taxes Mean Lower Electricity Rates For Texas

The Texas PUC is pushing the state’s utilities to pass through some of the benefits of the recently passed corporate tax cuts in the form of lower electricity rates. Retail electricity is deregulated in Texas. However, the transmission and distribution utilities that deliver electricity around the state are still subject to the state’s oversight. Oncor,...

Texas Electricity Rates to Go Up In 2018

Texas electricity rates are expected to go up in 2018 as the state’s electricity grid experiences growing pains.  2018 will see the closing of a number of coal fueled power plants.  Coal has been giving way to cheaper electricity fuel sources for a number of years. The growth in wind power and natural gas fueled power will offset the loss in coal over...

Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on Texas Electricity Grid

High winds and significant flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast substantially impacted the Texas electricity grid.  The transmission and distribution infrastructure sustained severe damage in the southern portion of the state as a result of Harvey’s landfall.  10,000 megawatts of electricity was lost to the grid according to the Electric Reliability...

Buffett May Be Buying Oncor

Legendary investor Warren Buffett may be close to buying Texas’ largest electricity utility according to reports.   Once part of the giant energy concern that included the retail arm of TXU, Oncor Electric Delivery has been up for sale for some time since the bankruptcy of its parent holding company Energy Future Holdings. There have been numerous...

Texas Electric Grid Has Adequate Capacity for Summer/Fall 2017

ERCOT has released its latest Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy for the summer months.   The organization anticipates that the Texas electric grid will have no trouble meeting the demand for electricity during the hot summer months from June – September.   The report forecasts a peak demand of 73,000 megawatts for electricity during the period. ...

Oncor Proposes Electricity Rate Increase for Many Texans

Oncor Electric Delivery Company has filed a request with the Texas Public Utility Commission to increase electricity rates for those in its delivery area.  This is primarily North Texas which includes Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding cities.  It also includes parts of Central Texas including Temple and Killeen as well as parts of Western Texas including...

Study Finds the Storage of Solar Power Increases Consumption and Emissions

Recent research from the University of Texas at Austin suggests that the greatest environmental and economic benefits from solar power come from sending excess solar power to the utility grid instead of storing it on-site for later use. The paper examines the costs and benefits of adding energy storage to homes with existing solar panel systems. While...

2016 Another Strong Year for Renewable Energy and Natural Gas

Continuing a 3 year trend, 2016 saw renewable energy account for the majority of new electricity generation capacity in the United States.  The lion’s share of these additions came in the form of wind and solar power. As is often the case, renewable energy generation peaked in the spring on a nationwide basis.  The spring typically sees a peak in hydroelectric...

GM Continues Transition To Renewable Energy With Wind-Powered Arlington, Texas Plant

GM has recently announced its latest milestone in its drive to increase its use of renewable energy to power its operations. The company last year completed a deal to purchase sufficient wind-generated energy to power its major plant in Arlington, as well as 15 other separate facilities, which includes GM’s financial headquarters located in the downtown...

Texas Sets Another Record For Wind Power

Texas has set a new record for electricity generated from wind.  On November 27th 2016, the ERCOT system saw more than 15,000 megawatts of electricity provided to the grid from wind turbines. The amount represented about 45% of the spot demand for power in the grid in the afternoon. “We saw high wind output throughout the day, ranging from just over...

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