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Thursday, August 13th, 2015

ERCOT asks residents to conserve energy during peak hours today

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator for most of Texas, has announced an Energy Emergency Alert and is asking electric consumers to limit or reduce electric use where possible during the 3-7 p.m. peak demand hours today.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

EPA climate change plan would raise consumer costs, ERCOT chief says

As Texas regulators weigh a response to President Obama’s proposal to combat climate change, the operator of the state’s main electric grid says the plan would raise energy costs and threaten reliability – particularly in the next...

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Texas ranks high for electric grid improvement

Texas ranks first out of 41 states for modernizing its electric grid, according to a new report — although that doesn’t mean Texans pay significantly less for electricity, or that the grid is safe from strain due...

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Skube named PEC interim CEO

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) board of directors has named Chief Financial Officer Frank Skube as interim chief executive officer.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Remotely controlled thermostats
save Texas electricity at peak times

A small but growing number of Texans who are signed up to assist the electric grid when it is strained, which occasionally happens when afternoon heat sends air conditioners into overdrive.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

ERCOT sets new wind record

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, recently reported a new record set for electricity generation from wind systems.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

State comes close to rolling blackouts

After more triple-digit temperatures and continued skyrocketing power demand, the Texas electric grid operator warned of a "high probability" of rolling blackouts, although as of 5 p.m. Thursday the danger appeared to have abated. The situation is...

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

ERCOT sets electricity demand record Monday, advises conservation this week

The entity that manages electric flow to 23 million Texas customers, including San Marcos residents, is advising users to reduce their electricity use this week. ERCOT set an electricity demand record on Monday.

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The rolling chain of events behind Texas blackouts

A state senator says a chain reaction of problems involving the state's coal and gas plants appeared to be the cause — and wind plants were having trouble too. So far no blackouts have been ordered today....

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

ERCOT ends emergency blackouts

Power out at your house? You've got good company — 400,000 other Texans, as of noon today. But as of this afternoon, the lights (and heat) should be coming back on.

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