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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.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

San Marcos Electric customers to see ‘temporary’ fee hike

The bills have come due for electricity that LCRA bought at inflated prices during a colder-than-normal winter.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Updated: Pedernales Electric members pick Pataki over Boggs, keep Scanlon

Pedernales Electric members voted to replace one board of directors incumbent and keep another in election results announced Saturday at the cooperative’s annual meeting.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

In Central Texas, drought threatens LCRA’s hydropower

The ongoing drought in Central Texas is claiming an innocent bystander: hydroelectricity. As the Lower Colorado River Authority limits water releases downstream, hydroelectricity — a power source that spurred the LCRA's creation almost 80 years ago —...

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Demand response could factor in grid debate

The “polar vortex” that swept across much of the nation early this month knocked two North Texas power plants offline just as residents began turning up the heat and revving up power use. Grid operators fixed the...

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...

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

San Marcos inks deal for power from new LCRA plant

The city of San Marcos will be a minority partner in a new 540-megawatt power plant on Lake LBJ under construction by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

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.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Audio: Electric utilities say price hikes aren’t high enough

Population growth has strained energy resources in Texas, leading state officials to raise prices in an attempt to encourage new power plant construction. But some utility companies say the increases may not be nearly high enough to...

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

ERCOT rolling out first step of emergency procedures

As scorching temperatures continued and Texas electricity use reached another all-time high, the state grid operator initiated the first step of emergency procedures today, seeking power from other grids, including Mexico.

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