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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...

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.

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...

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...

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Audio: As temperatures soar, state weighs risks of rolling blackouts

This week's 100-degree weather across the state has raised important questions about how often Texas would need to force rolling blackouts to keep pace with demand. For the state, it mostly comes down how much power it...

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Audio: Another hot summer in Texas may bring rolling blackouts

In a new report, the state's electric grid operator has predicted another summer of above-average heat. And as Mose Buchele of KUT News reports for StateImpact Texas, that means Texans can expect another summer of close calls....

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.

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