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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 problem, but not before warning consumers that they were a step away from issuing rolling blackouts.

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.

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