Will Rising PV Panel Prices Overshadow Eclipse Pricing?

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It sounds like a great cosmic conjunction. The kind of thing that has practically never happened in living memory. Oh yeah —there’s that eclipse-thing, too. Seriously, who could have imagined a potential solar panel trade war happening during an presidency firmly committed to protecting and promoting fossil fuels. But the fact is that American solar […]

TCAP’s 2017 Texas Electricity Prices Report

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The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) released it 2017 snapshot of Texas Electricity prices last week. For folks comparing Texas rates and looking for the cheapest electricity plans, the report has some interesting and somewhat nuanced insights. TCAP’s ELECTRICITY PRICES IN TEXAS main take-aways are: Average residential electricity prices in the competitive retail areas of […]

Texas Electricity Generation Infographic

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Texas Electricity Ratings gives consumers the power to choose the cheapest Texas electricity rates. And if you’re committed to using renewable or alternative electricity sources, knowing what’s currently available and what’s going to be available will make all the difference when you shop for a plan. Because we want consumers to be smart shoppers, we’ve assembled our […]

PUC to NextEra— What Part Of “NO”?

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Ouch! Back on April 13, the Texas Public Utility Commission rejected NextEra Energy Inc.’s proposed $18.4 billion acquisition of Oncor. Though not unexpected, the PUC unanimously voted down the deal saying it was not in the best interest of consumers who want the best electricity rates. The chief concern being NextEra dispensing with ring fencing […]

Study: Some Residential Rates in Competitive Areas Are Cheaper

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Last week, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University released it’s study, Electricity Reform and Retail Pricing in Texas showing (in spite of a copy editing error) that “by 2016, the average price paid by residential customers in some competitive market areas was lower than the average price paid in […]

What’s Up with ONCOR? Maybe Your Rates!

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There’s bad news for consumers seeking the best electricity rates in Dallas. ONCOR wants to raise its transmission and distribution rates on April 21. If the 7.5 rate increase would take effect, it will add to the TDU charge portion of your monthly electric bill. More than 10 million customers across Texas would see higher […]

Winter’s Coming. Will Spring Electricity Prices Go Up?

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Winter arrives on December 21. In Texas, winter will probably be over by noon. NOAA is forecasting that with the emergence of the weak La Niña this month, there’s likely to a better chance for “above-normal temperatures for much of the southern U.S.” from December, 2016 through February, 2017. ERCOT was more specific in its […]

Trouble Ahead for Low Income Texas Electricity Customers?

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The LITE-UP Texas program that helped 700,000 Texas households in 2015 ended with this past August’s bill. LITE-UP Texas doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance. The Star-Telegram reports that lawmakers occasionally tapped its funding source — called the System Benefit Fund — to prop up the state’s budget. But three years ago, […]

Court Approves Sale of ONCOR

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It’s costing NextEra an extra $300 million in cash and an agreement to pick up the debt and asbestos liabilities from the Texas electricity distribution business. Energy Future Holdings unsecured creditors will also get $450 million more. As of Sept. 20, Judge Christopher Sontchi in the Delaware District of the US Bankruptcy Court okayed the […]

Energy Future Holdings Emerging from Chapter 11 in Near Future

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi gave approval in his Delaware courtroom this past Friday, August 26 for Energy Futures Holdings to reorganize from the biggest bankruptcy in US history since GM in 2009. TXU retail energy business and Luminant, Texas’ largest power plant operator, will be spun-off tax-free under the subsidiary Texas Competitive Electric Holdings […]