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 […]

Texas Billing Scam Uncovered in…Virginia?

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Cindy Reed lives in Fairfax, Virginia, near the Washington Beltway. She might be a thousand miles from Texas but since February, she’s been receiving emailed bills from Reliant Energy for Texas electricity customers. According to coverage by both KPRC 2 Houston and NBC4 Washington Ms. Reed has received hundreds of notices which included the account numbers, […]

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 […]

Champion Energy Wins 6th J.D. Power Award

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Champion Energy has won yet another J.D. Power award for customer satisfaction, showing once again that they are at the pinnacle of Texas electricity companies. This is the second consecutive year they have won the award, and the 6th time in 7 years. That is pretty staggering. But it also goes to show you that […]

Texas Electricity Ratings Updates Summer Rankings

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Texas Electricity Ratings has updated their Texas electricity provider rankings heading into the hottest portion of the Texas summer shopping season. The goal is to ensure that shoppers have the most up to date information at their disposal while shopping for electricity providers. In preparation for the final stretch of the summer season, Texas Electricity […]

PUC Cuts Back Centerpoint Rate Increases

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Back on this past March 21, Centerpoint filed an application with the PUC to increase its TDU rates for its Houston customers, as well as those in surrounding communities. CenterPoint said it invested $689,351,015 in its transmission system between 2010 and 2015 and needed $60,596,164 to make up revenue. The utility has indeed made substantial […]

What Happened to Clean Coal?

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Though Carbon Capture and Storage —“Clean Coal”— is technically feasible, it might be economically smarter to leave the once Black Diamond in the ground. For years, the coal industry has championed “clean coal” as an innovation that could reinvigorate the US coal industry and make it competitive as a low-carbon emitting fuel for the future. […]

Texas Electricity Consumer Questions—TDU Charges

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Occasionally, folks ask some good questions when they’re shopping for electricity. Our Texas Electricity Consumer Questions Series tries to clear up the confusion and answers those questions so you can be a better informed consumer. From J. in Sharyland— “Are there any REPs that don’t have high TDU charges?” We understand your frustration, J., but […]