New TX Energy Law To Impact Customers

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Will Texas Ban Electricity Plans Like Griddy? Few things have bipartisan support like never letting the power outages from Winter Storm Uri ever happen again. As Texas’s political leaders decide how to best do this, one piece of legislation is flying through the Capitol. House Bill 16 proposes banning wholesale pass-through electric products like those Read More

Rate Reforms Planned for Texas Grid

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What Planned Rate Reforms for the Texas Grid Are Coming? The thaw after Winter Storm Uri has come, and nearly all Texans have reliable power and water once again. But as Texans huddled in unheated homes and boiled snow for potable water, they wondered who to blame.  They also wanted measures in place to prevent Read More

How Energy Customers Can Best Weather the TX Grid Failure

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Electricity Customers Will Survive the Texas Power Grid Failure One impish pal privately quipped to me that news about the Texas freeze reminded him of Sunday morning church after a Saturday night chili festival — lots of strained grimaces, startling noises, and mortified amazement. Still, crude humor aside, Texas energy customers are rightly outraged at events Read More

How Big Texas Freeze Shut Down ERCOT

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  How Did Cold Weather Freeze The Texas Grid? With Arctic-like cold and wind chills likely sticking around Texas until the weekend, many  electricity customers inn ERCOT are finding time to wonder what happened on Sunday, February 15. After all, the past week’s cold weather catastrophe seems more at home in the bleak whiteness of Read More

Texas Freeze – How To Keep Warm If Your Power Goes Out

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How Do I Keep My Home Warm During Power Outage Texans woke to teeth-chattering Arctic cold this morning scarcely seen in decades. With temperatures struggling to climb from single digits in the wee-small hours, ERCOT warned Texas electric customers to conserve electricity. Otherwise, “Rotating outages  may be needed to protect the system.” The combination of Read More

What to Expect in Texas Green Energy 2021

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What’s the Future For Texas Green Energy 2021? Predicting the future in the energy sector can feel like playing darts blindfolded, but it can be fun to guess. Texas green energy 2021 looks to be a year of progress. With a federal executive branch making big plans on climate change and many renewable energy projects Read More

Texas Electricity Relief Program To End This Month

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Payment Deferment During COVID-19 Back in March, the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT) created the Electricity Relief Program (ERP) to reduce the economic burden of electricity cost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two main benefits to Texas electricity customers are deferred payment plans and prevention of shutoffs for nonpayment. The program was extended in Read More

Cheap Estimated Electric Bill Plans in Houston

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Which Houston Electricity Plans Are Cheapest? When it comes to evaluating retail electricity plans, one number doesn’t say it all. You may find a plan with a super low advertised rate. However, that low number in a bold font may not be all it’s cracked up to be. That’s why Texas Electricity Ratings now shows Read More

ERCOT Warns Record Summer Electricity Use

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ERCOT Reserve Margin 2020 News ERCOT released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) prediction on Thursday, March 5 for Spring 2020 (March – May) and also its preliminary Summer (June – September) assessment. ERCOT anticipates having enough electricity capacity to meet the forecast 64,233 MW spring peak load. However, this summer looks like Read More

Best Trending Electricity Rates in Houston

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How good are the trending electricity rates in Houston? “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness,” author Oscar Wilde said. It’s easy to see why people don’t use the back half of the quote. Nonetheless, the axiom is relevant to everyday life, especially when it comes to shopping for Read More