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 […]

Celebrate Your Independence —You’re Free to Choose!

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This coming January 1 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the end of the reign of the old incumbent Texas utilities and the opening of competition among new retail electricity providers. That means for ten years, consumers in the Lone Star State have been free to choose what kind of Texas electricity plan works […]

The Texas Flood of 2016 & Your Electricity Bills

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El Niños bring cool, wet weather in Texas by blowing persistent and extended Pacific jet stream across the state. While this helps kill off hurricanes, it amplifies storm tracks across the southwest and Texas bringing more rain into the Lone Star State — up to a foot or more on average. And this El Niño […]

Texas Deregulated Electricity Primer

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I saw this nice little article in the Texas Monthly today as a primer of things customers should know about deregulated electricity in Texas. It’s a great premise,  and the three things they listed are certainly things Texas customers need to understand, but I’d definitely expound on a few things that Texas electricity customers should be […]

Champion Energy Wins Customer Satisfaction Award for 2015

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After falling to Green Mountain Energy last year in the annual J.D. Power & Associates award for customer satisfaction, Champion Energy has regained the top spot in the coveted customer survey. Congratulations Champion Energy Services! This marks Champion Energy’s 5th finish

Demand Response Programs and 2015

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Now that the new year has been rung in, and everyone is getting back to their regular daily lives, it is time to focus back in on Texas electricity in 2015. I previously wrote about Critical Peak (or Demand Response) programs last July. Now that we’ve rung in 2015, lets take a quick look at […]

Excellent DMN Article Highlights Confusion in Texas Electricity Shopping

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In a recent article in the Dallas Morning News, Mitchell Schnurman does an outstanding job of highlighting several of the existing challenges with navigating the Texas electricity market. As someone who has operated a website for electricity in Texas for five years that prioritizes consumer advocacy, I’ve long been beating the drum that the best way […]