Energy Plan Lessons From Customer Mistakes —Part 2

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Recently, I was reading through some provider reviews and found several classic examples where customers made mistakes with their with their Texas electricity plans that wound up costing them more. In the interest of helping our other energy customers I’m sharing a few edited examples as common mistakes to show how other customers can avoid problems […]

ERCOT Reserve Margin Shrinks to 7.4%

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Can ERCOT juggle its energy reserves all summer long? The predicted amount of electricity the Texas grid will have to spare is less than what was available in the summer of 2018. According to forecasts by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the reserve margin of electricity will be 7.4%. That’s down from the […]

Texas Battery Project Powering Utilities

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How does Texas store excess electricity? As reported on Texas Electricity Ratings in November, Luminant’s utility scale battery in West Texas was set to begin operation by the end of 2018. The project made its deadline just barely coming online December 31. This 10 megawatt storage facility is the largest of its kind in Texas […]

How Bad Are GE’s Gas Turbine Blade Troubles?

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What Is the Problem with GE’s Turbine Blades? GE’s financial difficulties continue as a recent discovery has shown that the blades in its flagship turbine have an oxidization issue. Oxidization exposes the blades to the possibility of rust and rapid deterioration. Currently, four natural gas generator units in Texas have been forced to pause operations […]

Texas Coal Plant to Shut Down By 2020

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Why Are Coal Plants Closing All Over Texas? A coal plant based in Vernon, Texas announced that it will shut down operations in 2020. It’s the fifth plant that has closed or announced its closure this year. The 700-megawatt plant stated that the reason behind its decision to close was due to its inability to […]

Sunny Times for Solar in Texas

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Are investors buying green energy? As green energy occupies a larger and larger share of the mix of energy sources powering Texas homes, investors are taking note. This industry, worth $15 billion nationally, is on the rise because the technology harvesting solar energy is getting better and better. Solar panels are coming down in price, […]

TER’s Plan Picker 3000 Simplifies Your Power to Choose Dallas Electricity

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How Can I Find Help Choosing the Best Dallas Energy Plan? Shopping for an electricity plan can be a pain. Each plan has different benefits that work well for some but not for others. And if you choose the wrong plan, you could lose a lot of money. So how do you know you’re getting […]

Most New Texas Generator Interconnections Are Green

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What is the Future of Texas Energy? Purchasing green energy is important to many Texas electricity customers but not all. Yet, if current trends continue, green energy may be the only option. As a proportion of total Texas electricity usage, wind power is expected to overtake coal sometime this year or next. According to the […]

ONCOR Reduces TDU Rates

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What Kind of Savings Can I Expect with Oncor’s Recent Rate Reduction? With Texas hurricane season currently underway, it pays to have good news about lower electricity rates. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) recently approved Oncor’s requested delivery rate decrease. It comes as a result of the federal tax cuts imposed at the […]

ERCOT Announces Sufficient Generation For Fall & Winter

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Will there be enough Texas electricity for the cold weather? The organization responsible for managing nearly all of the Texas power grid — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) — says there will be plenty of electricity for Texans this fall and winter. Even at peak demand, Texas electricity customers will stay warm and […]