Texas Weather Heats Up Wholesale Electricity Rates

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How high will my August electricity bill be? Did you sign on to a wholesale electricity rate plan? Did you buy a variable rate plan? RUN, DO NOT WALK and choose a cheap electricity fixed-rate plan now. Be sure to choose a term that’s long enough to at least get you through summer into fall. Why? […]

Updated Texas Hurricane Season

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Hurricane Season Returns to Texas On August 8, NOAA released its August update for the Atlantic Hurricane Season and the final El Niño Advisory. The news is this — El Niño is dead, conditions in the tropical Atlantic have changed. Now there’s a higher likelihood for tropical cyclones to form during the last 100 days […]

Is Tiered Rate Electricity Better Than Bill Credit in Texas?

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Are tiered pricing and bill credits a Texas electricity rate trend? Retail electricity providers in Texas compete for your business. You have the power to choose which company services your home. To win your business, companies compete predominantly on price. This competition has caused retail power companies to develop a wide range of pricing structures […]

What’s the Best Tiered Energy Plan in Plano, TX?

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How to Find the Best Energy Rates for the Oncor Area With summer heating up, shopping for the cheapest energy rates in Texas can be a challenge. But it’s not impossible. There are still top-rated energy providers offering electricity plans with low rates as long as you know how to compare and shop energy providers […]

Hurricane Season Houston Prep Resources

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Are you prepared for extreme weather in Houston, Texas? Hurricane season is here, so now is the time to make sure you and your family are prepared for extreme weather. June through November is the prime season for Atlantic storms to come into the Gulf of Mexico, ramp up their intensity, and make landfall on […]

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 […]