PUC to NextEra— What Part Of “NO”?

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Ouch! Back on April 13, the Texas Public Utility Commission rejected NextEra Energy Inc.’s proposed $18.4 billion acquisition of Oncor. Though not unexpected, the PUC unanimously voted down the deal saying it was not in the best interest of consumers who want the best electricity rates. The chief concern being NextEra dispensing with ring-fencing measures […]

Study: Some Residential Rates in Competitive Areas Are Cheaper

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Last week, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University released it’s study, Electricity Reform and Retail Pricing in Texas showing (in spite of a copy editing error) that “by 2016, the average price paid by residential customers in some competitive market areas was lower than the average price paid in […]

What’s Up with ONCOR? Maybe Your Rates!

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There’s bad news for consumers seeking the best electricity rates in Dallas. ONCOR wants to raise its transmission and distribution rates on April 21. If the 7.5 rate increase would take effect, it will add to the TDU charge portion of your monthly electric bill. More than 10 million customers across Texas would see higher […]

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 […]

Texas Electricity Ratings Review Explanation of the Week: 8/15/2016

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Here at Texas Electricity Ratings, we are starting a new regular column that will look at a review that someone has submitted and examine it. The idea is to help consumers understand how the Texas electricity market works. This week’s review comes from “Susan,” in north Texas: I moved into my first apartment on July 11th, […]

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 […]

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. […]