ERCOT Prepping for Record June Demand TODAY!

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Does ERCOT Have Enough Electricity for Today? ERCOT is heading into a show down between Texas electricity demand and Texas heat. With Friday temperature highs throughout the state expected between the upper 90s and 100s, ERCOT forecasts that it will face a peak demand of 68,374 megawatts (MW) on Friday, June 22 at roughly 4 […]

What is a Plan EFL and how does it affect my Texas electricity?

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What Is an EFL in Texas? No one wants to read the fine print. But when you’re comparing Dallas electric rates, you need to know the full picture. This helps you save big when using the power to choose to find the cheapest electricity plan for your Dallas, Texas home. The Energy Facts Label (EFL) […]

ERCOT Posts New June Peak Demand Record

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ERCOT’s new June peak demand record? But It’s Only June 1! ERCOT’s Twitter posting on June 1 sent an electric shiver through a sweltering Texas: ERCOT set a new June peak demand record this afternoon, reaching 67,887 MW between 4 and 5 p.m.  Well, technically— demand was 67886.60 MW but you get the point. Texas […]

NOAA Forecasts 2018 Hurricane Season

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How bad will hurricane season be this summer? Extreme weather is exerting a greater impact on our lives now than ever before. Hurricane season makes this all too clear. Storms can disrupt gas and oil wells and knock down transmission lines, both of which can affect the price of energy throughout the country. Homeowners dwelling […]

Summer Meltdown —Texas Electricity Rates Could Explode!

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How High Will Texas Electricity Rates Be this Summer? ERCOT announced on April 30 that while Summer 2018 would be one the highest for demand, it has sufficient electric generation reserves to meet it. Even though it expects a demand peak of 72,756 MW, ERCOT said it had enough capacity and added, “total generation resource […]

Best New Prepaid Electricity In Houston

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Who has the best new prepaid electricity? Back in February we told you about the Valtricity 3Cent Intro Rate plan from Acacia Energy. At the time, it offered the best rate for prepaid electricity in Houston, But now, that plan is no longer available. So now there’s a new king of the mountain when it […]

Record-Setting Electricity Demand Expected For Texas Summer

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Is summer going to be hot in Texas? Saying the Texas summer will be hot is like saying the 4th of July fireworks will be colorful. Each year air conditioners and freezers work overtime whenever the weather gets unbearable. When the gurus of Texas energy consumption evaluate the future demand, they factor in the weather […]

Will Rising PV Panel Prices Overshadow Eclipse Pricing?

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It sounds like a great cosmic conjunction. The kind of thing that has practically never happened in living memory. Oh yeah —there’s that eclipse-thing, too. Seriously, who could have imagined a potential solar panel trade war happening during an presidency firmly committed to protecting and promoting fossil fuels. But the fact is that American solar […]

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 […]