Energy News for the Texas Market

Houstonians paid 9.4 percent more for power last year

By: L.M. Sixel |

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Houston-area residents paid 9.4 percent more for electricity in November compared with a year earlier, reflecting fears of shortages in the wholesale electricity market that drove up power prices.

The market was concerned whether there were enough supplies of electricity, especially after […]

2018-12-17T11:39:22-05:00December 17th, 2018|Texas Market|

When summer arrives, Texas’ electricity reserve margins will be tight

By: L.M. Sixel |

Higher-than-expected demand for electricity coupled with cancellations of planned power generation projects will leave less room for error in the coming summer, according to the manager of the state’s power grid.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is forecasting next summer’s reserve margin for electricity, an important measure of the cushion […]

2018-12-06T13:12:44-05:00December 4th, 2018|Texas Market|

Complaints about Texas electricity billing at a 3-year high

By: L.M. Sixel |

The number of electricity complaints and concerns lodged with Texas regulators during the past year stands hit  new three-year high, reversing a generally downward trend in complaints about electricity service, according to a new study.

Texans filed 5,400 complaints and inquiries with the Public Utility Commission last year, nearly […]

2018-11-14T12:46:32-05:00November 14th, 2018|Texas Market|

3 reasons Texas’ electric grid survived a summer that pushed its limits

By: Kim Rainwater |

As the hot summer approached, state leaders expressed concern about potential blackouts and brownouts. Yet, thoughtful planning, a functional electricity market, and clean energy helped ensure the lights stayed on.

Power outage concerns­­

Hotter temperatures and continued population and commercial growth drove record electricity demand this past summer. Additionally, in early […]

2018-10-26T12:32:26-05:00October 26th, 2018|Texas Market|

Oncor acquires West Texas power lines in $1.3 billion deal with Hunt family

By: Conor Shine |

Dallas-based electricity distributor Oncor plans to bulk up its Texas transmission network with a $1.3 billion acquisition of the Hunt family-owned InfraREIT, the companies announced Thursday.

The deal will give Oncor and its majority owner, San Diego-based Sempra Energy, control of Hunt-owned infrastructure including power lines in the Panhandle and […]

2018-10-19T10:19:53-05:00October 19th, 2018|Texas Market|