Energy News for the 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|

Oncor customers targeted by impostors using robocalls to fish for credit card numbers

By: Sara Magalio |

Oncor Electric Delivery is warning customers in the Dallas area about a scam using robocalls to fish for credit card numbers and threaten to cut off electricity service.

According to the utility company, customers have received recorded calls from a now-defunct number — 1-800-607-0690 — notifying them of imminent outages in the area.

When customers […]

2018-10-03T10:20:35-05:00October 3rd, 2018|Texas Market|

AEP to shut down North Texas coal-fired power plant

By: Kallanish Energy |

American Electric Power announced last week that it will shut down its coal-fired Oklaunion Power Station by September 2020, Kallanish Energy reports.

The 690-megawatt plant in Vernon, Texas, is unable to compete with cheaper electricity from renewables and natural gas-fired power plants in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot) […]

2018-09-28T09:27:13-05:00September 28th, 2018|Texas Market|

Regulators crack down on power companies that don’t offer same deals to English, Spanish speakers

By: L.M. Sixel |

State regulators put retail electricity providers on notice Friday that if they don’t offer the same electricity plans to their Spanish-speaking customers as they do to their English-speaking ones, the Public Utility Commission will yank them off the state’s Power to Choose website, where millions of Texans shop for […]

2018-09-17T12:39:01-05:00September 17th, 2018|Texas Market|