Texans Continue Paying Too Much for Electricity

Texans Continue Paying Too Much for Electricity

Although some electric retailers have cut prices in recent weeks, Texas consumers continue paying too much for power, according to an analysis of federal data. The Energy Information Administration, a federal agency that collects information about the electric...
Chicken Problems for the Texas Wind Industry?

Chicken Problems for the Texas Wind Industry?

In case you missed it, the Associated Press has an interesting story this week about a small bird that’s leading to big headaches for the wind industry. Known as the “lesser prairie chicken,” the bird is apparently very close to being listed as threatened or...
Oncor’s White Elephant

Oncor’s White Elephant

“Bagging a white elephant” — that’s how the Dallas Morning News characterized moves by Oncor to purchase nearly 900,000 automated meters now considered to be obsolete because they fail to meet state guidelines. In his June 5th front page article, reporter Steve...
KHOU-TV: Houstonians Paying Too Much for Power?

KHOU-TV: Houstonians Paying Too Much for Power?

More than $1 billion — that’s how much Houstonians pay in excess electricity costs each year under deregulation, according to a recent segment on KHOU-TV in Houston. Reporter Dave Fehling noted that residents in San Antonio and Austin — two cities...
Surcharges, Surcharges and more Surcharges

Surcharges, Surcharges and more Surcharges

There’s been plenty of extra costs and surcharges loaded onto consumer electric bills as the result of various legislative actions. Here’s a partial list of bills adopted during the last several sessions – and the potential impact on Texas electric ratepayers. Senate...
Texas vs. the United States

Texas vs. the United States

When it comes to making excuses for the high cost of power, the industry likes to compare apples to oranges. For instance, industry reps have compared current Texas prices to nationwide prices from five months ago – even though nationwide prices have come down since...