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CenterPoint Profits, Rates On The Rise

Thanks in large part to its repeated rate increases and customer growth, profits are up for CenterPoint Energy. That’s the word from the Houston Chronicle, which reported this week that its hometown electricity and natural gas distributor made profits of $135 million...

Report: Even With Excessive Profits, Gas Utilities Still Hike Rates

In Texas, gas utilities already reporting excessive profits frequently seek permission to charge their customers even more. But rather than rejecting those requests outright, regulators typically green light them with almost no questions asked. That dramatic finding,...

TCAP Updates Electric Deregulation Annual Report

It was with the promise of better prices and choices that state lawmakers in 1999 adopted the Texas electric deregulation law. Newly minted electric companies would compete for customers. In theory, market forces would keep a lid on bills. How has Texas fared since...

New wind record in Texas

Wind generation briefly topped the 15,000-megawatt mark this month, achieving a new record for total instantaneous wind power output in Texas. Wind turbines cranked out 15,033 MW of electricity at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, reported ERCOT, the operator of the state’s main...

SmartMeterTexas website comes under PUC review

The extra bells and whistles – and who, ultimately, pays for them – has taken center stage in an ongoing debate over the state’s under-utilized SmartMeterTexas website for electric consumers. The website, in theory, can help Texans save money by providing them with...

Typhoon Power: Device Captures Massive Wind Bursts

Imagine giant spinning egg beaters that produce electricity, but enough for an entire nation. That’s how Japanese inventor Atsushi Shimizu describes his new invention, an odd-shaped wind turbine designed to harness the power of tropical cyclones. “For decades, Japan...

Utilities Warn Pokemon Go Players: Don’t Get Zapped!

Don’t want to get zapped? Then think twice before getting too close to utility equipment in your quest for Pikachu. That’s the message from electric utility operators after the berserk release this month of “Pokemon Go,” the new online app that has millions of...

PUC’s Nelson Pushes for PowerToChoose Reform

Change for the better could soon be coming to the state’s electric shopping website under reforms promoted by Public Utility Commission chairwoman Donna Nelson. The website,, has been around since 2002, the very beginning of retail electric...

Who is the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP)?

FOR MEMBERS, BY MEMBERS The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) is proud to be governed by a 15-member board of directors from 15 different political subdivisions -- including representatives from each of ERCOT’s four zones. TCAP is a for-members, by-members...

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