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Texas Electric Usage Surges to New Records in July

Texans, for the second day in a row, set back-to-back records on Thursday for electric consumption. Sometime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., system demand reached 73,259 megawatts, according to the state's primary grid operator. That surpassed the previous record of 72,691...

Blog: New Oncor Owner Faces Credit Review; Ratepayers Insulated

The California-based company that recently acquired Oncor is under review for a potential credit downgrade — in part because of its purchase of the Texas utility. Oncor is the largest electric utility in Texas. In April it was acquired by California-based Sempra...


More than $360,000 — that’s how much Texas Coalition for Affordable Power members are now receiving back in government tax refunds thanks to special investigative work by one of TCAP’s expert energy consultants. Approximately half of TCAP’s 160 political subdivision...

TCAP REPORT: Despite Price Gap, Deregulated Market Shows Gains

Average residential electricity prices in areas of Texas with retail electric competition declined during a recent 10-year period, while average prices in deregulation-exempt areas increased. And although residential electric prices in areas with retail electric...

ANNOUNCEMENT: Dalworthington Gardens Joins TCAP

DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS — The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, the largest coalition of cities and special districts of its kind in the state, welcomes its newest member — the City of Dalworthington Gardens. TCAP is a non-profit purchasing consortium of cities and...

Oncor Seeks PUC Permission to Add to Home Electric Bills

In paperwork filed this month at the Texas Public Utility Commission, Oncor, the electric utility serving customers around Dallas and Fort Worth, has indicated its intention to increase rates by $19 million annually. In seeking the increase, Oncor has invoked...

TCAP REPORT: Electric Deregulation Market Annual Gets New Update

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...

ERCOT Predicts Peak Electric Usage this Summer

Predicted record-breaking electricity usage and tightening power reserves could make for a challenging summer for ERCOT, the Texas grid operator. Also known as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the organization released two reports on Thursday — including a...

Texas Gas Utility Bills Increase, Despite Falling Commodity Costs

Natural gas commodity prices are less than half what they were in 2004 and yet average home gas bills have gone up. How can this be? Why aren’t Texans enjoying real savings in their gas utility bills? The answer relates to pipeline and distribution charges, which are...

Wind Power to Surpass Coal in Texas, Expert Predicts

With the expected retirement of several aging plants and the continued growth of wind power, the production of electricity from wind turbines may soon supersede that from coal in Texas. That’s the word from University of Texas-Austin research fellow Joshua Rhodes, who...

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