Proton Energy Customers Sent to Default Service

Proton Energy Customers Sent to Default Service

Proton Energy, the electric company that couldn’t shoot straight, has finally been shot down. The Texas Public Utility Commission this week revoked Proton’s license and ordered the transfer of all of  its customers to default service, an action that effectively...
“Small Fish” Swim Free in Texas Electricity Market

“Small Fish” Swim Free in Texas Electricity Market

The “small fish swim free” rule — a controversial regulation that critics say could leave the door open to manipulation of the Texas energy market — lives on. By a 3-0 vote last week, members of the Texas Public Utility Commission rejected a request to nullify the...
Proton Energy Customers Sent to Default Service

Embattled electric company owner accepts penalty, ban

Here’s a quick update about Proton Energy, the tiny Texas retail electric company who couldn”t. Staff at the Texas Public Utility Commission earlier accused Proton of being a serial rules violator. On Friday, the three commissioners approved a legal settlement...
Solar versus Wind Power: The Gap Narrows?

Solar versus Wind Power: The Gap Narrows?

True fact #1: Texas leads all other states for its development of wind power. True fact #2: On a per capita basis, Texas trails almost all states for the development of solar power. Wind power has raced ahead in Texas, while solar power has continued to sputter. But...
Consumer Complaints Target Electric Companies

Consumer Complaints Target Electric Companies

In a sign of continuing challenges for Texas electricity consumers, a number of power retailers have been accused in high-profile cases of deceptive marketing and other abuses. The complaints have led to unflattering news accounts and unwelcome regulatory scrutiny for...