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Another Texas utility facing sky-high electric bills requests help from PUCT

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative, a not-for profit rural electric generation and transmission cooperative that provides the wholesale power to four rural electric distribution cooperatives in Northeast Texas, today announced it has filed a petition...

ERCOT board fires CEO Magness in wake of Texas February power freezeout

Staff and wire reports Another political victim has fallen in the aftermath of Texas’ disastrous power outages during the historic February freeze. The board of directors for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas canned CEO Bill...

Financial freeze from winter storm sends Texas electric coop into Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The deep freeze that knocked out much of the Texas grid has claimed a key power provider as one of its first financial victims. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, which serves more than 1.5 million customers...

For Texas, the past was not prologue in the 2021 electricity fiasco

During an emergency board meeting of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) today, Bill Magness, ERCOT CEO, outlined the events that took place between February 14 and 18 that ultimately led to the...

Has privatization failed Texas utility customers?

Relative electricity prices have increased dramatically, and dangerously lower electrical system reliability is the result of Texas electric utility deregulation in 2002

Texas Gov. calls for ERCOT leaders to resign in wake of rolling blackouts during...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called for an emergency investigation of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and its handling of the statewide power outages during a historic cold snap. Abbott, a Republican, has called...

Extreme weather prompts emergency declarations for transmission grid operators

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) declared a Maximum Generation Event – Emergency Event Step 2c in its South Region due to the extreme cold and weather conditions causing high demand on the bulk...

US groups launch “˜Macro Grid Initiative’ to integrate renewables and create resilience

Coming on the heels of an announcement out of Germany regarding its new transmission line that will bring offshore wind energy from its northern regions to its southern manufacturing centers, two groups in the U.S. have launched...

Duke Energy wind project in Texas now producing energy

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, announced that its 200-MW Mesteño Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy's fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.

The almighty load: How electricity is finding a new religion

Since the beginning, the bulk power market has operated in response to the load. With no way to store electricity once it was generated, power system operations dispatched generation to meet load and built capacity to levels that ensured maximum demand would be met with reserves.