NBC DFW: Texas PUC Requires Power Plants Fix Issues Related to Winter Outages

Oct. 21 — The Texas Public Utility Commission approved new mandatory rules Thursday requiring power plants to fix problems that caused outages last winter.

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KHOU 11: New winterization rules approved by PUC to make Texas power grid more reliable

Oct. 21 — New requirements take effect December 1, but violators still have a “reasonable amount of time” to comply under new state rules.

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Texas Tribune: Oil industry helped handpick members of Texas advisory group for electric grid reliability, emails show

Oct. 21 — Oil and gas industry groups provided a list of names to the Railroad Commission for appointment to a council formed in response to the February power crisis. All four of the industry’s top choices were selected.

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Texas Tribune: Power companies required to better prepare plants for winter in first phase of rule approved by Texas regulators

Oct. 21 — The state Public Utility Commission adopted a rule — which experts first recommended a decade ago following a winter storm — requiring power companies to use “best efforts” to ensure plants can operate in the winter.

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Utility Dive: Texas regulators consider ‘quasi-capacity’ market system

Oct. 22 — Generators and transmission operators will need to weatherize their systems ahead of winter as Texas regulators consider “monumental” market changes.

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Power Engineering Magazine: Could energy efficiency and demand response solve Texas’ energy woes?

Oct. 20 — While stakeholders await new rules and regulations expected to be released this week by the public utilities commission (PUC), ACEEE wants the commission to be aware of just how much could be gained by a combination of energy efficiency upgrades and the use of DER for demand response.

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KVIA TV: City Council denies El Paso Electric rate increase

Oct. 20 — In a unanimous vote El Paso City Council denied El Paso Electric’s proposed rate increase. El Paso Electric proposed an increase of about $11.76 a month for the average residential customer.

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WFAA TV: ERCOT monitoring ‘type conditions’ of the state’s energy grid

Oct. 20 — No conservation alerts have been issued for customers yet. But sources said ERCOT is in contact with its industrial customers to talk about their energy usage.

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KENS 5: Consumer solutions to lowering winter power demand and bills

Oct. 19 — Energy experts give recommendations on how energy efficient programs can help lower the demand for power and keep customers warm during peak winter demand.

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