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June 7, 2021

Analysis: The Texas electric grid and the improvements that didn’t come

The Texas Tribune
Texas lawmakers passed major bills in response to the winter storm power outages that killed hundreds of Texans in February. But there’s still a lot to […]
June 6, 2021

Texas Lawmakers Tackle Costs of Winter Freeze, Say More Action Needed

The Wall Street Journal
Texas spent more than $46 billion buying electricity during a single week, more than five times what it spent on electricity in all of 2020.
June 4, 2021

ERCOT Moves Quickly to Address Monitor’s Recommendations

RTO Insider
The result was 32 hours of prices clearing at $9,000/MWh in what the Monitor called “billing errors.” The PUC declined to reprice the $16 billion in […]
June 4, 2021

Exclusive one-on-one interview with Gov. Greg Abbott about failed voting bill

ABC 13
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he wants to use part of the special session to work on helping to fix the grid system, and to […]
June 3, 2021

Everyday Texans overlooked in state lawmakers’ response to power outages during winter storm

The Texas Tribune
But they did not provide direct relief for everyday Texans, many of whom lost jobs or loved ones during the pandemic and then went through yet […]
June 2, 2021

Texas lawmakers pass bills overhauling electric grid, increasing consumers costs

Kiowa County Press
Patrick said the Senate proposed a framework for a $3 billion fund to help consumers pay for electric rates that go up as electric companies pay […]
May 31, 2021

Lawmakers fail to enact deadline to weatherize power plants, natural gas facilities

WFAA 8 ABC
A major cause of the February winter storm power outages remains unaddressed as lawmakers prepare to leave town Monday. Critics say more must be done – […]
May 30, 2021

‘We have to make it right:’ money for ERCOT grid users rejected before session ends

NEWS4SA
A last-minute bi-partisan push to put money back in your pocket is no longer happening.
May 28, 2021

Texas Senate looks to tap rainy day fund to address ERCOT pricing error

Austin American-Statesman
“The entire supply chain failed up and down, and the result of that was extraordinary costs,” Hancock said. “What this bill seeks to do is make […]
May 27, 2021

San Antonio court prevents ERCOT from blocking CPS lawsuit

San Antonio Express-News
CPS Energy on Wednesday notched a win in its fight against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas when a court ruled the state’s power grid operator […]
May 25, 2021

As Texas power grid reforms take shape, natural gas suppliers evade scrutiny.

Houston Chronicle
“Everybody better buy their generators or their storage or whatever to put in their garage, because that basically means there would be nothing done to gas […]
May 25, 2021

Exxon Says It Can’t Be Charged $15.9M For Using Its Own Gas

Law 360
ExxonMobil Oil Corp. says in a new Texas state court lawsuit the owner of a storage facility where it keeps emergency reserves of natural gas is […]
May 24, 2021

CPS Energy CEO Gold-Williams: Rate increase – ‘an inevitability’ – could come this fall

San Antonio Report
According to options being considered by CPS Energy, customers could see their monthly bills go up between 6.5% and 9.5%. That would be $9.70-$14.60 per month […]
May 20, 2021

‘Collective amnesia’: Texas politicians knowingly blew 3 chances to fix the failing power grid

Houston Chronicle
“Everyone has been in denial,” said Alison Silverstein, a consultant who works with the U.S. Department of Energy and formerly served as a senior adviser at […]
May 18, 2021

Winners, losers emerge from Texas’ historic winter storm

Houston Chronicle
“In one week alone, Vistra spent more than twice the amount on natural gas than what we usually spend in one full year to power our […]
May 17, 2021

Commentary: Texas Legislature should help ratepayers weather storm

San Antonio Express-News
It would guarantee that Texans — especially low and middle-income consumers — will pay off Uri bills for years to come.  To prevent additional lawsuits and […]
May 13, 2021

Editorial: Who will pay for the failures of Texas’ winter storm? Consumers, apparently.

Who pays for that shoddy bookkeeping? Consumers. It’s ratepayers, including those who chose fixed-rate energy plans and have thus far avoided higher costs, who could end […]
May 12, 2021

Tomlinson: ERCOT made the February freeze fiasco worse. Texas electricity needs greater oversight.

Houston Chronicle
The Texas Legislature felt sure that the opportunity to make $9,000 a megawatt-hour during a crisis would incentivize generators to spend tens of millions on weatherization. […]
May 10, 2021

It’s Becoming Clearer Who Profited From The Blackouts, And That’s Raising Questions Of Price Gouging

KUT 90.5
“If a gas station raises prices from $2 to $5/gal during a hurricane they go to jail for price gouging,” UT Professor Michael Webber posted on […]
May 7, 2021

As Texas Went Dark, the State Paid Natural-Gas Companies to Go Offline

The Wall Street Journal
The Journal’s analysis of grid records shows that participants included dozens of critical pieces of natural-gas infrastructure. Ercot ordered them to stay off for more than […]