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Sep 01 2011

ERCOT Reviews Impact of Cross State Air Pollution Rule

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid operator and manager of the wholesale electric market, released today an evaluation of the potential impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule on generation facilities in ERCOT, as requested by the Public Utility Commission in July 2011. The report, “Impacts […]

Aug 24 2011

ERCOT Delcares Level One Energy Emergency

Texans are being asked to conserve electricity as the The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) saw its operating reserves dropped below 2,300 megawatts due to the extreme heat. “We are asking Texas residents and businesses to reduce their electricity use until 7 p.m. today,” ERCOT vice president Kent Saathoff said in a press release.  […]

Aug 04 2011

From ERCOT – Power Warning – Conservation Critical

Austin, Aug.4, 2011 — Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today to avert the need for rotating outages. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 at 2:26 […]

Aug 02 2011

Texas grid operator calls on consumers to conserve to avoid blackouts

The Texas electricity grid operator called on consumers to conserve electricity this afternoon, and every afternoon this week, because the heat is keeping supply tight. Consumers should cut demand between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. as much as possible this week, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Monday in a news release. “The ERCOT […]

May 13 2011

Texas posts 30 percent increase in energy from renewable sources – Voluntary participation in renewable energy credits up 45 percent

Texas posted a 30 percent increase in energy generated by renewable sources in 2010, according to the state’s renewable energy credits registry administered by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of the state. The renewable energy recorded in the state’s renewable energy credit program was 28 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in […]

Apr 26 2011

Pecan Street Project, NREL and UT begin design of Home Research Lab

(AUSTIN – April 26, 2011)  – Pecan Street Project announced today that it has acquired a site and will soon begin construction of a smart grid interoperability research facility. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will lead the programming and technical specification development for the facility, which will be located in Austin’s Mueller […]

Mar 28 2011

Pecan Street Aims to Crack HAN Nut: RFI open to home energy management vendors

With DOE grant money in hand, the Pecan Street Project, based in Austin, TX, is aiming to spur the evolution of grid-connected home energy management with a project it calls the Energy Internet Demonstration. Housed at the University of Texas, the project team is allocating half a million dollars to run up to five home […]

Mar 23 2011

From FW Star-Telegram: Electricity deregulation paying off for Texans

By Mitchell Schnurman, mschnurman@star-telegram.com It has been a decade since Texas deregulated residential electricity, so how about checking the scoreboard? Consumers are finally winning big time. In competitive markets, they have plenty of power and plenty of options, at prices far lower than when dereg began. In North Texas, it’s easy to find electricity for […]

Feb 16 2011

Texas Lawmakers question industry leaders about rolling blackouts

State regulators tried to assure Texas senators Tuesday that they have the necessary authority to fix the problems that led to the Feb. 2 rolling blackouts, but some lawmakers remained skeptical. Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said he wouldn’t want to rush to judgment after one hearing, but he said rolling blackouts are not acceptable. “We […]

Feb 08 2011

Power Watch – Conservation Needed

Grid Operator Taking Extra Steps to Avoid Electricity Shortage as Severe Cold Weather Returns February 8, 2011 – Consumers and businesses are encouraged to reduce their electricity use during peak demand hours over the next few days from 6 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 8 p.m. to help reduce the risk of electricity emergencies or the […]

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  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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