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CBS Dallas: ERCOT Expecting Record Electricity Use During Extreme Cold

Feb. 11 — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Thursday, Feb. 11, it is expecting record electric use as a result of the extreme cold temperatures that have already reached much of the ERCOT region.

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Texas Observer: The Sunniest City in Texas is Expanding … Natural Gas Production

Feb. 10 — After New Mexico rejected a proposal for the El Paso power plant, the Biden administration could be El Paso’s last line of defense.

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Dallas Morning News: Plano solar co-op encourages residents to embrace renewable energy

Feb. 10 — “We are pleased to support this nonprofit and community-driven effort to increase access to solar for Plano residents,” Yarcus Lewis, sustainability projects supervisor for the city of Plano, said in a prepared statement. “This program is in line with our clean air goals and we hope residents from all of Plano’s neighborhoods will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about solar energy and see if it’s right for them.”

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Utility Dive: CPS Energy asks San Antonio community to weigh in on fate of coal plant built in 2010

Feb. 10 — CPS has adopted a new “flexible” approach to resource planning with greater public input to adjust to the current rapid pace of technological change and avoid stranded assets, according to company Chief Operating Officer Chris Eugster. The utility introduced its “flexible path” three years ago, which has led the company to consider smaller investments in newer technology as opposed to maintaining a large power plant.

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Texas Tribune: West Texas is on track to get even more nuclear waste — thanks to the federal government

Feb. 10 — A hazardous waste disposal company in Andrews County wants to handle more dangerous levels of nuclear waste. Federal agencies are pondering new rules that could allow more of it to come to Texas.

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RTO Insider: Former Mich. Regulator Talberg to Chair ERCOT Board

Feb. 10 — ERCOT’s Board of Directors elected newcomer Sally Talberg to a three-year term as its chair and six-year veteran Peter Cramton as its vice chair.

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Houston Chronicle: Railroad Commission signals flaring crackdown

Feb. 9 — Texas’s energy regulator is taking an uncharacteristically critical approach toward burning off excess natural gas, a sign that growing pressure from environmentalists and investors to curb the controversial practice is paying off.

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Corpus Christi Caller-Times: ‘Energy is nonpartisan,’ Texas Railroad Commission Chair says

Feb. 8 — During a USA Today Network panel discussion, Texas Railroad Commission Chair Christi Craddick talked about the future of oil and gas in the state.

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Texas Tribune: Analysis: Texas tries to make the connections on broadband internet

Feb. 8 — Texans stuck at home need high-speed internet for schooling, for work, for shopping, for medicine, for entertainment — the live, in-person activities we all took for granted a year ago. Sounds simple enough, but there’s a lot to untangle.

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