Texas utility regulator to investigate indexed retail electric providers following massive electric bills

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After hearing reports of some Texans receiving massive electrical bills, the state’s utility regulator said it’s investigating companies that offer their customers rates that fluctuate based on the spot price of wholesale electricity. The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Wednesday announced the probe into what are known as indexed retail electric providers. While these …

Resigning ERCOT board members acknowledge “pain and suffering” from extreme power grid strain that caused outages for millions of Texans

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In the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ first meeting since a historic winter storm caused the near-collapse of Texas’ power grid, the director of the board acknowledged the “pain and suffering” that millions of Texans experienced during prolonged power outages — then resigned along with five other board members. Leaders of ERCOT on Wednesday briefed …

Watch live results here for Tuesday night’s special election to replace Drew Springer in the Texas House

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Voters in northern Texas are going to the polls Tuesday to fill the last vacant seat in the Texas Legislature. Republicans David Spiller and Craig Carter are facing off in a special election runoff to fill the state House seat vacated by Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, who recently was elected to the state Senate. You …

ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas are resigning in the aftermath of the power outage, winter storm

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Five board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas — the entity that manages and operates the electricity grid that covers much of Texas — will resign on Wednesday, according to a notice to …

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

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Here’s how Texans can apply for federal help to recover from the devastating winter storm

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Texans in more than 100 counties can begin applying for federal assistance to help them recover from last week’s massive winter storm that caused widespread power outages, water disruptions and building damages from burst pipes. And the number of counties whose residents qualify for such aid could grow “as more work is done to evaluate …