POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Aug. 26, 2014

Electricity use declining; Texas demand peaks Monday; Geographic price variations


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • New technologies, efficiency standards and consumer behavior are adding up to lower electricity use in Texas since the most recent peak in summer 2011, even as the number of people and companies moving to the state climbs, the Dallas Morning News reports.
  • Texas set a record for electricity demand late Monday afternoon, reaching 66,427 megawatts, the Dallas Business Journal reports. The peak was still short of August projections and the all-time peak usage of more than 68,000 MW on Aug. 3, 2011.

  • Dallas and Houston have the lowest available retail electric prices of any big city in America, former Texas Public Utility Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman says. But according to Fuel Fix, what Texans pay for electricity may depend on where they live, leading some critics to call for an overhaul of the state’s deregulated system.

 

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