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EFH Board Member Recognized for Achievement, Character, Citizenship

Billie Williamson named SMU Distinguished Alumni

Billie Williamson

Billie Williamson

Billie Williamson, a member of EFH’s board of directors, will be honored today with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern Methodist University. She is one of four business and civic leaders who will receive this year’s award, the highest honor SMU gives to its graduates.

Williamson was one of the first women partners at Ernst & Young LLP, where she worked to significantly advance women and minorities in the public accounting profession. Williamson also held executive positions at AMX and Marriott. Now retired, Williams is helping nurture a pipeline of future women leaders.

In addition to serving as chair of EFH’s board audit committee, she serves on the boards of directors of Pentair plc and Janus Capital Group, as well as the boards of the Dallas Symphony Foundation and a number of Dallas charities.

Every Day is Giving Day

Building a better tomorrow for Texans a focus of company's commitment to communities

uw-bythenumbers-2015Our company is rooted in the traditions of Texas and close community ties. That’s why we support the growth and quality of life of all Texans with strong relationships with, and generous donations of time and resources to, local organizations that help change lives.

Our annual United Way and TXU Energy Aid campaign is tangible evidence of that priority.

Last year, we put $2.1 million and 1,900 employee volunteer hours to work in Texas communities, supporting more than 100 programs that provide Texans access to educational, financial and health resources. This year, the people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy were honored to partner with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to help Silence the Growl by ensuring every at-risk student at a Plano elementary school received healthy meals all summer. We also joined in celebrating the agency’s 90 years of changing lives and were proud of our employee volunteers who were recognized for volunteering thousands of hours promoting literacy.

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POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Sept. 14, 2015

Cyber security threats increasing, experts encourage mitigating measures; Natural gas supply outpaces summer power generation

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Cyber attacks on the nation’s energy infrastructure are increasing and a recent study found that “in a 48 month period ending nearly a year ago that 1,131 attacks occurred, with 159 of those successful,” Forbes reports. “Grid operations are being protected by everything from frequent password changes to periodic patches to firewalls and upgrades. But it’s a never-ending battle. Setting priorities by identifying high-value assets and then restricting access is a good start, all while ensuring employees are well-trained and well-vetted.”
  • At a House Committee hearing, cyber security experts said the energy industry “suffers from “inconsistent threat information” and called for updates to the legal framework around cybersecurity information sharing between utilities,” USA Today reports. Educating the cybersecurity workforce, updating aging infrastructure and ensuring adequate backup equipment is in place can help mitigate risks, the experts said.
  • “In Texas, gas was burned to generate 15 percent more electricity in June than a year-earlier and 19 percent more in July than in 2014,” Argus Media reports on ERCOT data. Nationwide, power generators produced 2 percent more electricity this summer than last year, due in part to abundant, low-cost natural gas.
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Power Breakfast for Sept. 11, 2015

Appeals court refuses to block Clean Power Plan, House panel delays coal mining rule

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

  • A federal court has rejected an appeal to block to the Clean Power Plant, ruling that the petitioners must wait for the rule to be published in the Federal Register before they can file a lawsuit, Utility Dive reports.
  • A House panel approved a bill that delays a rule intended to protect waterways near coal mining operations. The Hill reports, “Republicans have slammed the rule, arguing [the Office of Surface Mining] has not been transparent in its formulation and that federal officials didn’t take states’ input into consideration.” The bill now moves to the House for consideration.
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Power Breakfast for Sept. 9, 2015

Solar installations on record pace, Clean Power Plan battle continues

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

  • The U.S. is on track to install a record 7.7 gigawatts of solar power this year, putting total solar capacity at more than 20 gigawatts, Bloomberg reports.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he will continue work to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan rules. The Hill writes: “That includes using the appropriations process to block the rule, or a measure of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. He also repeated his call for state governors to refuse compliance with the rule, questioning whether it will survive legal challenges.”

EFH’s Stacey Doré Featured in Dallas Morning News

Smarts, hard work pay off for company’s general counsel

Dore_connect_rotator“Our job is to identify the issues or problems and come up with solutions,” EFH’s Stacey Doré tells The Dallas Morning News. “But we must do it with integrity, and we must always do what is in the best interest of the company.”

Doré, who is one of the few female general counsels at a Fortune 500 company, and one of the youngest, is featured in the newspaper’s Sunday Business section.

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Summer 2015 in Review

DFW records fewer triple-digit days, but warmer than normal temps

summer-degrees-900While autumn officially doesn’t start until Sept. 23, the meteorological summer just ended on Aug. 31 and, as Luminant’s Chief Meteorologist explains, it was warmer than normal in North Texas.

From June through August, the average temperature at DFW Airport was 85.6 degrees, Michael Whitehead says. “This average temperature was 1.5F degrees above normal, which made summer 2015 the 18th warmest on record.”

Although the humidity made the heat index feel like 103 to 105 for much of July, DFW didn’t top 100 degrees until July 26.

“A bit of good news is that the record rains of May (16.96 inches at DFW) ended the state’s severe drought and contributed to a summer with fewer than normal 100-degree days,” Whitehead says. “DFW recorded 13 days with triple-digit highs vs. the normal 18 days.”

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POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Sept. 2, 2015

ERCOT expects sufficient supplies for colder months; Coal power generation may increase, experts predict

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • The state’s electric grid should have sufficient supply for fall and winter, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas announced Tuesday. While the El Nino weather event could bring colder days, Fuel Fix reports, the agency expects to maintain at least 3,500 megawatts of reserve power even during the most extreme peak demand.
  • Coal-fueled power may see slight increases in demand before the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan takes effect in 2022, Bloomberg reports of a JP Morgan analysis. While coal’s share of the nation’s power generation fell to 30 percent in April, experts believe falling anything further will be difficult until more pipelines and gas power plants are developed.