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Energy Interns: Back-to-Back Summers with Luminant

Learning what it means to power Texas

Midway through the fall semester, aspiring college students begin looking ahead to the summer – not for a long vacation, but for internship opportunities to further their education. How do students find a company that is the best fit and aligns with their career goals? Just ask these three Energy Interns who have returned for back-to-back summer internships with Luminant.


Troy RakestrawTroy Rakestraw, mechanical engineering major at Texas A&M University, four-time Luminant intern

  • Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? Returning to Luminant for multiple internships has exposed me to larger portion of the business. I have been able to work at a gas plant, a coal plant and a central engineering support office.
  • The different challenges and projects at each of these workplaces has allowed me to grow as an engineer (and helped me academically). My experience working for Luminant has provided me insight to the variety of work available to an engineer. Above all else, I have enjoyed the people I have been fortunate enough to work with throughout my internships.
  • Why did you pick engineering as your major? I was drawn to engineering because of my curiosity to understand how things work. Power plants contain some of the largest and most powerful equipment across many industries. I am particularly interested in combustion turbines and combined cycle plants.


HineshRathodHinesh Rathod, electrical engineering major at Texas A&M University, two-time Luminant intern

  • Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? I came back to Luminant because of the company culture. Everyone is open to answering questions and there’s value to the work I do because the site needs the projects that I work on.
  • Going into my first internship last summer at Sandow, I didn’t know what to expect. This summer I am at Oak Grove, and the best part about being on site is that I can put my eyes and hands on the equipment that I am working on. This helps me put things into perspective to learn about what that piece of equipment is actually doing. The hands-on experience I have gained is the best part of this company’s internship program.
  • Why did you pick engineering as your major? Growing up, I always took apart radios, TVs and computers to fix them, so by the time I applied for college, I knew what I wanted to do.

Aaron Weittenhiller2Aaron Weittenhiller
, electrical engineering major at the University of Texas at Dallas, two-time Luminant intern

  • Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? After working at the Energy Resource Center last summer, I was offered another internship at the Martin Lake Power Plant. Knowing that working at a power plant would provide me with a new experience, one that allows me to witness large electrical systems and gain a first-hand understanding of how they work, I was eager to get out there and see it for myself.
  • It is an honorable thing to be responsible for powering Texas. Additionally, from an electrical standpoint, it is amazing to watch how principles like Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction can be mastered on such a large scale. The power plant is truly an engineer’s playground.
  • Why did you pick engineering as your major? I’ve always thought in terms of ones and zeros, so circuit boards just seem to speak my language. This industry provides the foundation for so many other industries to be successful.


Instagram_App_Large_May2016Visit EFH on Instagram to find out what our interns have been up to this summer by searching for “#EnergyInterns.”

Healthy Meals for Hungry Kids

How we’re fueling one Texas school for the entire summer

This summer, students at Meadows Elementary in Plano aren’t filling their backpacks with homework. Instead ,they’re bringing home a weekend’s worth of healthy food every Friday.

Thanks to the generosity of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy employees, 1,500 backpacks and nearly $10,000 are feeding every at-risk student at Meadows Elementary for the entire summer.

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Like Father, Like Sons

Trio Celebrates Father’s Day at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant

Luminant’s Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant is more than a workplace for Ron, Chris and Stephen Carver – it’s a family tradition. Dad Ron, who recently retired from the plant, leaves two sons to carry on his legacy: Chris, a systems engineer, and Stephen, a cyber-security intern.

In honor of Father’s Day, the Carvers share what it’s like to power Texas together.

Stephen, Ron and Chris Carver outside Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.

What drew you to work at Comanche Peak?

Ron: After working for a utility during college at the University of Oklahoma, I was wooed by the idea of working with state-of-the-art equipment at a nuclear plant.

Chris: With the demand for power growing exponentially, there is a great need to maintain the current fleet of power plants, as well as construct future stations. Nuclear energy will play a large role as an available 24/7 option for large amounts of electricity that is both affordable and reliable.

Stephen: Cyber security is a passion of mine, and nuclear generation is a growing industry that cyber security is a huge part of. As the need for nuclear power evolves and grows, the need and importance of cyber security will grow, too. Since cyber security is something I’m really interested in, this internship is a great opportunity to test out if this it truly what I want to do with my life.

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EFH Contributes More Than $25,000 to Red Cross Spring Storm Relief

Employee donations help fund recovery efforts in Texas and Oklahoma, support inaugural Red Cross Giving Day

RedCross_Logo_featureIn response to the destructive flooding and severe spring storms in Texas and Oklahoma, Energy Future Holdings has donated more than $25,000 to the American Red Cross’s disaster relief efforts.

In addition to a corporate donation, the company activated a Red Cross microsite to give employees an easy way to donate to recovery efforts and to support the organization’s first-ever National Giving Day. EFH’s support also extends to the Red Cross’s global network to provide aid to those in Nepal and other areas affected by natural disasters.

“With the recent devastating floods in Texas and Oklahoma, we know that the recovery can take a lot of time and an incredible amount of resources,” said Kelli Rod, vice president of community affairs for EFH. “We activated our Red Cross microsite because we know our employees have concerns for our customers and neighbors around Texas, and for communities around the world.”

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Silencing the Growl

Employees raise funds to end summer hunger for at-risk students

EFH's Cecily Gooch (right) recently joined United Way CEO Jennifer Sampson (center) on WFAA-TV to spotlight Energy in Action's recent efforts to help end summer hunger in North Texas.

EFH’s Cecily Gooch, right, recently joined United Way CEO Jennifer Sampson, center, on WFAA-TV to spotlight the company’s recent efforts to help end summer hunger in North Texas.

Students at Meadows Elementary School in Plano make up some of the 260,000 North Texas children who are qualified to receive free and reduced-priced meals during the school year. But when school lets out for the summer, those students may not be able to count on these meals from one day to the next.

Aiming to fill this gap, the people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy joined with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Silence the Growl initiative, giving $8,000 and hundreds of backpacks to ensure every at-risk student at Meadows Elementary gets the healthy meals they need to thrive all summer long.

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Energy In Action Soars in Second Year

Employee volunteers find creative ways to contribute to causes, communities across Texas

TRMcollageIn 2014, the people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy stepped up their efforts to give back to Texas communities in a big way. In fact, participation in our corporate-wide volunteer program Energy In Action increased by more than 50 percent in the program’s second year.

“Our service from 2014 has had a measurable impact on our communities,” said Andrea Pelosi, Energy in Action chair. “There’s a real enthusiasm from our employees to give to a variety of causes, including hosting reading days for children, coordinating blood drives, running in 5Ks, sorting meals at food banks and collecting clothes and toys to help the economically challenged. I’m so proud of our creativity to find ways to help our communities, and I can’t wait to see what we achieve in 2015.”

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Energy Plaza Named Outstanding Building Second Year in a Row

Recycling, indoor pollution control and water conservation programs elements of building’s sustainability initiatives

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UPDATE (April 21, 2015): Energy Plaza recently won the Regional Outstanding Building of the Year award in the Earth category by the Building Owners and Managers Association and will go on to compete at the international level in June. 

Thanks to continuing efforts to go green, Energy Plaza, the downtown Dallas headquarters of EFH and Luminant, has been named Outstanding Building of the Year in the Earth category by the Building Owners and Managers Association for two consecutive years. The Earth award recognizes building management teams that preserve and enhance the environment through an all-around sustainability program.

Partnering with Transwestern, the Energy Plaza facilities team has led a multiyear effort to bolster its green initiatives through recycling, indoor pollution control and water conservation programs for the 1.2-million-square-foot building.

Sustainability initiatives include: