Texas Public Utility Commission Chairman resigns
Peter Lake, the Public Utility Commission Chairman who oversaw the implementation of bipartisan reforms to the Texas electric grid following Winter Storm Uri in 2021, has resigned.
Power rate hike rebate during winter storms possible, court ruling reveals
The bills that followed provided a shock that energy analysts like Ed Hirs, a University of Houston energy fellow, described as unnecessary and unfair.
State legislators propose additional changes to improve Texas power grid
State legislators are proposing more changes to Texas's power grid, two years after Winter Storm Uri caused widespread outages. Doug Lewin, president of Stoic Energy, joins FOX 7 Austin's John Krinjak to discuss.
Appeals court says state agency set electricity prices too high during 2021 winter storm
The actions by the Public Utility Commission led to billions of dollars of overcharges, the Austin-based court found. It’s not yet clear if the ruling will affect consumers.
Lakefront neighborhood transforms into surreal frozen wonderland after blizzard's onslaught
The community of Crystal Beach, just across the water and border from Buffalo, found itself blasted by wind-blown spray off Lake Erie for hours as temperatures dipped into single digits, freezing all the water draped along the homes' lake-facing side.
ERCOT issues request: "An electric reliability emergency exists" within Texas
ERCOT requested the Department of Energy for an emergency order to exceed the emissions limit, only if they have to in order to maintain power grid operations.
ERCOT discuss grid reliability, readiness for upcoming winter months
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and ERCOT held a news conference to update Texans on grid reliability and readiness for the upcoming winter months.
Texas grid survives energy demand, but concerns remain over ERCOT’s summer preparedness
Heat conditions led ERCOT to raise its alert status to yellow Monday afternoon. If it reaches red, that means residents should prepare for outages. Black means ERCOT has instructed local utilities to begin controlled outages.
How companies use rolling blackouts to manage the power grid
Utility companies cut power to one area for a few hours and then another region to prevent widespread outages
Allen business gets $82,000 electric bill for service related to 2021 winter storm
Small business owners in Allen are receiving massive bills for electricity from a time period when millions of Texans had no power.
State lawmakers express doubt in marketplace redesign for Texas power grid
State lawmakers expressed their concerns for the power grid redesign on Wednesday. However, ERCOT officials say the grid is more reliable and stronger than ever.
Austin Energy employees reflect on Winter Storm Uri one year later
Texas was hit by a winter storm in February 2021 that left close to 250 people dead and had thousands of people without power for days. Austin Energy employees reflect on Winter Storm Ur and what they have learned.
Austin woman reflects on winter storm that took her sister’s life 1 year ago
An Austin woman is reflecting back one year ago, when Winter Storm Uri took her sister's life.
Winter storm in Central Texas: Look back on 1 year anniversary
Texas was hit by a winter storm in February 2021 that left close to 250 people dead and had thousands of people without power for days.
Bitter cold coming to Texas this week but it won’t be 2021 all over again
Winter storm to bring snow, ice and subfreezing temperatures to Lone Star State
Questions remain about readiness of Texas’ power grid as temperatures drop
As the cold weather sends a chill throughout the lone star state, those who run the Texas power grid claim the system "is better prepared for winter operations than ever before." Of course, not everyone shares that confidence FOX 26's Greg Groogan is here to tell us why.
Insurance companies sue ERCOT over damage from February's winter storm
This lawsuit by dozens of insurance companies alleges ERCOT is responsible for the power failure last year and claims it could have been prevented.
Texas DSHS reports higher death toll from February winter storm
28 of those deaths were reported in Travis County, the second-highest countywide death toll, only behind Harris County.
ERCOT says electric generation fleet ready for winter weather
Inspections were completed at more than 300 electric generation units, representing 85% of the megawatt hours lost during Winter Storm Uri due to outages and 22 transmission station facilities.
FOX 7 Discussion: Improving water infrastructure across Texas
Texas Water Utilities is investing more than $4 million in infrastructure around Travis and Hays counties. VP of Engineering Todd Danielson joins Rebecca Thomas to talk about it.