Archive for the “News” Category

Production, Weather, and Prices – the Winter 2016 Natural Gas Update

As more electric utilities burn natural gas to generate electricity, both the supply and price of natural gas have a direct effect on your monthly electric bill. The current huge El Niño is expected to peak in December 2015 with its strength diminishing to neutral by late [...]

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Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

We’re always looking for ways to help you figure out what’s happening on your electricity bill each month. You need to pay that bill to keep your lights on, but you want to understand all those charges before you pay them. We get it – we’re energy customers too – b [...]

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My Power is Out Because of This Storm! Who Do I Call?

No one wants to be without electricity in the home – especially when a bad storm like Hurricane Patricia brings wind and rain. If this happens to you, you should immediately contact your local utility company for assistance. Also known as the Transmission and Distribution [...]

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Recapping the Updated 2015 Hurricane Predictions

Back on August 6, 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its updated prediction for this year's Atlantic hurricane season. Not surprisingly, it announced it was 90% sure this year would be another below-normal season. May's hurricane pre [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Since the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, electricity has been as indispensable a tool as fire. As a science and technology, it leap-frogged humans from the Industrial age to the Electronics Age to the Information age. As an industry, it has played both [...]

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Get Out of the House and Keep Your Family Cool with These Five Activities

Whether you’ve been watching the news or stepped outside for one minute, you know it’s hot in Texas. Yes, it’s been warm over the past few months, but with temperatures stuck in the triple digits, we’ve reached a new level of hot. Plus if you have kids at home for t [...]

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Reduce Your Energy Usage Today to Help the Texas Electricity Grid

Summers in Texas can get pretty unbearable, so we all enjoy blasting cold air to combat the heat and humidity bearing down upon us. But when too many of us use more energy than is available on the Texas energy grid, things can get ugly in a hurry. In order to stave off th [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Six: FERC and the Path to Deregulation

The first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, but took 50 years for electrical service to enter only a fraction of American homes. Innovation and entrepreneurial genius expanded service across the country — only to be short-circuited in the 1920's and 1930's by [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Five: Rules and Regulations

[caption id="attachment_16340" align="alignright" width="254"] President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Image courtesty of https://en.wikipedia.org[/caption] Even though the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, it took 50 years for electrical service to enter [...]

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Get Your Tech on with the 2015 Mid-Year Gadget Guide

Now that June is here, two important facts about the calendar are startlingly clear: It's six months after Christmas, which means all those hyped gadgets from December 2014 are either holding up well, have lost their shine, or lie broken and abandoned in a corner somewh [...]

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