San Antonio Express-News: ERCOT program cost Texas utilities an extra $90 million during January freeze, market monitor says

Feb. 28  — As Texans drove power demand to a wintertime record high during last month’s deep freeze, power companies paid $90 million in wholesale costs the grid operator’s independent monitor says could have been avoided — and that eventually could be passed along to their customers.

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KERA News: Texas bitcoin miners don’t have to report energy usage yet; Denton touts selling renewables

Feb. 29  — In January, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced that as part of an emergency data collection request, it would require bitcoin mining facilities such as Core Scientific in Denton and Riot Platforms in Rockdale to start reporting their energy use for the first time through a provisional survey called the Cryptocurrency Mining Facilities Report.

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Power Magazine: Texas Adds Two More Utility-Scale Solar Power Projects

Feb 29 — Texas continues to add to its U.S.-leading portfolio of renewable energy projects, with two large solar power installations recently coming online. Clearway Energy Group on Feb. 22 said it had completed the 452-MW Texas Solar Nova complex in Kent County.

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Utility Dive: Crypto miners, Biden administration appear to reach agreement over energy data collection

Feb. 29 — The Biden administration appears to have reached an agreement with bitcoin mining companies over the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s plan to collect energy usage and other data from the sector. A federal district judge on Thursday canceled a preliminary hearing on the matter and wrote that the parties “represented to the court that an agreement-in-principle was reached.”

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Will TX railroad commissioner candidates make natural gas companies more transparent?

Feb. 28 — The Star-Telegram asked Texas Railroad Commissioner candidates what steps they would take to bring more transparency to the natural gas sector, which has long opposed it amid calls for more accountability. One organization committed to that goal, Commission Shift, has published a voter guide with candidate and election information.

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