Energy News

Should I Install a Whole House Generator?

Thinking about installing a whole house generator in your home on the Texas Gulf Coast? Good call. The Gulf Coast, including Houston, is prone to hurricanes, flooding and power outages. And after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Winter Storm Uri in February 2021, interest in natural gas standby generators is growing.

Here’s what you need to know about installing a whole house generator in Houston or elsewhere in Texas.

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Columbus Ohio Renewable Energy and Carbon Neutral Programs

Columbus Ohio has the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2022 and carbon neutral by 2050. That’s a goal not only for the city facilities, but also for all residents and small business owners. Here’s our review of the Columbus Community Choice Aggregation Program for electricity, which is one step toward that goal. Plus we review your options to go green when you opt-out of aggregation. And, how you can go carbon neutral with your natural gas.

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Liberty Power Bankruptcy – What Now?

If Liberty Power supplies your residential or commercial power, you may need to shop for a new electricity contract soon.

That’s because on April 18, 2021, Liberty Power terminated all of their employees via email. All 100 of them. That means no one is running the ship.

And on April 21, 2021, Liberty Power declared bankruptcy due to excessive financial losses during February 2021, when a cold front put Texas into a deep freeze.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re a Liberty Power customer, and what to do next.

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What’s Going On With Texas Electricity? February 2021

What’s going on with Texas (ERCOT) electricity? And more importantly, why don’t I have lights?

Below we walk through what’s going on with Texas electricity during this brutal cold snap. We also have some ideas on why rolling blackouts have turned to 36+ hours without power in some areas.

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Ohio COVID-19 Electricity Bill Payment Assistance

Electricity bill payment assistance is a hot topic due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and business shut-down. Many consumers and small business owners in Ohio are concerned about paying their basic bills.

This list of FAQs covers some of the basics on Ohio electricity disconnection, payment plans and bill payment assistance.

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Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program – Bill Payment Assistance

Texas consumers have a new financial backstop to avoid electricity disconnection during the COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine.

If you need help paying bills, the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program can help. This program is designed to help those who can’t pay bills due to unemployment or economic hardship caused by COVID-19.

The Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program officially ended on August 31, 2020. The information below provides the history on this program, updates on any disconnection moratoriums due to weather events, and recommendations for electricity service.

Update March 1, 2021: On February 23, 2021, the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a stoppage (moratorium) on all disconnections for customers who do not pay their power bills. This order follows a spike in power prices that is under investigation with the Texas legislator.

If you have an issue paying your electricity bill, you should contact your electricity provider to request a payment arrangement.

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Impact of Coronavirus on Texas Electricity Grid

In times of uncertainty, it’s natural for people to be concerned about those things that they can’t control. At ElectricityPlans.com we are working to get answers to some of the most common questions you may have about electricity reliability.

Will my power be disconnected if I can’t pay my bill?

What are electricity prices like right now?

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