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Good news for Texans: Natural gas prices in 2009 have continued their weakening trend by lowering to a 52-week low, below last year's mark already, and are projected to continue said trend into 2010. The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), widely used as a benchmark for natural gas prices, dropped to $4.432 per 1,000 cubic feet on Thursday.
With expected snowy weather in Houston today, and snow storms already wreaking havoc in North Texas, the timing for lower gas prices couldn't be better. Times like these are the best opportunities to explore what you are paying per kilowatt hour with your current Texas electricity provider.
As natural gas prices decrease, it is likely you will see additional opportunities to save money immediately by switching to a lower introductory variable rate plan to take advantage of lower rates, or quite possibly a fixed rate plan that will protect you from any future price spikes.
Bounce Energy has recently launched 2 new plans available to residents in deregulated areas of Texas. With these new plans, Bounce continues to provide unique and innovative options to consumers.
INTRODUCTORY RATE PLAN
The first, an introductory rate plan, called Thrifty Saver Introductory, is a month-to-month plan that allows you to immediately start saving money on that electric bill by giving you a super low rate (as low as 8.5 cents per kWh). Along with that rate, you'll also get a automatic entry into the Bounce Energy Rewards Program (more info below) plus one year magazine subscription of your choice.
The second plan is a seasonal twist on our 6 month fixed rate plan, Fantastic Fixed 6. For this Holiday season, when you sign up for Fantastic Fixed 6 and lock in your low rate, Bounce Energy will let you choose one of six $50 gift cards. Your choices include Amazon, Home Depot, iTunes, Macy's, Starbucks or Walmart. On top of that, we'll also give you instant enrollment into the Rewards Program and an introduction to the energy efficiency experts at Standard Renewable Energy.
At Bounce Energy, we care about our customers and want to reward you for being a good customer. Qualified customers will receive bill credits, companion airline tickets, price reductions and more for paying your bill on-time!
Sign up today for a Bounce Energy Plan.
Holidays and energy efficiency. Probably not the first thought that crosses your mind as you build your shopping list, oil the turkey carver and stock up on patience before Uncle Bud and your 15 cousins invade for Thanksgiving. Nonetheless, energy efficiency during the holidays is not as far fetched as you might think. A few tips to keep in mind while cooking up your perfect Thanksgiving meal:
In addition to the above tips, monitor your thermostat closely while prepping food and entertaining guests. Thought it seems relatively minor (maybe obsessive compulsive), it's likely that the combo of extra warm bodies, hot air from your talkative relatives and the oven running most of the morning and afternoon, that you can spare your heater from running on overdrive and leave it set at a modest 68-70 degrees. If anyone complains, tell them to stand in front of the oven.
For more general tips on reducing energy consumption and saving money, visit the Bounce Energy Education Center.
In recent years, the Public Utility Commission of Texas has approved a $5 billion plan to build new transmission lines that could carry a capacity of 18,456 MW of wind power from West Texas and the Texas Panhandle. The new transmission lines are speculated to complete construction and be fully operational between 2011 and 2013.
This is a big coup for Texas considering the available renewable energy produced from wind could increase significantly, most importantly the ability to distribute more clean energy across metro areas in Texas. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 new MW of wind energy could be generated and transmitted across new lines into area previously handicapped by an antiquated grid.
The bottom line? Increased production + new transmission lines capable of increasing distribution of renewable energy = win for Texas consumers. This could mean serious shifts in the availability of clean energy in Texas, making Texas electricity companies and customers big time winners in the Texas renewable energy market.
In response to the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard in Texas, Retail Electric Providers have utilized RECs to help meet, and in some cases exceed, the requirements for increasing their renewable energy portfolio. RECs provide REPs with a measurable way to help the development of new renewable energy projects in Texas. It also provides Texas consumers with a tangible means to support said projects by purchasing RECs to offset carbon emissions from their energy consumption.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are tradeable certificates that represent one megawatt-hour of renewable energy produced and placed on the electricity grid.
Here are a few important details on RECs and how they impact the renewable energy market in Texas:
RECs offer Texas electric companies a viable option to fill gaps in their energy portfolio and meet the growing RPS requirements. Remember, the level of renewable energy added to the overall energy portfolio in Texas is set to increase to 10,000 MW by 2025.
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Moving forward on our quest to examine the potential for renewable energy in Texas, it's certainly worth mentioning that an estimated level of renewable energy, generated from biomass, wind and solar resources, could equal nearly 4,330 quadrillion (4,330,000,000,000,000,000) British Thermal Units (BTUs), a mind boggling 400 times greater than the entire state's annual energy consumption.
So how are we harnessing this potential in Texas?
Electric generation companies in Texas are required by the Texas Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) to steadily increase their production of clean energy to reach the goal of 10,000 MW in the state's overall energy portfolio by 2025. A tall order on the surface, but in reality quite achievable considering the level of renewable energy sources untapped across Texas.
Texas renewable energy is commonly generated from the following sources:
The potential in Texas for greener energy is present, but the challenge is determining an efficient, cost effective and sustainable manner of updating an antiquated electric grid to accommodate clean energy production. Obviously the challenge of creating or harnessing renewable energy is not as daunting as getting it from source to Texas businesses and homes.