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Update on the Electric Industry in Texas: Summer 2012 Recap

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Entergy Texas Prepares to Send Restoration Help to Louisiana

Once Hurricane Isaac decides to move on and power restoration can safely begin, Entergy Texas is ready to send more than 240 workers east to help get the lights back on in Louisiana.

The company has identified some 244 company and contract personnel who will be part of a workforce of more than 10,000 workers from 24 states. The Entergy Texas contingent will include 102 company and contract tool workers, 24 scouts, 17 support personnel and 101 contract tree-trimmers.

Entergy Texas is closely monitoring the slow-moving storm and will release crews to assist in restoration once it is determined the storm track will not turn more westerly and possibly impact Southeast Texas. Hurricane Isaac made landfall Tuesday evening and as of 11:30 a.m. more than 530,000 customers were without power.

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Luminant Launches New Recruiting Website:

Luminant is giving prospective employees a glimpse into life at Luminant through its new careers website, From our people and company culture to the wide range of career opportunities available at Texas’ largest power generation company, job-seekers are able to get a true sense of what it is like to work at Luminant through this new interactive resource.

“We’re proud of what we offer our employees – from career development programs to our competitive compensation and benefits package – but, ultimately, what’s equally important to prospective employees is something that’s a little harder to describe on paper,” said David Campbell, Luminant’s chief executive officer. “The people you’ll be working with, the company culture, what the job really looks like day-to-day – it’s those things that affect job satisfaction and quality of life. We know Luminant has a lot to bring to the table in that respect, and this new website helps us show it.”


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New ERCOT ads promote conservation

Is your thermostat working hard this summer to keep you cool? Can a couple of degrees really save you money? Saving energy means saving money – even something as simple as turning up the thermostat when you leave the house can keep you on top of your monthly budget.

Today, the PUC and ERCOT unveiled new public service announcements for television and radio to help spread that conservation message. ERCOT has introduced the new spots, in both English and Spanish, on YouTube.

The ads focus on the reliability and financial benefits of raising thermostats by two degrees during the 3-7 p.m. peak demand period. ERCOT has used several tools this summer to raise awareness and encourage conservation during the peak use hours, including its new ERCOT Energy Saver mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. The PUC also has launched a new Power to Save website , which includes useful tips.

Spring cleaning: How to save energy and money on your AC

From the TXU release:

“When you’re doing your final spring cleaning, you’ll likely have the windows open and a nice breeze keeping you cool while you work. But the sweltering Texas summer is on its way and soon your air conditioning (A/C) system will be the lifeline in your attempts to stay cool.

That’s why it’s important to make A/C maintenance a part of your spring cleaning routine. A properly functioning air conditioning system will cool your home more effectively, and can save you a significant amount on electricity costs.

It’s a good idea to hire a professional to conduct an annual checkup on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to make sure both your heating and cooling systems are running efficiently, but there are also a few things you can do yourself.”

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A Powerful History – SWEPCO Celebrates a Century of Service June 29, 2012

From the release:

“The original Southwestern Gas and Electric Company was the product of a merger between three utilities – Shreveport Gas, Electric Light and Power Company, Caddo Gas and Oil Company, and Texarkana Gas and Electric Company. These utilities were owned by a trio of brothers – Rufus, Henry and Charles Dawes, and in 1912 they consolidated their holdings into one company and Southwestern was born on June 29.

The company got out of the gas business in 1928. But through the 1930s and early 1940s, Southwestern was involved in other operations such as ice, water and streetcars, before divesting of these interests in the late 1940s.

Southwestern’s service territory continued to expand, and the company’s original power plant units, including the 10,000-kilowatt (KW) “giant” of its day, Arsenal Hill in Louisiana, were inadequate to meet the growing need. Southwestern built natural gas-fired plants and added multiple generating units in various locations in the 1940s and 1950s, including Knox Lee Power Plant on Cherokee Lake near Longview, Tex,; and the Lieberman Power Plant on Caddo Lake at Mooringsport, La.”

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