Tom DeLay won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell after having his 2010 conviction overturned by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals this morning. In a 2-1 vote the Republican judges on the three-judge panel voted the evidence in the trial wasn't strong enough and reversed the judgment to an acquittal.
As temperatures climb into the triple digits this week, more people may be looking to their air conditioners for relief. With that in mind, CPS Energy is cautioning consumers about the potential problems of putting too much strain on home air-conditioning systems.
CPS Energy’s Albert Cantu says many people don’t know that their home air conditioner is only designed to produce air that’s 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.
Nexolon America Wednesday announced the next phase of its solar manufacturing project in San Antonio. The company that broke ground last year expects to 400 employees are expected to be hired beginning in Sept.
Nexolon America is working with the Alamo Colleges to develop a training program for new employees to build 200 megawatts of solar modules per year. Executive Vice-President Scot Arey said the company is expecting to start advertising in about a month for its first wave of hiring.
National forecasters are predicting another hotter-than-normal summer. That could mean more of the rolling blackouts likes those San Antonio experienced in 2011.
Climatologists predict temperatures will be above normal this year and the power grid may not be able to keep up. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation projects the Texas grid will have the lowest percentage of power reserves this summer of any region in the country.
The problem is rapidly-growing demand combined with a lack of new power plants being built.
The announcement that CPS Energy is considering changing the amount of money it would reimburse its solar generating customers - cutting it by nearly 40 percent - caused more than a stir in the solar community.
CPS Energy is replacing its solar credit system that pays solar energy users with another program that pays slightly less, leaving some solar energy organizations and customers outraged.
CPS Energy customers currently pay 9.9 cents per kilowatt used, but people with solar energy on their home or business receive the same 9.9 cents back as a credit on their bill for every kilowatt they generate in a process called net-metering.