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Holbert Janson

The transmission utility responsible for the electricity infrastructure of much of Texas has an idea that could change the power industry. Oncor, who is responsible for transmitting power to large parts of the state including the Dallas/Fort Worth area wants to invest billions of dollars in large scale battery storage to help manage the uneven demand for electricity and improve the reliability of the region's electric grid.  Batteries would allow the utility ... [continue reading]

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Laura Paul

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My Home Energy Project: Step 1 - Measure the Energy You Currently Use

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Laura Paul

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Rob Nicely

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Online Reviews Can Make or Break Business

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Macie Melendez

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David Grieshop

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Sales Funnels Are Funny Shaped Things

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Shawna Henderson

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