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Fort Worth's new thoroughfare plan aims for more variety in street design

Fort Worth is launching a review of its master thoroughfare plan aimed at accommodating continued suburban growth and central city redevelopment with a greater variety of streets and more efficient traffic flow.

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UPDATE: Could American Airlines move its headquarters?

A key linchpin in the Fort Worth economy, American Airlines Group Inc., is considering sites for a new headquarters, possibly outside the city, the airline’s CEO said this morning.

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Crestwood area hoping to block planned office building

Residents of West Fort Worth’s Crestwood Association are trying to block the rezoning of a small apartment complex at White Settlement Road and North Bailey Avenue to make way for a planned office building, saying it would represent the start of commercial encroachment into their neighborhood.

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Tiger Woods takes a swing at Fort Worth's Dan Jenkins - in print anyway

Rarely does Golf Digest make the news. Leave it to Dan Jenkins to change that.

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Hilton Fort Worth named to Historic Hotels

The Hilton Fort Worth is one of 24 hotels named a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Washington, D.C.-based group announced on Nov. 18.

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Wendy Davis joins PUC criticism over market vote

 

PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Skepticism over major possible changes to the Texas electricity market spilled into the governor's race Thursday when Democrat Wendy Davis joined bipartisan scolding of state energy regulators who haven't shown signs of backing down.

Davis said the Public Utility Commission overstepped its authority by recently signaling support of Texas shifting to what's called a capacity market. Critics say the change could cost ratepayers $4 billion without any assurance that the power will stay on during sweltering summer or frigid winters.

PUC Chairwoman Donna Nelson has disputed those cost estimates. She defends the idea as a sensible way to ensure that rapidly growing Texas will continue having enough power to serve millions of additional residents.

Davis joins the opposition more than a week after Republicans and Democrats pointedly questioned Nelson in what was a sometimes tense hearing at the Capitol.

"This is for the Legislature to decide. Not them," Davis said in a phone interview.

Power companies currently only make money when electricity is sold. Capacity payments give additional money for keeping mandated reserve power, which supporters say would guard against blackouts and promote construction of new plants.

Lawmakers say it would lead to higher electric bills without any guarantee the lights will stay on.

By a 2-1 vote in October, the three-member PUC board last month signaled support of installing mandated levels of electric capacity. The vote didn't implement any actual changes to the market, and the agency is scheduled to take up the matter again in January.

PUC spokesman Terry Hadley said Thursday the commission is in the process of answering lawmakers' questions and preparing for next month's meeting.

Under intense questioning last week from Republican Sen. Troy Fraser, Nelson said she wasn't trying to "over procure" electricity or create an impression that the state was running out of electricity. She said it has always been her goal to maintain the current market structure but said she also had a responsibility when it comes to reliability.

The swing vote in October was cast by Commissioner Brandy Marty, who was appointed two months earlier by Gov. Rick Perry and is his former chief of staff. She suggested to senators at last week's hearing that an unreliable electric system could impact Texas' ability to recruit businesses.

"I don't believe our system is failing," Marty testified last week. "But simply because something has never happened doesn't mean we shouldn't look at it very closely and make sure it never does."

Davis, a Fort Worth state senator who doesn't serve on any committees with direct oversight of the utility commission, questioned the need to create more capacity in Texas.

"The other aggravating piece of it for me is, the PUC's approach doesn't even necessarily solve the problem if there is one," Davis said. "There's no guarantee as they've proposed it that the new capacity would actually be built."

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