Monthly Archives: July 2007

Power for when the wind won't blow

TXU’s power generation business, Luminant, is teaming up with Royal Dutch Shell’s wind business to build a new 3,000 megawatt wind turbine project in the Texas Panhandle. The size of the project alone is noteworthy because it’s almost equal to the 3,352 megawatts of wind capacity the state currently has. But it’s also going to […]  More »

Dirty power plants list: We're No. 1!

Texas is tops when it comes to the number of power plants to make the annual list of the 50 dirtiest power plants in the nation, with five plants, according to the Environmental Integrity Project. Pennsylvania and Indiana have four plants each; Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia each have three. According to […]  More »

Engler talks energy policy in Houston

General Motors’ falling market share and the lure of low-wage countries like China are only part of the reason the U.S. has lost more than 3.2 million manufacturing jobs since 2000. Productivity increases, and — believe it or not — rising energy costs are also to blame, said John Engler, president of the National Association […]  More »

Brian Hunter vs. US Energy regulators

As Bloomberg put it: Brian Hunter, the former energy trader whose bad bets helped bring down Amaranth Advisors LLC, sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, saying the agency lacks authority to enforce rules in futures markets. In a lawsuit filed yesterday (Monday) in a federal court in Washington, Hunter said the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, […]  More »

GM pitches E-85 in Houston

Gasoline has had 100 years to fix its problems. Ethanol deserves the same chance. That was the message from a General Motors Corp. executive, who was in Houston Tuesday to kick off a seven city tour promoting the use of E85, a fuel that combines 85 percent ethanol with 15 percent gasoline. “We’re trying to […]  More »