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Dynegy reports losses as it shuts down coal-fired power plants

The shutdown of two coal-fired power plants and the bankruptcy of a subsidiary contributed to losses last year for Huston-based Dynegy Inc., the company said Thursday. Dynegy said it lost $180 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a $134 million loss during the same period in 2015. For all of 2 ...

Green Mountain Energy offers solar panel plan

Green Mountain Energy, a retail electricity company owned by NRG Energy, is offering its customers a chance to install solar panels on their roofs and earn credits towards their electricity bill in exchange. Customers can buy solar panels through a solar panel companies recommended by Green Mountain ...

Campaign contributions to Railroad Commissioners continue to pour in

Hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into the coffers of the state’s oil and gas regulators over the past seven months, according to campaign finance filings from mid-January. The Railroad Commission of Texas regulates the state’s energy industry, which has a history of backing the th ...

Houston gas prices continue to drop

Average gasoline prices in Houston fell about a penny over the past week to $2.07 a gallon, keeping the cost of gas well below the national average, according to GasBuddy.com, a website that tracks gasoline prices and refining activity. The national average gas price is $2.27 per gallon, down 0.3 ce ...

Coal leading energy source for Texas in January

Coal was the top power source for Texas in January, a spot typically held by natural gas, according to data compiled last week by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees power for most of the state. Natural gas prices rose in January, after they were the lowest they had been since ...

Without Clean Power Plan, coal use could rise again

The U.S. Department of Energy expects coal to regain its spot as the nation’s main energy source if the Clean Power Plan is not implemented, which would reverse a trend of natural gas dominance driven by lower prices and government incentives to switch to cleaner energy. In 2016, natural gas b ...

January drilling permits up from 2016

The number of drilling permits filed to the Railroad Commission of Texas in January was nearly double what it was a year ago, a sign that the oil and gas industry is recovering as oil prices hover over $50 a barrel. The commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, issued 956 permits last mo ...

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