Category: Electricity

US sending coal abroad

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution, according to an Associated Press report.  More »

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

Restoring an electricity system after at total blackout — as is depicted in the newest Planet of the Apes movie — is much more difficult than portrayed by Hollywood.  More »

Feds predict slowdown in annual power plant growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity — enough to power xxx homes — by 2040.  More »

NRG begins work on coal plant carbon capture project

A coal-fired generating unit at a power plant near Houston will begin capturing some of its carbon dioxide emissions in 2016.  More »

Houston electricity retailer launches $63 million IPO

Houston-based electricity and gas retailer Spark Energy launched its initial public offering Monday seeking $57 million to $63 million.  More »

Sempra subsidiary is first utility to get FAA drone license

A San Diego utility company say it’s the first utility in the country to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone.  More »

Mixed Signals on Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no exception. Here are ten info nuggets I have pilfered from it. These numbers are kinda nutty… 1) There are already more than 14 billion network-enabled devices […]  More »

GE in Texas wind farm deal

General Electric’s Energy Financial Services unit and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America are forming an investment partnership to own and operate a Texas wind farm.  More »

Should wind power blow free through Texas power lines?

The state’s electricity regulator is looking into who should pay for transmission lines that mostly carry wind-generated power.  More »

Calpine sells six plants for $1.6 billion

Calpine Corp. closed on the sale of six power plants, the power generator said in an Securities and Exchange Commission filing today, bringing in nearly $1.6 billion.  More »

Texas power companies oppose electric reliability project

More robust competition in the wholesale power market around Houston could mean lower profit margins for big generators operating there, but potential savings for area electric consumers.  More »

Energy Department announces $4 billion renewable energy loan program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced unveiled a new $4 billion loan guarantee program to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  More »
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