Category: Electricity

Thousands without power during snowstorm in Massachusetts

The state Emergency Management Agency says the plant’s emergency diesel generators are supplying power to the safety systems and there is no emergency or danger.  More »

Texas wind cracks 10 percent threshold

The amount of wind power generated in the state cracked the 10 percent threshold last year for the first time as the industry continues to make strides in the western and Panhandle regions of Texas.  More »

Dynegy says mega-deals won’t close in first quarter

Dynegy doesn’t expect to close the pair of mega-deals it announced in August until some time after the first quarter of this year, the Houston-based power generator said Monday.  More »

Consumer Impacts: Texas Legislature Back in Town

What can energy consumers expect this year as the Texas Legislature convenes for its 84th regular session? Will lawmakers pass laws to lower bills or will they take actions that have the opposite effect? The session begins January 13th. Here are a four issues that lawmakers may consider that could impact what Texans pay for their […]  More »

He helps keep the lights on for Texas

H.B. “Trip” Doggett, who heads the agency that manages most of the Texas power grid, sees growth in demand response measures that offer incentives for power conservation during peak demand periods.  More »

States work to meet new renewable energy standards

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.  More »

Take a look inside ERCOT’s control room

One of the most important rooms in the state is one few Texans will ever see.  More »

Entergy: Louisiana needs more electricity for industry

That likely means building power plants for about $1 billion a piece, which the 1 million customers of Entergy Corp.’s Louisiana companies will be expected to pay.  More »

Top Five Energy Stories of 2014

This year the news has been full of good news and bad news for U.S. energy consumers. Major policy decisions (or lack thereof), changes in technology and emerging market forces have all played a role in influencing this year’s cheers and jeers in U.S. energy news. #1: The Energy Revolution Leads to Lower Gas Prices […]  More »

Cheap oil jamming rails means higher U.S. power bills

While the U.S. has the world’s biggest coal reserves, utilities are forecast by the government to end the year with the lowest stockpiles since 2005.  More »

Study: All-electric cars may not be so green

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.  More »

States looking to increase electric-vehicle charging stations

Several states are pushing forward tax incentive programs to provide charging stations for the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.  More »

Exxon: North America to be energy exporter by 2020

The company’s forecast outlined an about 35 percent growth in energy demand across the world through 2040, driven mostly by a growing population and the rise of an energy-hungry middle class in developing countries.  More »

Report: Energy efficiency could cost U.S. utilities $48 billion

Two trends in the power sector — the expansion of distributed generation and advances in energy efficiency — could cost U.S. utilities up to $48 billion annually by 2025, according to a new report.  More »

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.  More »
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