Category: Electricity

Public Utility Commission ruling allows transmission line to move forward

Houston-based CenterPoint Energy had argued the 130-mile line was critical to ensuring the long-term access to reliable electricity in the Houston region.  More »

Veteran lobbyist to lead to lead new NRG Home business

NRG Energy has tapped veteran Washington lobbyist Steve McBee to lead its newly-created NRG Home division.  More »

LNG exports could increase production and price of gas, report says

Liquefied natural gas exports could mean more natural gas production, more economic growth and an increase in consumer prices, according to a government analysis.  More »

Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So it was interesting to sift through this comprehensive report from the IEA to get a better understanding of some of the broader energy trends underway. Henceforth are my […]  More »

CenterPoint Energy profits dip slightly

CenterPoint Energy’s businesses posted higher operating costs and electricity distribution suffered due to milder weather.  More »

Cool temperatures cut into NRG’s 2014 results, as the company bets on home solar

In a call Wednesday, executives at NRG Energy discussed third-quarter results held back by a cool summer before offering a very hot projection for growth in the company’s home solar business.  More »

NRG adds some power to transmission line debate

NRG Energy has begun building a new power plant in the Houston area, and says the region doesn’t need a proposed new transmission line that would bring power in from plants elsewhere in the state.  More »

ERCOT: Texas grid should have sufficient supplies through winter

Increased electric resources should keep the Texas power grid sufficiently supplied through the expected colder-than-normal winter season, officials for the state’s grid operator said Friday.  More »

Is Your Energy Bill Too High?

Have you ever wondered what state has the lowest utility bills? A recent study conducted by WalletHub.com contrasting energy costs through state-by-state consumption rates unearthed the answer. Overall, averaged across three energy categories – electricity, natural gas, and vehicle fuel – Colorado spends the least – per capita – at $301 per month. Following Colorado […]  More »

Louisiana utility company to be bought for $3.4 billion

Investors led by Australia’s Macquarie Group Ltd. agreed to buy Louisiana utility Cleco Corp. for $3.4 billion in cash, attracted by the steady, long-term returns of regulated power assets.  More »

Q&A: Small generators pose big challenge to utilities

“Distributed generation” — or power generators installed at or near the sites they serve — threaten to shake up the electricity sector as we know. Attorney Ram Sunkara discusses how the industry will have to adapt to the new technology.  More »

Lawyers to debate $590 million Houston transmission project

State regulators could decide as soon as next month whether a proposed $590 million transmission line to the Houston area will be allowed to move forward.  More »

Automakers, utilities studying how to manage electric vehicles

A consortium of eight major automakers is poised to test the first-ever technology that would allow electric cars to communicate with utility companies in an effort to better manage vehicles’ power consumption.  More »

TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

After four straight years of declines, electric consumer complaints increased in Texas during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an analysis of regulatory data by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But despite that setback, Texans nonetheless filed the second fewest number of complaints with the state’s Public Utility Commission in fiscal 2014 than they […]  More »

Texas electricity complaints rising, study says

Texas residents’ complaints about their electricity service are on the rise for the first time in four years according to a newly unveiled analysis by the advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.  More »
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