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Texas gets “F” grade on net-metering policies for solar power and more

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The new “Freeing the Grid” report from Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council also gave Texas a “D” grade on its interconnection policies, which are the rules customers follow to “plug” their renewable energy generation into the grid.
U.S. Electricity Output Rose 6.2% From A Year Earlier

State regulators approve new power line serving Houston area

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The commission signed off on the need for the $600 million Houston Import Project and a route adjusted slightly to address concerns in communities through which it will run.
Wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. stand at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Wind and solar sectors applaud federal budget deal

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While the lifting of the crude oil ban received the lion’s share of the attention in the budget compromise, the bill also renews the federal production tax credit, or PTC, that benefits the growth of wind farms and the investment tax credit, or ITC, that discounts the expansion of solar power. The tax credits were expiring, but still would have funded pending projects through 2016.
Solar panels stand in a field in front of wind turbines at the Woodlawn Wind Farm, operated by Infigen Energy, in Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia, on Friday, July 31, 2015. Wind supplied 4 percent of the nationÕs electricity -- equivalent to 1.3 million homes -- at the end of 2013 with new investment almost doubling last year to A$1.5 billion, according to the Clean Energy Council. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Texas leads nation in both wind and natural gas power growth

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Texas accounted for more than one-third of the new wind and natural gas-fired power added to the nation’s electric grid this year through September.
Wind turbines and oil pumpjack in action Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, north of Stanton, Texas.
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Wind and solar now leading Texas in power growth

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Since May, the grid has added nearly 3,000 megawatts of power capacity — about two-thirds from new wind farms.
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Southern Company buys planned Texas solar farm

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The Roserock solar farm will provide power to the city of Austin and surrounding areas through a 20-year power purchase agreement with the municipally owned Austin Energy.
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Luminant buys NextEra power plants in Texas for $1.59 billion

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Luminant, the power generation subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp. in Dallas, is purchasing two, large natural gas-fired power plants in northeastern Texas.
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TCAP Commentary: Big Utility Deal Raises More Questions

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A consortium of investors led by Dallas billionaire Ray L. Hunt wants to acquire Oncor. Is the deal in the public interest? It’s now up to the Texas Public Utility Commission to decide.

While US crude imports rise from Iraq, Saudi’s remain subdued

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It is Margaret Atwood’s 76th birthday, and her 2009 novel ‘The Year of the Flood‘ seems an appropriate way to sum up the crude market this year. We await the weekly EIA inventory report this morning, with oil inventories less than 4 million barrels shy of the record of 490.9 mn bbls seen earlier in the […]
An employees stands for a photograph near wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Pattern Energy launches Texas wind farm with Walmart backing

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San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, which has its control center and offices in Houston, represents one of the more active players in the Texas wind power surge that has made the Lone Star state the nation’s leader in wind generation.