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Grid operator says backup reserves improving

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (Getty Images)

Q&A: Siemens boss charged up about oil field electricity

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The CEO of German engineering conglomerate Siemens spokes with FuelFix about Siemens’ recent purchase of Houston-based equipment maker Dresser-Rand, and about the U.S. business landscape.
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Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of the United Kingdom has 88 wind turbines capable of supplying energy to 220,000 homes. (flickr/Statkraft)

Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

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The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts.
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish plant. (photo/Ryan Holeywell)

NRG says it will cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030

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Officials at NRG Energy Inc. say the power company will reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent of current levels by 2030.
(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

Public Utility Commission ruling allows transmission line to move forward

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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.
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Veteran lobbyist to lead to lead new NRG Home business

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NRG Energy has tapped veteran Washington lobbyist Steve McBee to lead its newly-created NRG Home division.
Specialized tankers carry natural gas after it's chilled to a liquid state. It then is turned back into gas at its destination. (AP)

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

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

Energy Trends in Africa

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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 […]
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CenterPoint Energy profits dip slightly

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