Category: Electricity

Commerce official: US output booms while federal lands wilt

The United States will need to produce as much oil and gas as it can muster to prepare for massive global demand growth over the next four decades, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said Thursday.  More »

Texas launches $2,500 incentive for CNG, electric vehicles

Drivers will now be able to get up to $2,500 in incentives to help purchase alternative-fuel vehicles, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced this week.  More »

Proposed Nebraska power line draws opposition

One of Nebraska’s biggest utilities wants to build a 220-mile power transmission line across the Sandhills, but the project is drawing strong opposition from some environmental groups.  More »

Berkshire Hathaway unit buying AltaLink for $2.9B

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s energy unit is buying the rest of Canadian power transmission provider AltaLink for about $2.92 billion.  More »

Texas faces summer power crunch despite six new generators

New power generators coming online by August will add capacity to the state’s power grid, but customers may still demand so much electricity this summer that the state’s grid operator could ask them to reduce usage.  More »

Energy Future bankruptcy opens with battle over venue

Before Energy Future Holdings Corp. can start fighting junior creditors opposed to the company’s more-than $40 billion bankruptcy plan, the judge overseeing the case must pick the battleground.  More »

US regulations push wave-energy project to Australia

A company that was planning a wave energy installation off the Oregon coast that could have powered 1,000 homes has said it will instead undertake the project in Australia.  More »

What the bankruptcy of TXU’s parent means for consumers

As news of Energy Future Holdings’ bankruptcy filing spread Tuesday, advocates and economists disagreed about what, exactly, it may mean for the customers 1.7 million retail customers.  More »

High court upholds emissions rule Texas and others challenged

The Supreme Court upheld an EPA rule requiring aging power plants to reduce emissions that cross state lines. Texas was among states challenging the rule.  More »

Bankruptcy won’t hit Texas power customers

TXU Energy is expected to operate as usual despite a bankruptcy filing.  More »

Texas power company files for bankruptcy

Tuesday’s filing in Delaware is the result of months of wrangling among creditors, owners and management, and represents the failure of a bet that natural-gas prices would rise enough to justify the $48 billion price.  More »

Report: Geothermal market booming abroad, flat in U.S.

A new report says the geothermal industry is booming internationally but is stagnant closer to home.  More »