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Louisiana utility company to be bought for $3.4 billion

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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.
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Q&A: Small generators pose big challenge to utilities

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“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.
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Lawyers to debate $590 million Houston transmission project

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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.
Nissan LEAF Electric Car is displayed at the Houston Auto Show on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The Nissan LEAF gets the equivalent of about 129 miles per gallon in the city. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle)

Automakers, utilities studying how to manage electric vehicles

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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.
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TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

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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 […]
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Texas electricity complaints rising, study says

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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.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Houston nonprofit banking on solar

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Officials at the nonprofit say the savings from going solar will be redirected back into its mission.
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New home for state’s under-used smart meter website?

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Like the unluckiest dog at the animal shelter, an under-utilized website intended to help Texans reduce their energy consumption is having a hard time finding adoptive parents. The website, SmartMeterTexas.com, is currently operated by a coalition of transmission and distribution utilities. Those monopoly utilities — with the support of retail electric providers — want the […]
(Bill Montgomery photo/Houston Chronicle)

Texas power grid has first rotating outages since 2011

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The state’s power grid experienced rotating outages for the first time since 2011 late Wednesday afternoon after a pair of power plants went offline.
(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

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SolarCity’s loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.