Category: Electricity

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

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.  More »

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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 […]  More »

Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts.  More »

NRG says it will cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030

Officials at NRG Energy Inc. say the power company will reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent of current levels by 2030.  More »

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 »
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