Category: Electricity

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

The above phrase is from the translation of  ’plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ by the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Regardless, not only is it great, but also highly applicable to a veritable selection of shenanigans going on across energyland™.  First up – or actually first and second up, are two examples […]  More »

GE gets $500M price tag for gas turbines in Texas

General Electric’s new high-efficiency gas turbines, fired at temperatures 200 degrees hotter than an erupting volcano, will see their U.S. debut at two gas power plants near Houston and Dallas.  More »

Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

A long-delayed program intended to deliver high-tech energy savings to low-income Texans may finally be getting back on track. But questions remain — including whether large numbers of low-income Texans will avail themselves of the new technology. The devices included in the program — including programmable communicating thermostats — work with digital smart meters already […]  More »

Cartographic Capers

              This visual voyage through some cartographic capers plots a course across US energy consumption, global emissions, and the second largest continent on earth. So grab your coat, and let’s start charting… First up we are mapping US energy consumption, and specifically, what is wasted. An awesome burrito reader pondered […]  More »

Dynegy’s CEO says the company is in it for the long run

Once Dynegy’s two deals close early next year, Dynegy’s workforce should grow from around 1,600 employees to 2,600.  More »

Texas regulator denies power plants’ bid for tax exemption

Texas regulators said power plants added equipment to improve efficiency and profit even if pollution reduction also resulted, and therefore don’t qualify for a property tax exemption relating to pollution control.  More »

America Gets Smart on Energy Efficiency

Water transportation requires an enormous amount of electricity, which only increases as water sources diminish throughout regions plagued with drought. The electric power transmission and distribution system (the grid) is a critical and extraordinarily complex part of our nation’s infrastructure. Reliable electricity service is essential to health, welfare, communication, and commerce. Because of its scale […]  More »

Kinder Morgan looks to Maine to fill proposed pipeline capacity

With New England staring down another winter, Kinder Morgan and other companies have been seeking opportunities to fill the region’s growing energy needs.  More »

Electric vehicles are getting cleaner, group says

Most Americans now live in regions where electric vehicles produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the most efficient hybrid cars, according to a new analysis.  More »

Proposed transmission line puts corporate powerhouses at odds

The Public Utility Commission of Texas will decide whether CenterPoint Energy can build a new transmission line that two Houston generating companies oppose.  More »

Mark Ruffalo touts Houston electricity plan

Actor-turned-activist Mark Ruffalo cheers Houston’s decision to buy renewable energy — part of a trend of cities and corporations seeking out alternative power.  More »

Biorefineries planned for South Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, the company’s chief operating officer, said Monday that NFR BioEnergy will convert sugar cane waste, known as bagasse, into hardened energy pellets for use as fuel at global power plants.  More »
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