Category: Electricity

Natural gas utility expands footprint with $1.28B acquisition

The Laclede Group Inc. is acquiring Alabama Gas Corp., the natural gas utility business of Energen, for about $1.28 billion in cash.  More »

Tech titans graded in green energy friendliness

Apple and Facebook won near-perfect grades in a new rating of tech giants’ clean energy friendliness, while Twitter and Amazon failed on almost every measure.  More »

Texas blackouts rise, ranking No. 2 in nation

Texas has more blackouts than every other state but California according to a new study of power outages that occur nationwide.  More »

NRG acquires residential solar company

Energy provider NRG Energy Inc. announced it has acquired a New Jersey-based solar company as part of an effort to help customers interested in generating their own clean power.  More »

Solar power shines in eyes of Americans

Americans are cozying up to the idea of solar power, with four-fifths saying they view it positively, according to a survey released Monday.  More »

Mexico tapping wind potential

The historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector could shift the direction of its nascent wind power industry to the huge market north of the border.  More »

Wind power hits Texas record

The new West Texas transmission lines helped Lone Star wind power reaching new gusty heights, reaching a record of more than 10,000 megawatts of generation late Wednesday night.  More »

UH teams up with energy companies for real-world electricity research

The University of Houston has teamed up with two Houston-based energy companies to create a special think tank focused on the needs of electricity companies, the university announced Monday.  More »

Power-grid attack fuels debate over threat of snipers vs. hackers

U.S. energy regulators’ efforts to harden the power grid against snipers and terrorists are fueling a debate over whether they’re diverting resources from other threats, like cyber attacks.  More »

Company plans $2B Ethiopian power project on imploded volcano

Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic power-plant builder, plans to begin drilling in Ethiopia by July as part of a $2 billion project to develop the renewable energy source, Chief Operating Officer Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson said.  More »

Using trash to make electric power in Nigeria (photos)

Lagos is engulfed in waste. But the Nigerian city is turning its problem into an advantage by starting a program to convert waste into methane gas to generate electricity.  More »

Texas grid managers say cold weather pushed prices up to system max

Freezing temperatures that raised power demand while knocking some generators offline were key factors in a Jan. 6 power emergency that pushed Texas close to blackouts, the grid operator confirms in a new report.  More »
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