Category: Electricity

DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of U.S. power by 2030

Wind power could supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030, up from 4.5 percent today, under a “ambitious but credible scenario” outlined in a new U.S. Department of Energy report published Thursday.  More »

NRG, Calpine challenge Houston transmission project in new lawsuit

A pair of Houston-based power generators allege in a lawsuit filed this week in state court that a new transmission line planned for the Houston area is expensive and unnecessary.  More »

Trends in Texas Wind Generation, Driving Habits, and Network-enabled Devices

Apparently, the Queen of England sent her first email in 1976, some 14 years before the World Wide Web was born. I learned this while reading about the growth of ‘smart’ devices, and their impact on energy demand. This week I’ve also been exploring trends in US wind generation, as well as changing gasoline habits. […]  More »

Texas grid can handle the heat, operator says

Texas power plants should be able to meet spring and summer electricity demand, the state’s grid operator said Monday.  More »

California energy chief calls Jerry Brown’s fuel target a ‘moon shot’

California has been setting the pace for U.S. policy on climate change and greenhouse gases.  More »

NRG reports $119 million in fourth quarter profits

The company, which both generates power and supplies it to retail customers, also saw its net income for 2014 rise to $134 million, up from a $386 million loss in 2013.  More »

Oklahoma leaders looking for more wind regulations

Oklahoma rolled out the welcome mat for the wind industry a decade ago with lucrative tax incentives and a lax regulatory environment, but as the number of wind farms has skyrocketed, so too has the concern among landowners.  More »

CenterPoint officials say they aren’t worried about Houston’s economy

CenterPoint Energy, the monopoly utility company serving Houston-area electric companies, reported a 55.8 percent increase in profits in the fourth quarter Thursday.  More »

Dynegy scraps California sales

On Tuesday, the company reported a net loss of $104 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. It had a $91 million loss during the same period a year ago.  More »

Dynegy reports $104 million loss for fourth quarter

Dynegy reported a larger fourth-quarter loss than in 2013, but a lower net loss for the full year.  More »

84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing, with scores of bills already filed that could end up helping or harming Texas energy consumers.  More »

Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects

The effort builds on an earlier goal to arrange $50 billion in deals that the bank set for itself in 2007 and achieved in 2013, three years ahead of schedule.  More »

Calpine generates quarterly profit increase

Power generator Calpine Corp. reported a $210 million fourth-quarter profit, as it benefited from a decrease in the price of natural gas that fuels its power plants.  More »

Action Needed to Protect Rate Discount Program

The money was collected from ratepayers to help needy ratepayers, and spending it on any other purpose would be to break a covenant with Texans.  More »

Texans who don’t use enough power hit with penalty fees

Many Texans receive penalty fees on their electric bills for not using enough power.  More »
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