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16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

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The 16 states and a handful of others are preparing to sue the Obama administration to block the rules permanently by arguing they exceed Obama’s authority. Bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling against the administration’s mercury limits, opponents argued that states shouldn’t have to start preparing to comply with a rule that may eventually get thrown out by the courts.
NRG Energy Inc. Vice President Nuclear Oversight, James von Suskil speaks during a scheduled refueling outage on Unit 2 at the South Texas Project nuclear power facility Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Wadsworth.
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NRG stock drops sharply after earnings loss

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NRG’s stock briefly dipped below $20 a share Tuesday for the first time since 2012 but jumped back up in the afternoon.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama touts Clean Power Plan; opponents ready their lawsuits

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President Barack Obama said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the “the single most important step” America has ever taken to fight climate change.
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Texas power users are breaking records, and could break more by the end of the summer

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A heat wave across Texas is pushing up power use. Every major Texas city this week has felt triple digit temperatues, with Houston experiencing its first 100 degree-days in two years.
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Power to Choose will help consumers filter out electricity plans charging “minimum use fees”

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So the Public Utility Commission of Texas will add an online filter to help consumers weed out such plans on the state’s Power to Choose website. Many of the seemingly cheapest plans include minimum use fees that increase rates when customers go above or below certain levels of electricity usage each month.
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Texas grid operator asks consumers to limit electricity use after record-breaking demand on Wednesday

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Parts of the country, including Texas, were sweltering under a heat wave on Wednesday, with about 35 million people subject to heat advisories.
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Calpine reports 86 percent net income dip

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Houston-based Calpine Corp. saw its net income plummet by 86 percent in the second quarter of the year, although the company reported an adjusted profit after accounting for power plant sales and more.
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Coal power is here to stay — for now

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While coal is expected to lose market share, federal projects show that coal-fired generation capacity is expected to remain largely unchanged through 2024.

Commentary: Key turning points in the energy complex

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(source: Wikipedia) To be honest, I had not heard of the phrase ‘Jumping The Shark‘ until recently (I’m not talking about surfer Mick Fanning either). It’s not like I didn’t watch ‘Happy Days’ when I was growing up, I just don’t remember that episode. For those unaware, ‘Jumping The Shark‘ is a term used to […]
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Calpine to acquire Champion Energy for $240 million

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Calpine, one of the nation’s top power generators, will acquire Houston-based Champion and its 180 employees, all of whom will make the switch. Champion has 2.5 million residential customers, many in Texas, and 18,000 commercial and industrial customers.