Robert Flexon, CEO of Dynegy. (Rhiannon Meyers/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Dynegy CEO keeping close eye on evolving power model

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Recent power plant acquisitions have placed Dynegy in a comfortable position for the next few years, but the Houston-based power generator will have to figure out how to operate in a rapidly changing electricity market, CEO Robert Flexon said Thursday.
Gina McCarthy Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency speaks during the keynote luncheon during IHS Energy CERAWeek Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Transition away from coal power is “inevitable,” EPA boss says

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McCarthy’s pledge comes amid anxiety over the Obama administration’s push to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector while rapidly expanding the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, wind and solar.
From left: Thad Hill, CEO of Calpine Corp., Leo Denault, CEO and Chairman of Entergy Corp. and Pat Vincent-Collawn, President and CEO of PNM resources. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Cheap fuel, solid economy will give Texas a break from rising rates

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Texas’ rate hikes will be eased thanks to economic growth that has boosted power demand in the state and along the Gulf Coast.
A panel of Texas electricity officials discusses the state's shift away from coal-fired power plants on the fourth day of IHS Energy's weeklong CERAWeek conference.

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

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More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CERAWeek: EPA should expect litigation deluge over carbon emissions rules

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In the next few months, the EPA is expected to release a final set of rules for forcing the electricity sector to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
(Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Mexico’s power markets draw on past privatizations

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Regulators at one point had made a chart tracking the origins of the many different elements of Mexico’s regulatory scheme.
Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek conference at Hilton Americas - Houston Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Siemens CEO Kaeser still up on U.S. oil industry

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Even after nine months of plunging crude prices, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser says he still believes the U.S. oil industry is “pretty cool.”
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Energy Department: The U.S. energy grid needs $15 billion in upgrades

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Severe weather is the leading cause of power disruptions, costing the U.S. economy from $18 billion to $33 billion a year, and climate change will only make it worse, a White House review on energy infrastructure concludes.
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For Texas, Energy Efficiency Presents an Opportunity

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Energy efficiency might not be the first thing to come to mind when using the words “energy” and “Texas” in the same sentence. As Texans, we’re justifiably proud our state’s status as the largest producer of oil, natural gas and wind energy in the nation, and its our electricity costs are below average; and yet […]
An Energy Department grant helped CenterPoint install smart meters in its entire service area two years ahead of schedule.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Feds say CenterPoint was smart with grid grants

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Energy Department grants funded more than a fourth of CenterPoint’s $750 million project to reduce the duration of power outages and provide customers timely information about their electricity use.