Category: Electricity

Creditors firm stance in bankruptcy of Texas’ largest power provider

A group of creditors for TXU Energy’s parent company is breaking from competing lenders as it seeks to squeeze value out of the Energy Future Holdings Corp. in a debt restructuring.  More »

World investing as much in energy efficiency as fossil fuels, IEA says

Countries around the world are working hard at figuring out how to make the energy resources they have stretch further, implementing a growing number of energy efficiency activities, the International Energy Agency said in its inaugural report on the energy efficiency market.  More »

Energy Future pre-bankruptcy talks continue as lender leaves

Creditors of Energy Future Holdings Corp., taken private in the biggest leveraged buyout on record, will keep negotiating for a restructuring plan after one group quit confidential talks.  More »

Judge rules against New Jersey plan to add power plants

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities is weighing whether to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that shot down its plan to add more natural gas-fired power plants by having ratepayers subsidize their costs.  More »

Ameren gets OK to sell Illinois coal plants to Dynegy

Ameren Corp. received federal permission to sell five Illinois coal-fired power plants to Houston-based Dynegy Inc., but the deal hinges on whether Dynegy can get a pollution-control waiver from the state.  More »

Carbon capture and storage gaining ground worldwide

Twenty large-scale projects worldwide capture carbon dioxide and store it underground — often for use in enhancing oil production.  More »

Citibank: Renewables will get bulk of world’s new power investment

Renewable energy will make up more than 70 percent of investment in new power generation by 2025, a Citibank report said Thursday.  More »

Texas power providers seek fees to ensure generation reserves

Electricity providers in Texas say they should be paid by households and businesses to be sure there’s enough generation capacity held in reserve for days when demand is highest.  More »

Federal shutdown postpones South Texas nuclear plant hearing

The U.S. Atomic Safety and Licensing Board said today that due to the government shutdown it would postpone a hearing that was slated to start on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Houston.  More »

Her mission: affordable, reliable power

Brandy Marty was appointed commissioner in August by Gov. Rick Perry to the three-member Texas Public Utility Commission, which oversees power and telecommunications matters. She talked to FuelFix about her new role.  More »

Two Pennsylvania coal-fired plants to close

FirstEnergy says it will close two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania as scheduled next week with no expectations that they will be sold or reopened under stricter environmental regulations.  More »

Customer complaints about deregulation still robust

Electric consumer complaints are at an all-time low since deregulation went into effect in 2002, but are still much higher than under the pre-2002 regulated market.  More »

Electric car charging stations – a new way to pay

ChargePoint is developing a new financing option that would let drivers of electric vehicles get a new charging station without paying the upfront cost of equipment or installation.  More »

Natural gas loses steam for power generation

The rising price of natural gas relative to coal is putting a drag on its attractiveness for power generation.  More »

Benefits of more renewable power offset burdens, study finds

A high level of wind and solar use would not increase costs or emissions from power plants that have to start and stop frequently to balance the grid, according to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  More »