Category: Electricity

Luminant suspends nuclear plant expansion bid

The owner of a North Texas nuclear power plant has tabled its request for federal permission to expand.  More »

Japan nuke-plant water tanks flawed, workers say

Officials and experts and two other workers interviewed by the AP say the quality of the tanks and their foundations suffered because of haste — haste that was unavoidable because there is so much contaminated water leaking from the wrecked reactors and mixed with ground water inflow.  More »

Calpine Chief Operating Officer Thad Hill to become CEO in May

Thad Hill will succeed Jack Fusco as CEO of Calpine Corp.  More »

In this ranking of energy efficiency, we’re No. 33.

Massachusetts took the No. 1 spot in an energy efficiency scorecard that ranked Texas No. 33.  More »

Duke Energy earnings rise on lower merger costs

Duke Energy Corp. is the nation’s largest electric utility.  More »

Centerpoint anticipates IPO for midstream venture

CenterPoint Energy plans an initial public offering next year of units in its new midstream venture, Enable Midstream Partners.  More »

TransCanada’s quarterly profit rises on higher power prices

TransCanada Corp., the Calgary-based company seeking to build the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline, said third-quarter profit rose 30 percent as it took advantage of higher electricity prices.  More »

EU nations urged to overhaul energy markets state support

The European Union presented a set of recommendations for governments to improve their state-aid mechanisms in energy markets, including support programs for renewable energy  More »

Energy Future making debt payments due Friday

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas power producer that skirted bankruptcy this week, said it’s meeting debt obligations, including coupons due Nov. 1.  More »

Grid planners say Texas has enough power for winter demand

Texas grid planners expect a mild winter, and say the grid should have ample capacity for peak conditions, just days after electricity commissioners said they planned to require mandatory reserves to help make the grid more reliable.  More »

Debate intensifies on state’s power reserve needs

A member of Texas’ Public Utility Commission said his colleagues moved too quickly when they voted last week to support a mandatory power reserve margin, before results of a study on the issue by the Brattle Group are released.  More »

Vote to require spare power on Texas grid spurs debate

Texas electricity regulators voted to require reserve generating capacity on the Texas grid, despite a dissenter’s fear that the move could raise retail power prices.  More »

Guest Commentary: Texas’ deregulated power market should evolve to meet future challenges

The Public Utility Commission is looking this week into whether to provide an “insurance policy” for the electric grid. This makes sure that we have extra generation on hand in case of sudden weather changes or unplanned outages.  More »

States join forces to promote clean cars

Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure.  More »

Regulators say utility should return ‘excessive earnings’

State regulators have determined Columbus Southern Power had “excessive earnings” for 2010 under Ohio law and should return $6.9 million.  More »