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Texas power grid has first rotating outages since 2011

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The state’s power grid experienced rotating outages for the first time since 2011 late Wednesday afternoon after a pair of power plants went offline.
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SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

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SolarCity’s loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.
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Texas uses the most electricity, burns nearly the most fuel

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Texas has been the biggest user of motor fuel and residential electricity so far in 2014.
A pipe emerges from dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir  on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California. Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. Santa Clara County reservoirs are at 3 percent of capacity or lower. California Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency to speed up assistance to local governments, streamline water transfers and potentially ease environmental protection requirements for dam releases.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California hydroelectric power drying up amid drought

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The Energy Information Administration says the extended drought in California is hurting the state’s capacity to production hydroelectric power.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

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The above phrase is from the translation of  ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ by the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Regardless, not only is it great, but also highly applicable to a veritable selection of shenanigans going on across energyland™.  First up – or actually first and second up, are two examples […]
Exelon Corp. will use GE gas turbines, like the one pictured above, in its Texas plants. (GE)

GE gets $500M price tag for gas turbines in Texas

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General Electric’s new high-efficiency gas turbines, fired at temperatures 200 degrees hotter than an erupting volcano, will see their U.S. debut at two gas power plants near Houston and Dallas.
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Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

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A long-delayed program intended to deliver high-tech energy savings to low-income Texans may finally be getting back on track. But questions remain — including whether large numbers of low-income Texans will avail themselves of the new technology. The devices included in the program — including programmable communicating thermostats — work with digital smart meters already […]

Cartographic Capers

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              This visual voyage through some cartographic capers plots a course across US energy consumption, global emissions, and the second largest continent on earth. So grab your coat, and let’s start charting… First up we are mapping US energy consumption, and specifically, what is wasted. An awesome burrito reader pondered […]
Dynegy CEO Robert Flexon is at the company's commercial desk. (Photo/James Nielsen)

Dynegy’s CEO says the company is in it for the long run

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Once Dynegy’s two deals close early next year, Dynegy’s workforce should grow from around 1,600 employees to 2,600.
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Texas regulator denies power plants’ bid for tax exemption

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Texas regulators said power plants added equipment to improve efficiency and profit even if pollution reduction also resulted, and therefore don’t qualify for a property tax exemption relating to pollution control.