Greg Thiergart, a radio communication technician with CenterPoint Energy, works on a smart meter project in Houston. (Houston Chronicle file photo/Johnny Hanson)

Crumbling US grid gets jolt driving smart Houston power

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When fully deployed, CenterPoint’s intelligent grid will give the utility unprecedented control and insight into its almost 50,000 miles of power lines and systems.

Coal: A ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Getting Longer In the U.S.

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U.S. demand for coal has fallen in recent years and export has become ever more important to domestic coal producers. Asia is the obvious export target, but challenges abound.
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Texas power companies warn of scam

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Power companies warn that as weather heats up, so do scams that seek money or financial information on the threat of disconnecting electricity that powers precious air conditioning.
Logos sit on turbine units outside the GE Power and Water plant, operated by General Electric Co., in Veresgyhaz, Hungary, on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg)

France agrees to buy 20% stake in Alstom

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The final obstacle to GE’s $17 billion takeover of Alstom’s power division was overcome Sunday after the French government agreed to terms with the French engineering company’s main shareholder.

Vampires at home? Household items draining energy

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Like vampires, household appliances quietly suck up electricity while you sleep and while you’re away at work. TCAP has analyzed the data to get a sense as to how much these devices may be costing you every year.
Look out: Your dryer may be using too much energy.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

This may whet your appetite for a new dryer

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Your old dryer may be hampering your home energy efficiency.
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Google planning energy push with technology for power companies

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Google, a big consumer of electricity for the computer servers that power its services, is looking at ways to transform the century-old utility industry, which has been struggling to adapt to changing demands for power management and production.
Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Buffett to expand energy wager ‘as far as the eye can see’

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which has struck deals to expand its utility business in Nevada and Western Canada, plans more investment in the industry, in part by betting on renewable power, Chairman Warren Buffett said.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Buffett ready to double $15B solar, wind bet

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Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay.
Power lines, owned by Energy Future Holdings, near the Lake Hubbard Power Plant near Dallas. (Allison V. Smith/The New York Times)

Bankruptcy judge approves $9.9B in loans to troubled Texas power firm

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A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday approved $4.47 billion in loans to Energy Future Holdings, which had sought debt to pay the bills for its retail electricity business while in bankruptcy.