Category: Electricity

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 »

Study: No threat to grid in closing 2 Pa. plants

A new analysis says two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania can be closed next months as planned without jeopardizing the reliability of the transmission system.  More »

Advocates push to standardize new energy efficiciency loan program

An advocacy group is developing a standardized approach for Texas communities to implement the state’s new energy efficiency financing law, which makes it easier for businesses to access loans for power-saving efforts.  More »

Home energy checkup can flip switch on bill savings (video)

Reliant Energy offers what it calls Home Energy Checkups to residential customers free of charge to help them better understand ways to improve electricity efficiency.  More »

Obama moves to limit power-plant carbon pollution

Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with a proposal to set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would dim coal’s future.  More »

Texas cities fall short in ranking of energy efficiency policies

Houston ranked 13th of 34 major U.S. cities for its policies on energy efficiency, receiving strong marks for its buildings and transportation, according to the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  More »

Arizona regulators drop power deregulation push

The Arizona Corporation Commission has dropped its consideration of deregulating the state’s retail electricity market, a move that clears uncertainty surrounding two energy projects in neighboring New Mexico.  More »

Hydroelectric power makes big comeback at US dams

On a typical summer weekend, hundreds of boats glide across the shimmering surface of Iowa’s Lake Red Rock, the state’s largest body of water.  More »

China bans new coal-fired plants in 3 regions

China announced Thursday that it will ban new coal-fired power plants in three key industrial regions around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in its latest bid to combat the country’s notorious air pollution.  More »

Feds consider ban on new coal plants that lack expensive carbon controls

The EPA agreed to revise a similar proposal from last year in response to opposition by utilities and coal producers who said it would effectively kill coal as a power source.  More »