Category: Electricity

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 »

Power sector spending surging

Major names in electricity and other utilities boosted investments to $86.5 billion in the 12 months before July, an 11 percent rise over last year, according to SNL Energy.  More »

Barbour: US needs variety of energy sources

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday defended a coal-fired power plant that’s under construction in Kemper County, saying the U.S. should develop a variety of energy sources, including Mississippi-mined lignite that will be used at the plant.  More »

Calif lawmakers close to passing energy bill

California is close to passing a sweeping overhaul of its energy regulations that could affect electrical rates for millions of customers and rewrite rules on solar power usage.  More »

Mild temperatures cool off Texas electricity prices in August

Sweating through weeks of solid 90-degree heat, you probably didn’t realize you saved on your electric bill last month.  More »

Moody’s: Bankruptcy of TXU Energy’s parent company is imminent

Energy Future Holdings may be headed for bankruptcy by the end of the year, according to a Moody’s report issued on Monday morning.  More »

Switch that can lower electric bills

As grid planners work to ensure that Texas can generate enough electricity when people use it most, electric companies are helping — and potentially profiting — by rewarding customers who use power when demand is lower.  More »

Renewable power falls as Texas wind underperforms

U.S. renewable power generation fell 4 percent in August, compared with the same month a year ago, as Texas wind and other resources underperformed, according to an analysis from research firm Genscape.  More »

In Virginia, All-of-the-Above Energy Approach Bridges Vast Political Divide

Make no mistake Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election is perhaps the most important – and most contentious – on the ballot this November.  This was in full display as two candidates with very different ideologies convened at Consumer Energy Alliance’s (CEA) Virginia Energy & Opportunity Forum this past week in Arlington. As the Washington Post reported, […]  More »

Geothermal power rising worldwide

Worldwide geothermal power generating capacity will hit 12 gigawatts by the end of the year, according to a report published this week.  More »

Smart meters are getting smarter at distributing electricity

As smart meters become more widely accepted in the United States, utilities are beginning to invest in smart meters with additional capabilities that will make it more cost effective to transport electricity across the grid.  More »

Texas grid can handle winter power demand, ERCOT says

Texas grid planners said Tuesday that the state’s power system is well prepared to handle extreme weather through the winter.  More »