Mixed Signals on Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no exception. Here are ten info nuggets I have pilfered from it. These numbers are kinda nutty… 1) There are already more than 14 billion network-enabled devices […]
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

GE in Texas wind farm deal

General Electric’s Energy Financial Services unit and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America are forming an investment partnership to own and operate a Texas wind farm.
(Carolyn Mary Bauman /Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Should wind power blow free through Texas power lines?

The state’s electricity regulator is looking into who should pay for transmission lines that mostly carry wind-generated power.
Calpine's Magic Valley project near Edinburg, Texas (Photo: Calpine)

Calpine sells six plants for $1.6 billion

Calpine Corp. closed on the sale of six power plants, the power generator said in an Securities and Exchange Commission filing today, bringing in nearly $1.6 billion.
Categories: Deals, Electricity, General

Texas power companies oppose electric reliability project

More robust competition in the wholesale power market around Houston could mean lower profit margins for big generators operating there, but potential savings for area electric consumers.
Dr. Ernest Moniz speaks after being sworn in as Energy Secretary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Energy Department announces $4 billion renewable energy loan program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced unveiled a new $4 billion loan guarantee program to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Power lines, owned by Energy Future Holdings, near the Lake Hubbard Power Plant near Dallas. (Allison V. Smith/The New York Times)

Energy Future execs, directors paid $25.5M before bankruptcy

Court documents filed this week show Energy Future Holdings CEO John Young, directors and other executives collected a combined $25.5 million in compensation in the year before the Dallas power generator filed for bankruptcy.
Chile's Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco speaks to FuelFix after an industry breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday, July 02, 2014. (Dave Rossman photo)

Chile officials visit Houston to urge renewable investment

Typically, when foreign energy ministers visit Houston, they’re in town to pitch the oil and gas sector on investing in their country in order to tap a bounty of oil and gas resources. Officials from Chile in town Wednesday worked a different angle.
Categories: Electricity, Wind

Report: Vampire equipment sucking power and draining wallets

The price people pay for always-on, around-the-clock Internet connections with modems, cell phones and laptops may be higher than they think.
(Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

‘Dragonfly’ attacks should alert generators to threat, experts say

A new wave of cyberattacks should be a wake-up call to U.S. electricity generators and grid operators who believe their control systems are safe from hackers, data security experts say.