Category: Electricity

Automakers, utilities studying how to manage electric vehicles

A consortium of eight major automakers is poised to test the first-ever technology that would allow electric cars to communicate with utility companies in an effort to better manage vehicles’ power consumption.  More »

TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

After four straight years of declines, electric consumer complaints increased in Texas during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an analysis of regulatory data by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But despite that setback, Texans nonetheless filed the second fewest number of complaints with the state’s Public Utility Commission in fiscal 2014 than they […]  More »

Texas electricity complaints rising, study says

Texas residents’ complaints about their electricity service are on the rise for the first time in four years according to a newly unveiled analysis by the advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.  More »

Houston nonprofit banking on solar

Officials at the nonprofit say the savings from going solar will be redirected back into its mission.  More »

New home for state’s under-used smart meter website?

Like the unluckiest dog at the animal shelter, an under-utilized website intended to help Texans reduce their energy consumption is having a hard time finding adoptive parents. The website, SmartMeterTexas.com, is currently operated by a coalition of transmission and distribution utilities. Those monopoly utilities — with the support of retail electric providers — want the […]  More »

Texas power grid has first rotating outages since 2011

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.  More »

SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

SolarCity’s loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.  More »

Texas uses the most electricity, burns nearly the most fuel

Texas has been the biggest user of motor fuel and residential electricity so far in 2014.  More »

California hydroelectric power drying up amid drought

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

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

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 […]  More »

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

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.  More »

Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

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 […]  More »

Cartographic Capers

              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 […]  More »

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

Once Dynegy’s two deals close early next year, Dynegy’s workforce should grow from around 1,600 employees to 2,600.  More »

Texas regulator denies power plants’ bid for tax exemption

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.  More »
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