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Commentary: Automatic bill payment programs cost money, increase consumption, study finds

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Extrapolating from the data, the Duke University professor calculated that automatic bill payment programs induced nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of incremental consumption in the United States in 2010. That incremental consumption resulted in an aggregate cost of $1.8 billion.
The world's longest-burning lightbulb is seen at Fire Station #6 on March 13, 2014 in Livermore, Calif. At lower left is a webcam, via which viewers may watch the light bulb at any time. The lightbulb has been burning, with a few minor interruptions, for 112 years as of June 2013. (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Always-on” devices use $19 billion worth of electricity each year

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Electronics, appliances and other equipment that stay plugged in, or hard-wired into homes, devours electricity around-the-clock, contributing to an estimated $19 billion worth of electricity wasted each year in U.S. homes, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
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Rebuilding the Nation’s Aging Energy Network

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Once the envy of the modern world, the nation’s infrastructure system now works overtime just to keep up with the growing needs of the energy grid. While many understand the need for continued investment in roads and bridges, the same cannot be easily said of the nation’s aging energy infrastructure. This network of pipelines, highways, […]
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Guest commentary: America’s new and improved energy mix

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Demand for alternative energy sources is untethered from oil and natural gas prices, the writers argue.
Robert Flexon, CEO of Dynegy. (Rhiannon Meyers/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Dynegy CEO keeping close eye on evolving power model

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Recent power plant acquisitions have placed Dynegy in a comfortable position for the next few years, but the Houston-based power generator will have to figure out how to operate in a rapidly changing electricity market, CEO Robert Flexon said Thursday.
Gina McCarthy Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency speaks during the keynote luncheon during IHS Energy CERAWeek Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Transition away from coal power is “inevitable,” EPA boss says

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McCarthy’s pledge comes amid anxiety over the Obama administration’s push to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector while rapidly expanding the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, wind and solar.
From left: Thad Hill, CEO of Calpine Corp., Leo Denault, CEO and Chairman of Entergy Corp. and Pat Vincent-Collawn, President and CEO of PNM resources. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Cheap fuel, solid economy will give Texas a break from rising rates

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Texas’ rate hikes will be eased thanks to economic growth that has boosted power demand in the state and along the Gulf Coast.
A panel of Texas electricity officials discusses the state's shift away from coal-fired power plants on the fourth day of IHS Energy's weeklong CERAWeek conference.

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

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More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CERAWeek: EPA should expect litigation deluge over carbon emissions rules

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In the next few months, the EPA is expected to release a final set of rules for forcing the electricity sector to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
(Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Mexico’s power markets draw on past privatizations

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Regulators at one point had made a chart tracking the origins of the many different elements of Mexico’s regulatory scheme.