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Commentary: DOE Report Reveals Cracks in U.S. Energy Infrastructure

In early October, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a report examining different weaknesses in the nation’s current energy infrastructure system. The report focused specifically on energy sectors in relation to global climate change, and highlighted severe vulnerabilities for existing energy infrastructure. According to the study, climate change has already been responsible for severe, threatening […]
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Statoil greenlights world’s first floating wind farm

After installing its first large-capacity, operational wind turbine floating offshore in 2009, Statoil said the project costs have reduced by more than 60 percent.
An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (ERCOT/Tom Reel)

ERCOT projects Texas grid to withstand upcoming winter conditions

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is projecting to have more power capacity in reserve than originally anticipated thanks to more wind power coming online.
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Calpine sees big growth two years away in Texas and beyond

Houston-based Calpine Corp. reported quarterly net income that dipped 55 percent from last year, but the power generator actually saw operating gains when accounting for power plant sales last year.
U.S. Electricity Output Rose 6.2% From A Year Earlier

Texas will rival California in growth of greener, distributed power

The Pew Charitable Trust’s “Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger” highlights the growth of wind and solar power, but also makes the case for lesser-known power sources like combined heat and power and waste heat to power. California and Texas are primed to lead the way, according to the report.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

Dallas jumps Houston as top green power government

The EPA on Monday said the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, taking the top spot away from the City of Houston, which still ranks second above the District of Columbia, Montgomery County in Maryland, and the City of Austin — giving Texas municipal governments three of the top five spots nationally.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

Texas hits new wind power milestone on Thursday

At 12:38 a.m. Thursday, the grid that manages nearly 90 percent of Texas’ electricity load hit 12,237.6 megawatts of wind generation — nearly 37 percent of the grid’s load at the time — besting the previous record 11,467 megawatts from wind set on Sept. 13, according to the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas that manages the grid. A megawatt powers about 500 typical Texas residences during periods of normal demand.
OCI Solar Power's Alamo 4 plant in Brackettville features more than 150,000 solar panels and sits on 600 acres of privately owned land. The solar farm is OCI Solar's first Texas project outside of metro San Antonio and was built as part of an agreement with CPS Energy to provide solar-generated electricity.
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Texas makes big leap in energy efficiency rankings

Texas moved up eight spots to rank 26th nationally after the state became more aggressive in policing proper energy code compliance for buildings as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, according to the report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

TCAP: Electric Complaints Fall to Post-Deregulation Low

Electricity complaints filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission fall to a new post-electric deregulation low.
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Texas electricity complaints drop to lowest level in years

Texans filed 6,973 electricity-related complaints or questions with the Texas Public Utility Commission for the 2015 fiscal year that ended after September, which is down from the previous low of 7,129 complaints in 2013.