Remnants of the latest corn crop rest in the shadow of an Ameren Corp. power plant outside of the 2,850-reisdent southern Illinois town of Newton. Newton, which touts its Jasper County connections to late singer and Academy Award-winning actor Burl Ives, also takes pride in the coal-fired plant, which many locals worry faces a clouded future as Illinois pollution-control regulators decide whether to give Texas-based Dynegy Inc. more time to install pollution controls on the Newton plant and four other Illinois ones it seeks to buy. Newton residents fear an unfavorable ruling could upend the Dynegy deal and perhaps force the power plant to close, posing a crippling loss of tax revenue. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)

Dynegy accused of market manipulation to increase electricity rates

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Dynegy, which denies the claims, is accused of using a power auction by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator — a regional transmission organization in the Midwest — to push prices up for parts of Illinois from $16.75 per megawatt-day last year to $150 this year, an increase of 800 percent.
The East Texas Electric Cooperative, the Trinity River Authority and other participants broke ground Wednesday on the new hydroelectric power plant at Lake Livingston. (ETEC)

Construction kicks off for hydroelectric plant near Houston

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The East Texas Electric Cooperative, or ETEC, broke ground Wednesday on the new 24-megawatt power plant will power about 12,000 eastern Texas homes and generate about $1 million annually for the city of Houston for the right to use city facilities at the lake.
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EIA: Clean Power Plan could return CO2 emissions to 1980 levels

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The Clean Power Plan is intended to reduce emissions from power plants and its rules give states the option of pursuing several strategies to do so, according to the EIA.
In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

‘Sunshine State’ or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

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The state’s rules favoring utilities have made unlikely allies of groups like the Sierra Club and the tea party, who view the lack of consumer choice as harmful to the environment and an infringement on personal freedom.
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EIA: Gasoline still dominates, but other fuels have grabbed their biggest share of U.S. transportation in decades

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America’s transportation today is running on the largest share of non-petroleum energy since 1954, according to an analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill

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As part of a negotiated settlement with federal prosecutors, Duke agreed to pay $68 million in fines and $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation that will benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.
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Calpine adds two new top executives

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The Houston-based power company named W.G. “Trey” Griggs III as its new executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Griggs was a managing director at Goldman Sachs & Co. In his new position at Calpine, Griggs will oversee the trading, origination, development and commercial analytics groups and report to CEO Thad Hill.
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Commentary: ERCOT, Peaker Net Margin, Electric Prices and Why You Should Care

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A drop in wholesale electric prices has prompted an important discussion at ERCOT about assumptions it uses when monitoring the state’s power market. Changing those assumptions could impact how much we all pay for electricity.
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New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015, after a transformer failed at New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that has been extinguished in Buchanan, N.Y. A spokesman for Entergy says the unit has shut down automatically and is safe and stable. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Nuclear plant fire results in Hudson River oil spill

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Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3.
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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.