Category: Electricity

States work to meet new renewable energy standards

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.  More »

Take a look inside ERCOT’s control room

One of the most important rooms in the state is one few Texans will ever see.  More »

Entergy: Louisiana needs more electricity for industry

That likely means building power plants for about $1 billion a piece, which the 1 million customers of Entergy Corp.’s Louisiana companies will be expected to pay.  More »

Top Five Energy Stories of 2014

This year the news has been full of good news and bad news for U.S. energy consumers. Major policy decisions (or lack thereof), changes in technology and emerging market forces have all played a role in influencing this year’s cheers and jeers in U.S. energy news. #1: The Energy Revolution Leads to Lower Gas Prices […]  More »

Cheap oil jamming rails means higher U.S. power bills

While the U.S. has the world’s biggest coal reserves, utilities are forecast by the government to end the year with the lowest stockpiles since 2005.  More »

Study: All-electric cars may not be so green

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.  More »

States looking to increase electric-vehicle charging stations

Several states are pushing forward tax incentive programs to provide charging stations for the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.  More »

Exxon: North America to be energy exporter by 2020

The company’s forecast outlined an about 35 percent growth in energy demand across the world through 2040, driven mostly by a growing population and the rise of an energy-hungry middle class in developing countries.  More »

Report: Energy efficiency could cost U.S. utilities $48 billion

Two trends in the power sector — the expansion of distributed generation and advances in energy efficiency — could cost U.S. utilities up to $48 billion annually by 2025, according to a new report.  More »

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.  More »

Q&A: Siemens boss charged up about oil field electricity

The CEO of German engineering conglomerate Siemens spokes with FuelFix about Siemens’ recent purchase of Houston-based equipment maker Dresser-Rand, and about the U.S. business landscape.  More »

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]  More »

Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts.  More »

NRG says it will cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030

Officials at NRG Energy Inc. say the power company will reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent of current levels by 2030.  More »

Public Utility Commission ruling allows transmission line to move forward

Houston-based CenterPoint Energy had argued the 130-mile line was critical to ensuring the long-term access to reliable electricity in the Houston region.  More »
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