Category: Electricity

NRG to restart power plant to meet summer demand for electricity

NRG Energy plans to fire up the mothballed SR Bertron natural gas-fired generation plant to help meet the growing electricity need as the Texas summer heats up.  More »

RWE said to struggle to find buyers for Dea oil, gas unit

RWE AG (RWE), Germany’s second-largest utility, is struggling to find buyers for its Dea oil-and-gas unit, three people with knowledge of the matter said.  More »

Grid girds for summer onslaught

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the power grid for about 90 percent of the state, expects summer heat this year to push system demand past the safety cushion the council tries to maintain.  More »

Feds: Texans at greatest risk for summer power problems

While Texas’ grid operator says the state’s power infrastructure is ready for the summer heat, warnings from the feds sound more perilous.  More »

Report: Texas ranked No. 3 for power outages in 2012

Putting comprehensive protection plans and backup systems in place are the key to limiting disruptions from blackouts, according to a new report that shows Texas had the third-most power outages among states last year in the U.S.  More »

Conn. tilts to hydro in new renewable energy rules

Connecticut has rewritten its renewable energy policy to boost hydropower from Canada.  More »

SCE&G will close two coal plants early

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. says it will close two coal-powered generating stations near Walterboro by the end of the year.  More »

Private Sector Moving on Climate Change

  Yesterday, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), in partnership with NOAA’s National Climate Data Center, took a major step in trying to transmit data on a changing climate to a high level business audience. (Pictured above, representatives from CICS, Duke Energy (including Heath Shuler), and the Center for Law Environment, Adaptation and […]  More »

NRG expects more layoffs from GenOn merger

NRG Energy expects to lay off more than 200 more employees as a result of a merger with GenOn Energy earlier this year, according to state employment records.  More »

Berkshire unit buying NV Energy for $5.6 billion

Berkshire Hathaway, controlled by Warren Buffett, owns MidAmerican Energy.  More »

Obama administration energy official stepping down

FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will remain at the commission until a replacement is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.  More »

Texas grid ready for summer heat, ERCOT says

The Texas power grid may get a break this summer, with relatively normal temperatures expected, according to state electricity planners.  More »