Category: Electricity

Texas spot electricity gains as hotter weather boosts demand

Texas spot wholesale power gained as hotter weather boosted demand to run air conditioners.  More »

Ikea to add electric vehicle charging stations in Houston, nationwide

The Houston Ikea will be outfitted with electric vehicle charging stations this summer, one of eight Ikea stores across the United States slated to get the new technology, the company announced Thursday.  More »

It’s a scramble to restore oil industry power after storm

A Houston audience heard about the complications utilities face in restoring power to refineries and petrochemical plants after a hurricane strikes.  More »

Electricity prices soar in West Texas as shale drilling expands

The Texas shale boom has led to record growth in the demand for electricity in West Texas, experts said in at the Gulf coast Power Association panel on Wednesday afternoon.  More »

Summer power bills to shrink — but not in Texas

Electricity prices are expected to rise this summer compared to last. But falling demand for power will mean smaller electricity bills for most of the country.  More »

NRG Energy: ‘We welcome the renewed focus on climate change’

In response to Pres. Obama’s landmark message on climate change this week, power provider NRG Energy issued a response that noted its investments in solar and carbon capture systems.  More »

IEA: Renewables will surpass natural gas for power generation by 2016

Hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources will generate more power than natural gas and twice as much as nuclear in just three years, the International Energy Agency said in a report Wednesday.  More »

Supreme Court will hear Texas-EPA dispute over power plant emissions

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case in which the state of Texas and other parties are challenging an Obama administration rule on power plant pollution that crosses state lines.  More »

Texas grid operator weighed down by peak electricity demand, EIA says

Peak demand for electricity in Texas is cutting the amount of reserve power available to the grid operator for most of the state.  More »

Obama to unveil climate plan in Tuesday speech

Obama said in a video the White House released Saturday that he’ll lay out his vision for reducing carbon pollution, preparing the U.S. for the effects of climate change and leading other nations in the global effort.  More »

Sun sets on two more coal plant projects

A Nebraska company has dropped plans for coal-fired power plants in Illinois and West Texas, saying the fuel can’t compete with natural gas.  More »

Houston to buy half its power from renewable sources

The city says its $2 million agreement with Reliant Energy make Houston the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the nation. “We are committed to becoming the alternative energy capital of the world,” said Mayor Annise Parker.  More »