Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Study: Offshore wind turbines can weaken hurricanes (video)

Offshore wind turbines could help prevent destruction caused by hurricanes by draining the storms of their deadly winds, according to a new scientific study that highlights a previously unknown benefit of the technology.
The Luminant Lake Hubbard natural gas power plant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., stands in Dallas, Texas. Matt Nager/Bloomberg

Utility’s bankruptcy wouldn’t cut customers’ lights

Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings is hovering on the brink of bankruptcy, but should it tumble, the lights will continue to shine for Houston-based customers.
(Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

Any Threat to the Electricity Grid Is a Tier One Problem

There are threats to the U.S. electricity grid which can be prevented, threats that can be mitigated, and there are threats that can be avoided altogether. Let’s walk through each scenario. We know how important it is to aggressively address vulnerabilities. The August 2003 blackout was the worst in recent U.S. history leaving an estimated […]
A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Duke Energy to shed Midwest generation business

Last week, Ohio regulators rejected a $729 million Duke rate-increase request.
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(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Senator proposes change in power plant security

Sen. Charles Schumer warns that an attack last year on a California power plant proves that terrorists could take down whole stretches of the U.S. power grid.
CPS Energy's coal plant Deely. (Lisa Krantz / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

Coal burns brighter as utilities switch from natural gas

Natural gas prices at a four-year high have utilities shifting to coal to generate 4.519 million megawatt-hours a day, the most since 2011, government data show.
A ConEd repair truck the 14th street and Avenue C power plant in New York City. (Brian Ach/Getty Images)

Con Edison to calculate benefits of preparing utility for climate change

Electric utility Con Edison will conduct an economic analysis to quantify the benefits of preparing its infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, a company official said Feb. 10.
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Texas pushing to trim power use, diversify resources

The Lone Star State’s reputation as an energy leader may be pegged to the oil flowing out of its fields, but it also is taking a leading role diversifying its portfolio, the head of the Texas conservation office told lawmakers on Wednesday.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Fire reported at Connecticut power plant

Firefighters in Connecticut are responding to a blaze at a power plant where an explosion in 2010 killed six people and injured several dozen others.
Daniel Whitten, America's Natural Gas Alliance 
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Guest commentary: Low, stable natural gas price keeps heating bills in check

Daniel Whitten, of the trade association America’s Natural Gas Alliance, says the price of natural gas is stable, despite a predictable uptick when cold weather increases heating demand.