Category: Electricity

Europe finds energy source in South Texas mesquite

A Czech Republic company says it has found an abundant, long-term source of energy in South Texas to help European utilities produce electricity. But it has nothing to do with the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

Wholesale power prices drop at most U.S. hubs amid mild weather

Spot electricity prices across most of the major U.S. hubs were lower today as moderate weather crimped demand.  More »

Texas lawmakers give utilities a tax boost

The Texas Senate passed a bill on Tuesday afternoon that would remove the ability of state regulators to review tax payments in calculating future utility rates increases.  More »

Southern to take $333 million charge on coal-gas plant

Southern Co., the second-largest U.S. power company by market value, will take a $333 million charge in the first quarter because of rising costs at its Kemper County coal-gasification plant.  More »

Wind energy plan tests power of farmers

The first high voltage electric transmission line to dissect their crop and pasture land arrived in 1967, when Sunflower Electric paid Edwards County farmer Anthony J. Brake $1,413 for the privilege.  More »

Potential bankruptcy renews debate on utility tax

The potential bankruptcy of Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings is being seized on by some groups to stir debate over taxes that power companies collect but don’t always pass on to the federal government.  More »

Flatt out environmental comments on the last few months of the greenhouse gas regulatory world

It has been a while since my last blog post. In the climate change legal world, most of what has happened in the past few months has been of the utilitarian, and not the showy variety. California continues to implement its Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) and has already held two auctions of the […]  More »

Motiva Port Arthur refinery shuts down after power outage

The Port Arthur, Texas refinery lost power Sunday and there isn’t a timeline for restarting the plant, a person familiar with operations said.  More »

Obama budget hints sale of largest public utility

The Obama administration’s 2014 budget is calling for a strategic review of the Tennessee Valley Authority, opening the possibility that the largest U.S. public utility could be sold.  More »

NRG paying $244M for Corpus Christi power plant

Power provider NRG Energy is paying roughly $244 million to buy a Corpus Christi cogeneration power plant that will expand the company’s electricity capacity in a part of the state where it is seeking to grow its customer base.  More »

Central Texas power plant to double in size

Officials say a natural gas-fueled power plant in Central Texas will double in size and supply power to approximately 1.5 million homes.  More »

Copper thieves cause power outages near Houston

Copper thieves in Liberty County caused power failures on Wednesday for about 2,000 electric customers for almost 12 hours in some places, officials said.  More »