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Bigger homes, more gadgets not stopping drop in power use

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U.S. electricity sales are on track to fall again in 2013, likely marking the fifth time in six years that Americans have bought less power than the year before, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

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The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.
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Entergy hands off control of power grid

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There’s a new traffic cop directing electricity flows to 2.8 million power customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
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Moody’s: Moderate demand will temper power prices in 2014

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The rise of solar power and environmental regulations could pose a threat to the utility industry in 2014 and beyond, according to a new forecast from the credit rating firm.
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Direct Energy to sell Texas power plants to Blackstone

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Blackstone, a private equity firm, will buy three gas-fired generators in Texas for $685 million in cash from Direct Energy, the company announced Wednesday.
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State regulators OK NV Energy sale to MidAmerican

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Nevada utility regulators gave their approval Monday for the sale of the state’s largest electric utility to a company controlled by billionaire Warren Buffett.
The City of Houston's vehicle fleet includes 27 Nissan LEAF battery electric vehicles and 98 charging stations in its central fleet garage.  (City of Houston)

Houston’s growing alternative-fuel fleet among nation’s largest

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The nation’s oil capital has become a model for progress in electrically powered vehicles, boasting the nation’s third-largest municipal hybrid fleet, according to new report from advocacy group Electrification Coalition.

Texas proposes to take over GHG permitting under Clean Air Act PSD program

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Last week the TCEQ issued a proposed rule to allow it to regulate greenhouse gas sources under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program.  No surprise here.  Texas business asked the state legislature to “authorize” the TCEQ to do this because it is more streamlined to have one permitting authority, and because of […]
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Court looks at EPA rule on cross-state pollution

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The U.S. Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S.
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10 ways to slim your power bill this winter

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Winter weather can send electricity costs soaring for people who like to keep their homes cozy. For ways to help slim your bill, take a look at these home heating tips from TXU Energy.