Category: Electricity

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 »

Q&A: Pursuing profit by cutting power demand

Toronto-based Lowfoot Energy is beginning to move into Texas with its online business that offers residential electricity customers the chance to earn money by modifying their electricity use at peak times.  More »

Higher emissions linked to coal-fired power plants in Texas and other states

After years of declining greenhouse gas emissions, Texas and other states reported sharply higher levels of carbon dioxide in 2012 as electric generating plants began to use more coal when natural gas prices began to rise, according to a study released Thursday.  More »

US power grid vulnerable to enemy attack, lawmakers say

Several major U.S. utilities are under “constant” cyberattack and haven’t taken precautions to protect critical systems from Iran, North Korea and other adversaries, according to a congressional survey of more than 100 companies accounting for much of the nation’s power system.  More »

Grid reliability bill heads to Senate in time for summer heat

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would shield electric utilities from environmental fines and lawsuits if they keep power flowing in emergencies.  More »

CenterPoint heads north to assist in deadly tornado’s aftermath

CenterPoint Energy, the Houston-based power distribution company, is sending crews to Oklahoma to help restore electricity to homes and businesses rocked by Monday’s devastating tornado.  More »

Global Energy Systems – June 26-28 2013

Our energy system is evolving due to depletion of cheap fossil fuels and the need for carbon emission constraints. Government and business are under pressure to tackle the energy challenges of rising energy costs, energy security, and reducing greenhou…  More »

Texas House OKs utility-backed bill affecting rate cases

At issue is money that transmission companies collect from customers in advance to cover federal taxes on company profits.  More »

Feds predict Texas will get hot, Texans will run ACs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Texas may squeeze its electric generation reserve margins as temperatures rise this summer.  More »

Reliability, regulation among top concerns for utilities

Utilities still spend most of their money on reliability investments, but environmental projects, energy efficiency and even computer security are edging up on the list.  More »

Renewable power generation grew 7 percent in Texas last year

Electric generation from renewable sources increased 7 percent in 2012 in Texas, according to the latest figures from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.  More »

Electricity, energy costs hike consumer prices

Energy costs rose 2.3 percent in March and April, largely because of an 8.2 percent jump in the cost of electricity, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.  More »

House bill would suspend environmental penalties when blackouts loom

Legislation approved by a House committee on Wednesday would give lectric utilities a free pass for keeping the lights on and power flowing whenever the government orders them to continue operations — even if that means running afoul of environmental mandates.  More »

Drones can combat power outages, expert says

Power companies could borrow an anti-terrorism tool to aid them in responding to outages after big storms. A nonprofit research group believes that drones could be used to gather information quickly about damage and speed up the ability of crews to restore electricity to customers.  More »