Category: Electricity

Texas electricity demand growing slower than once thought

Electricity use during the summer peak times is increasingly less quickly than once thought, according to a report released Friday morning by the grid managers for most of Texas.  More »

Plug Power climbs on Wal-Mart fuel-cell forklift order

Plug Power Inc., the supplier of fuel cells for electric forklifts that’s doubled in market value this year, surged the most in two weeks after announcing an order from Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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 […]  More »

Duke Energy to shed Midwest generation business

Last week, Ohio regulators rejected a $729 million Duke rate-increase request.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »