Category: Electricity

Policy uncertainty could undermine future of renewables, agency says

Power generation from renewable resources like wind, solar and hydroelectricity could slow unless policymakers offer more clarity about future markets, according to a report.  More »

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.  More »

Financial speculators betting on power line congestion

Investors with no intrinsic stake in energy markets — they are neither generators, nor industrial users, nor consumers of electricity — are reaping millions in the New York congestion market.  More »

Calpine buys Massachusetts power plant for $530 million

Calpine Corp. announced today that it purchase a power plant near Boston from Exelon Corp. for $530 million in a deal that Calpine officials say will help the company expand its footprint in a key region.  More »

Dynegy to acquire power assets for $6.25 billion

Two years after emerging from bankruptcy protection, Houston’s Dynegy Inc. is planning to pay $6.25 billion to nearly double its coal and gas-fired generating capacity in two separate deals for Midwestern and Northeastern power plants.  More »

China’s natural gas demand continues to grow

Natural gas accounted for only 4.9 percent of China’s total energy consumption in 2012, but that share is expected to grow to 8 percent by 2015 and 10 percent by 2020.  More »

Natural gas will dominate Texas electric growth, report says

Natural gas power plants will represent almost all the growth in Texas electricity generation until at least 2040, the U.S. Energy Department reports.  More »

NRG deal gives it a new place in the sun

NRG says its acquisition of a company that makes solar-powered gadgets will help it provide electricity to customers when they’re off the grid.  More »

Coal imports fall as natural gas advances

Imports of coal for electric power plants have fallen from a peak level of 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013.  More »

Electric Deals Pay Customers for Conservation

Retail electric providers in Texas have begun offering deals that pay consumers for conserving energy.  More »

NRG reports $97 million loss as it outlines reorganization

NRG Energy Inc. suffered a $97 million in the second quarter, the company reported Thursday as it outlined plans to reorganize.  More »

New tool maps flood risks at nation’s power plants, refineries

The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday unveiled a new mapping tool, giving the public its first glimpse into flooding risks at the nation’s power plants, oil refineries, pipelines and other critical energy infrastructure.  More »

Pattern Development acquires Texas wind farm development

Pattern Energy Group LP announced Tuesday it had acquired a planned 200 megawatt wind project southwest of Dallas that will sell more than half the power it produces to Wal-Mart.  More »

Electric cars eventually could tie up grid traffic

Utilities and automakers are looking to a time when electric cars become more common and might strain electric grid capacity.  More »

Low cost gas, energy efficiency could mean low costs for some manufacturers, report says

A lower price of natural gas means lower costs for industries that use it–especially metal durable goods.  More »