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Calpine adds two new top executives

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The Houston-based power company named W.G. “Trey” Griggs III as its new executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Griggs was a managing director at Goldman Sachs & Co. In his new position at Calpine, Griggs will oversee the trading, origination, development and commercial analytics groups and report to CEO Thad Hill.
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Commentary: ERCOT, Peaker Net Margin, Electric Prices and Why You Should Care

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A drop in wholesale electric prices has prompted an important discussion at ERCOT about assumptions it uses when monitoring the state’s power market. Changing those assumptions could impact how much we all pay for electricity.
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New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015, after a transformer failed at New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that has been extinguished in Buchanan, N.Y. A spokesman for Entergy says the unit has shut down automatically and is safe and stable. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Nuclear plant fire results in Hudson River oil spill

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Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3.
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Commentary: Automatic bill payment programs cost money, increase consumption, study finds

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Extrapolating from the data, the Duke University professor calculated that automatic bill payment programs induced nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of incremental consumption in the United States in 2010. That incremental consumption resulted in an aggregate cost of $1.8 billion.
The world's longest-burning lightbulb is seen at Fire Station #6 on March 13, 2014 in Livermore, Calif. At lower left is a webcam, via which viewers may watch the light bulb at any time. The lightbulb has been burning, with a few minor interruptions, for 112 years as of June 2013. (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Always-on” devices use $19 billion worth of electricity each year

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Electronics, appliances and other equipment that stay plugged in, or hard-wired into homes, devours electricity around-the-clock, contributing to an estimated $19 billion worth of electricity wasted each year in U.S. homes, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
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Rebuilding the Nation’s Aging Energy Network

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Once the envy of the modern world, the nation’s infrastructure system now works overtime just to keep up with the growing needs of the energy grid. While many understand the need for continued investment in roads and bridges, the same cannot be easily said of the nation’s aging energy infrastructure. This network of pipelines, highways, […]
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Guest commentary: America’s new and improved energy mix

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Demand for alternative energy sources is untethered from oil and natural gas prices, the writers argue.
Robert Flexon, CEO of Dynegy. (Rhiannon Meyers/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Dynegy CEO keeping close eye on evolving power model

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Recent power plant acquisitions have placed Dynegy in a comfortable position for the next few years, but the Houston-based power generator will have to figure out how to operate in a rapidly changing electricity market, CEO Robert Flexon said Thursday.
Gina McCarthy Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency speaks during the keynote luncheon during IHS Energy CERAWeek Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Transition away from coal power is “inevitable,” EPA boss says

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McCarthy’s pledge comes amid anxiety over the Obama administration’s push to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector while rapidly expanding the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, wind and solar.
From left: Thad Hill, CEO of Calpine Corp., Leo Denault, CEO and Chairman of Entergy Corp. and Pat Vincent-Collawn, President and CEO of PNM resources. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Cheap fuel, solid economy will give Texas a break from rising rates

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Texas’ rate hikes will be eased thanks to economic growth that has boosted power demand in the state and along the Gulf Coast.