Badar Khan, President & CEO, Direct Energy, speaks at the 2014 IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg)

Direct Energy buys Panoramic Power energy management company

The $60 million deal will help boost Direct’s offering to help businesses and industrial plants better manage and monitor their energy usage.
An employees stands for a photograph near wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Pattern Energy launches Texas wind farm with Walmart backing

San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, which has its control center and offices in Houston, represents one of the more active players in the Texas wind power surge that has made the Lone Star state the nation’s leader in wind generation.

TCAP Commentary: Why Oncor’s Ring Fence Matters

The failure of the ring fence — the one created in 2007 — would have created uncertainty and instability with Oncor.
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Struggling SunEdison in cost-cutting mode as it seeks profitability

SunEdison quickly grew into the world’s largest renewable energy developer and is building a handful of solar and wind farms in West Texas and the Panhandle.
A 7-megawatt wind turbine, a pilot project led by Marubeni Corp. and funded by the Japanese government, stands at a port in Onahama, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Monday, June 22, 2015. The new turbine will join a smaller 2-megawatt model, which has been generating power at the project about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima since November 2013. Photographer: Noriyuki Aida/Bloomberg

Clean Line Energy’s $2.5 billion wind power project poised for approval

Houston-based Clean Line Energy is hoping to move forward next year with its $2.5 billion, 700-mile Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project to build power lines through Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee to deliver 4,000 megawatts of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle area.
Part of a heat recovery steam generator at Calpine Corp.'s power generation plant in Deer Park, Texas, is pictured on Thursday, February 26, 2004. Calpine, which produces power in 21 U.S. states, had fourth-quarter profit of $119.6 million as it benefited from an accounting rule change. Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News

Austin Energy, PG&E join Calpine in court motion supporting Clean Power Plan

Houston-based Calpine, Austin Energy, PG&E, Seattle City Light and London-based National Grid, which has a sizable U.S. presence, all filed the court motion together.

TCAP Commentary: 6 Key Questions about Massive Utility Sale

The REIT structure has been proposed as a method for the utility to reduce its federal tax payments. Oncor’s ratepayers should expect a fair share of that tax savings in the form of discounted rates.
A CenterPoint Energy employee in Houston on May 21, 2013. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

CenterPoint posts earnings loss from midstream investment

Minus the $537 million loss from its MLP, Houston’s energy transmission company said it had a $146 million net income gain for the quarter, up slightly from $143 million during the same period last year.
Power generator Calpine, headquartered in downtown Houston, supports new federal rules on carbon emissions. (Chronicle photo)

Calpine will support new CO2 rules Texas is challenging in court

Power plant operator Calpine will file court papers in support of emissions rules that the state of Texas has sued to stop.
Dynegy CEO Robert Flexon is at the company's commercial desk. (Photo/James Nielsen)

Dynegy reports net income loss, coal plant closure

Dynegy acquired 21 new power plants in the spring in the Midwest and New England regions and the company said its operating income jumped up to $107 million for the quarter, up from $22 million in the same period last year, with the added power production. The company announced its earnings after the markets closed Wednesday.