An Energy Department grant helped CenterPoint install smart meters in its entire service area two years ahead of schedule.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Feds say CenterPoint was smart with grid grants

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Energy Department grants funded more than a fourth of CenterPoint’s $750 million project to reduce the duration of power outages and provide customers timely information about their electricity use.
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Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

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FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.
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Odessa coal-to-gas power plant to break ground this year

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A new power plant in West Texas that essentially transforms coal into cleaner-burning natural gas is poised to break ground later this, an executive in charge of it said at a conference in Houston Wednesday.
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Citigroup says renewables will continue upward trajectory, even as crude tumbles

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Oil generates about 5 percent of global electricity and doesn’t generally compete directly with wind and solar power, Citigroup researchers said.
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Dynegy gets federal OK to buy Duke, Energy Capital plants

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In buying the units, which sell power in competitive wholesale markets, Dynegy will nearly double the company’s electricity generation capacity.
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Senate approves long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency

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The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. A similar bill was defeated last year after it became enmeshed in a partisan fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
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A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

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During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in the Washington Post, energy […]
Rep. Sylvester Turner speaks at the Texas State Capitol in 2009. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

Electric industry pushes back against bill restricting minimum-use fees

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During a late-night hearing in Austin on Wednesday, the companies argued that “minimum use fees” — charged to customers who use too-little electricity each month — are fundamental to the economics of some power plans.
Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C.  AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators

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The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources previously called the penalty the state’s largest for environmental damages.
Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources plunges the snow depth survey pole into the snowpack he conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday March 3,  2015. The third snow survey of the season showed the snow pack to be .9 inches deep with a water content of 6.9 inches, which is 5 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

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Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada stands at 12 percent of average. Energy officials say that means less melting snow throughout the year to run the turbines at dams.