The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones  initiative lines were designed to move electricity generated by renewable energy from the remote parts of Texas to more heavily populated areas. Oncor completed 37 stations and equipment for this project, as well as more than 900 miles of transmission lines. (photo: Oncor)

West Texas wind soon will light up the region

A 3,000-mile network of transmission lines designed to bring wind-generated power from West Texas to homes and businesses from Dallas to San Antonio should be fully operational by Tuesday, year’s end.
Solar panels in Romulus, N.Y will produce much of the electricity for the sheriff's department. The project was funded in part with a grant of almost $1 million from the state's NY-Sun program. (AP Photo/Seneca County Sheriff's Department)

Solar energy projects finally getting boost in NY

An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York’s Finger Lakes is a sign of the state’s latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy.

Bigger homes, more gadgets not stopping drop in power use

U.S. electricity sales are on track to fall again in 2013, likely marking the fifth time in six years that Americans have bought less power than the year before, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.
(Bill Montgomery photo/Houston Chronicle)

Entergy hands off control of power grid

There’s a new traffic cop directing electricity flows to 2.8 million power customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
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Moody’s: Moderate demand will temper power prices in 2014

The rise of solar power and environmental regulations could pose a threat to the utility industry in 2014 and beyond, according to a new forecast from the credit rating firm.
Cost. Electricity

Direct Energy to sell Texas power plants to Blackstone

Blackstone, a private equity firm, will buy three gas-fired generators in Texas for $685 million in cash from Direct Energy, the company announced Wednesday.
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State regulators OK NV Energy sale to MidAmerican

Nevada utility regulators gave their approval Monday for the sale of the state’s largest electric utility to a company controlled by billionaire Warren Buffett.
The City of Houston's vehicle fleet includes 27 Nissan LEAF battery electric vehicles and 98 charging stations in its central fleet garage.  (City of Houston)

Houston’s growing alternative-fuel fleet among nation’s largest

The nation’s oil capital has become a model for progress in electrically powered vehicles, boasting the nation’s third-largest municipal hybrid fleet, according to new report from advocacy group Electrification Coalition.

Texas proposes to take over GHG permitting under Clean Air Act PSD program

Last week the TCEQ issued a proposed rule to allow it to regulate greenhouse gas sources under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program.  No surprise here.  Texas business asked the state legislature to “authorize” the TCEQ to do this because it is more streamlined to have one permitting authority, and because of […]