Category: Electricity

Report: Switch from coal-fired power plants saves water

Natural gas power generation uses 60 percent less water than coal, even with water-intensive hydraulic fracturing, researchers say.  More »

Reliant Energy executive leaves company

Jason Few, who’s served as president of Reliant Energy since May 2009, has left the company. Few’s last day was Friday, and his departure was announced to employees in an internal memo.  More »

Reliant President Jason Few has left the company

The shakeup comes as NRG is completing its merger with Houston-based GenOn Energy, a $1.7 billion deal that will make NRG the country’s largest independent power producer.  More »

Fuel prices driving inflation

Surging energy prices boosted an otherwise moderate inflation rate during September, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department Friday.  More »

Electricity complaints fall, but remain high, consumer group says

Complaints from electricity customers in Texas fell 10 percent over the last year, but remain five times higher than before most residents were given the opportunity to choose their power providers, according to an analysis released today by a consumer group.  More »

Entergy power plant purchases stalled by inquiry

In 2010, the Justice Department told Entergy it was investigating whether the company had unfairly favored use of its own power plants, controlled transmission lines to strangle independent power generators, and then swooped in to buy their modern plants on the cheap. Entergy found out about the inquiry as it was buying a Louisiana generator, the fifth in a series of purchases. Now antitrust approval to buy two more has been delayed.  More »

In coal country, a show of solidarity takes root

iIf all goes as organizers plan, huge crowds wearing miners’ stripes and fluorescent “United for Coal” T-shirts will line up Oct. 13 along U.S. Highway 23 from Big Stone Gap, Va., through Paintsville, Ky., and toward Chillicothe, Ohio. They will stretch north on U.S. 119 from Pikeville, Ky., toward Williamson, W.Va.  More »

EPA asks court to reconsider rejected pollution rule.

The EPA wants a Washington appeals court to take another look at a rule governing power plant emissions that cross state lines, which the court threw out in August.  More »

Israeli electric car company CEO steps down

The company says that despite the heavy startup costs, it remains on solid footing and is optimistic about the future  More »

Renewables can help feed Africa’s power needs, experts say

Speakers at the Texas Africa Business Summit said Thursday that an insufficient workforce and ill-conceived government projects are impeding development of conventional power infrastructure in Africa.  More »

Discussing the `War on Coal’ on Fox Business

Yesterday, I was on Melissa Francis’ show on Fox Business discussing the “war on the coal,” which dovetailed with a column I wrote in May looking at how coal plant operators were trying to blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their …  More »

Steffy: Fixing Texas’ power market woes

We made it through the summer, and the lights stayed on.  More »