Category: Electricity

Okla. power line shortage hampers oil production

Companies trying to extract oil and natural gas from the Mississippi Lime formation and other fields in northwest Oklahoma and western Kansas are dealing with insufficient access to electricity.  More »

Despite carbon concerns, new coal plants planned globally

About 1,200 coal-fired power plants have been proposed worldwide, including 36 in the United States, according to a report by World Resources Institute.  More »

IEA: Renewable energy to approach top spot in world electricity

The International Energy Agency came out with some startling predictions this week, including this: Renewable energy sources will approach coal as the primary source of world electricity by 2035.  More »

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage.  More »

FERC suspends J.P. Morgan unit’s power-trading authority

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday suspended a JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) unit’s electrical-trading authority, saying it had filed false information to regulators.  More »

Many coal-fired power plants ‘ripe for retirement,’ group says

Southern Co. (SO) and other utilities could retire as many as 353 coal-fired electricity units as the costs of installing pollution controls on those plants won’t let them compete with cheaper natural gas and wind power, an environmental group said.  More »

Sherman: Panda to build natural gas-powered plant

A Dallas company has broken ground on a 758-megawatt natural gas-fueled electric generating plant in North Texas.  More »

Sandy’s blackouts pressure utilities to bury power lines

Super storm Sandy’s record blackouts and prolonged recovery laid bare the U.S. electrical grid’s vulnerability to wind and flood, renewing calls for utilities to invest billions to toughen their defenses against extreme weather that may become more common.  More »

US OKs permit for last coal power plant in Conn.

Connecticut’s last coal-fired power plant has received another five-year permit to operate.  More »

N. Texas nuke plant unit shut down for cooling pump repair

High-temperature readings in a cooling pump forced the shutdown of one of the units at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in North Texas.  More »

Steffy: Texas needs to make hay on power while the sun shines

Much as lawmakers had done with wind power, the plan authorized the utility commission to mandate generating 500 megawatts of renewable energy from sources other than wind, which essentially means solar. That generation would then be tied into the new transmission lines. The commission never followed through on that provision.  More »

Regulated utilities increase investments due to regulation and expansion

Investor owned, regulated utilities in the United States are raising their capital investments to accommodate population growth and stricter regulatory requirements.  More »