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Switch that can lower electric bills

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As grid planners work to ensure that Texas can generate enough electricity when people use it most, electric companies are helping — and potentially profiting — by rewarding customers who use power when demand is lower.
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A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Fort Stockton. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

Renewable power falls as Texas wind underperforms

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U.S. renewable power generation fell 4 percent in August, compared with the same month a year ago, as Texas wind and other resources underperformed, according to an analysis from research firm Genscape.
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In Virginia, All-of-the-Above Energy Approach Bridges Vast Political Divide

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Make no mistake Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election is perhaps the most important – and most contentious – on the ballot this November.  This was in full display as two candidates with very different ideologies convened at Consumer Energy Alliance’s (CEA) Virginia Energy & Opportunity Forum this past week in Arlington. As the Washington Post reported, […]
Chevron's geothermal plant in Indonesia (Bloomberg News)

Geothermal power rising worldwide

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Worldwide geothermal power generating capacity will hit 12 gigawatts by the end of the year, according to a report published this week.
An Energy Department grant helped CenterPoint install smart meters in its entire service area two years ahead of schedule.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Smart meters are getting smarter at distributing electricity

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As smart meters become more widely accepted in the United States, utilities are beginning to invest in smart meters with additional capabilities that will make it more cost effective to transport electricity across the grid.
Power transmission lines stretch along Space Center Boulevard in Houston. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Texas grid can handle winter power demand, ERCOT says

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Texas grid planners said Tuesday that the state’s power system is well prepared to handle extreme weather through the winter.
Workers check solar panels in Yulin, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Xiao)

China to double power capacity by 2030, led by renewables

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China’s power generation capacity is expected to double by 2030, with renewable energy making up more than half the new plants, according to a study released Tuesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Houston-Galveston area to get fleet of electric delivery trucks

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The Houston-Galveston Area Council wants to improve the city’s air by trading diesel guzzlers for battery-pack trucks.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

NRG: Texas should require minimum power reserves

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Texas should consider requiring additional electricity reserves to ensure that the system stays reliable, according to a new report issued Tuesday that was sponsored by NRG Energy.
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Energy use spikes during first week of school

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A series of hot showers, stove-top cooking, blinds angled the wrong way and repeated opening of doors can boost the temperature of a home and add energy-intensive air conditioning work, TXU said.