Category: Electricity

Steffy: Worst of both worlds likely for Texas power consumers

Columnist Loren Steffy says that Texas regulators are turning more and more to a controlled market to solve problems with electric deregulation.  More »

Encouraging people to save electricity may start with a prize

Some electric companies are offering incentives for customers to consume less power, as the comanies try to contain their own costs of generating the juice.  More »

Houston staff would shrink in NRG-GenOn deal

The company has no plans to expand power generation in Texas, NRG CEO David Crane said in a press call Monday.  More »

Steffy: Utility commission forgets the public

We need a better name for the Public Utility Commission.  More »

W.Va. Taco Bell testing green initiatives

Taco Bell has long since replaced its one-time slogan, “Make a run for the border,” but its newest location in Kenova, at the I-64 border of West Virginia and Kentucky, is one they hope everyone will head for. In fact, company representatives said this Taco Bell isn’t like any you’ve ever experienced.  More »

NRG Energy is buying Houston’s GenOn

New Jersey-based NRG Energy has a deal to buy Houston-based GenOn Energy in an all stock deal worth about $1.7 billion, the companies announced Sunday afternoon.  More »

Hearings end, Duke Energy utilities probe still on

The North Carolina Utilities Commission ended three days of hearings Friday after testimony from two directors of Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp, which finalized its takeover of Raleigh-based Progress Energy Inc. on July 2.  More »

Woman pulls gun to keep smart meter out

A Harris County woman used a gun to persuade a CenterPoint Energy worker from installing an electric smart meter on her home, according to KHOU-TV story.  More »

Power grid in sea reaches for new depths

Offshore operators racing to extract more oil from under deep waters have a vision of one day running wells remotely from land, reducing the need for multibillion dollar offshore production platforms.  More »

Utility chiefs worry U.S. rush to gas will crowd out other fuels

The U.S. is at risk of relying too much on natural gas as transportation, manufacturing and electric-power industries vie for the cheap fuel, top executives of three power utilities said.  More »

CEO switch: Duke Energy seeks delay in testimony

Duke Energy Corp. asked state regulators Tuesday for a weekslong postponement of testimony by two top directors about the surprise CEO switch at the top of America’s largest electric company.  More »

Auditor finds no manipulation of electricity market

The independent market monitor for the Public Utility Commission, Dan Jones, said Monday that there was no market manipulation of wholesale electricity prices on June 25 and 26 when power usage and prices soared and demand for electricity set records for the Texas grid.  More »

Deputy energy chief visits Houston, promotes energy policies

Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman promoted the wind power Production Tax Credit and new federal grants for natural gas vehicles.  More »

Electric rates not falling along with fuel costs

A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren’t translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up.  More »

Inmates in Brazilian jail cycle to freedom

Brazilian inmate Ronaldo da Silva was making an escape of a sort as he hopped on a bicycle and pedaled furiously, clocking up several miles (kilometers) before jumping off.  More »