Category: Electricity

Power retailer’s entry sheds light on green gains

A new retail electric brand offering customers power generated exclusively from renewable sources illustrates Texas’ growing demand for clean energy, a consumer advocate says.  More »

Groundbreaking Thursday for new Temple power plant

Groundbreaking is set for Thursday for a 758-megawatt, natural gas-fueled power plant to serve Central Texas.  More »

Leonard to retire as Entergy leader next year

Entergy said the changes had nothing to do with criticism by some Louisiana officials for what they deemed a slow restoration of power following Hurricane Isaac.  More »

Exit signs consuming billions of kilowatt hours each year

Businesses and other building owners are spending about $3 billion a year to keep exit signs illuminated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to federal information.  More »

ERCOT says grid is ready for fall and winter

Texas’ main grid operator says it anticipates having enough power available to serve customers through the fall and winter.  More »

Former DuPont researcher now runs Del. company

When Stu Nemser left DuPont in 1993, he knew he had a promising technology upon which to build a business.  More »

Homeowner claims smart meter started fire

Centerpoint Energy, which has installed more than 2 million meters, said the meter was working fine prior to the fire, and the company plans to investigation the incident.  More »

DC Panel Goes “Through the Looking Glass” in Cross State Air Pollution Rule decision

On Tuesday, a panel of the DC Circuit released its long awaited opinion in EME Homer City Generation v. EPA. This case was brought about on consolidated challenges to the EPA’s attempt to implement the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, a follow up to the CAIR (Clean Air Interstate Rule) that the DC Circuit found […]  More »

Direct Energy adds two more retailers to footprint

Direct Energy completed an acquisition of two Northeastern electricity providers Thursday, adding to an ongoing expansion of its retail business, the company said.  More »

Demand for electric buses expected to grow 25 percent annually

Cities are purchasing more hybrid electric buses to improve fuel economy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.  More »

Analysts slash U.S. power demand forecasts

American’s demand for electricity will grow just 1.1 percent a year through 2030, as the recession’s aftermath and energy efficiency policies take their toll, according to a Wood Mackenzie report.  More »

ERCOT uses spinning cats to encourage people to save power

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is hoping spinning cats and leggy women might get Texans to cut back on their electricity use during the peak power hours in the future.  More »

Merkel’s green shift forces Germany to burn more coal

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government says RWE AG (RWE)’s new power plant that can supply 3.4 million homes aids her plan to exit nuclear energy and switch to cleaner forms of generation. It’s fired with coal.  More »

EPA regulations likely won’t cause widespread blackouts, GAO finds

New EPA regulations are likely to cause reliability issues, but they won’t be at the level that the industry and Republican officials are claiming, according to a new independent report.  More »

No surprise: Lower power rates cheer customers

Lower electricity rates have made Texans happier with their providers than they have been over the last five years, according to a study released Wednesday by J.D. Power and Associates.  More »