Category: Electricity

Customers, workers lose in utility deregulation

A Hearst Newspapers investigation found that over a decade of deregulation, the frequency of outages has crept up, maintenance of aging infrastructure has been deferred and line workers have been laid off. Meanwhile, CEOs’ salaries have risen an average of 150 percent.  More »

Ohio regulator blasts renewable energy on Twitter

The utility regulator who led last week’s vote nixing a major Ohio solar project has used his Twitter account over the past year to steadily criticize solar, wind and renewable energy and to question global warming.  More »

Solar struggles don’t deter supplier for San Antonio mega-project

Despite the solar industry’s financial woes, the chairman of Nexolon Co. says the company is performing better than most and will remain a key supplier for San Antonio’s massive solar project.  More »

Cyber attacks at energy facilities jump at ‘alarming rate’

Cyber attacks against the energy industry grew at an “alarming rate” in 2012, jumping 40 percent, according to a quarterly update from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  More »

Steffy: National panel questions reliability of Texas’ electric grid

The agency that oversees reliability for the nation’s electric grid has questioned the adequacy of Texas’ deregulated system to meet growing demand for electricity.  More »

National panel questions reliability of Texas’ electric grid

The state is now under more pressure than ever to encourage generation, and that’s likely to mean higher prices at a time when the deregulated market was supposed to be delivering lower prices to consumers.  More »

Steffy: Sunset panel is no friend of power consumers

It didn’t take the Sunset Advisory Commission long to leave consumers in the dark.  More »

Gas exports will boost solar industry, exec says

CEO Arno Harris said Recurrent Energy’s new solar plants will sell power for as low as 7 cents a kilowatt-hour, nearly as cheap as natural gas-fired plants. He favors gas exports because they could lift the price of gas, making renewable energy more competitive.  More »

Texas energy use down nearly 3 percent in 2012

Much of the decrease can be attributed to the blazing summer of 2011, which led to a 5 percent increase in energy use that year.  More »

Grid operator: Texas electric transmission capacity will fall short of demand

Texas is adding $8.9 billion in electricity transmission improvements by the end of 2017, but it won’t be enough to meet growing demand, the state’s main grid operator says.  More »

University works to design future of electric power

In a lab at Old Dominion University, students and professors are helping design the future of electric power.  More »

Wind tax credit in Senate fiscal cliff legislation

Wind energy may emerge as one of the winners of the fiscal cliff tax negotiations, as compromise legislation passed by the Senate on Tuesday morning included a tax credit for renewable energy, according to the Associated Press.  More »