Electricity is produced from the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

IEA: Renewables will surpass natural gas for power generation by 2016

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Hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources will generate more power than natural gas and twice as much as nuclear in just three years, the International Energy Agency said in a report Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: dbking/Flickr)

Supreme Court will hear Texas-EPA dispute over power plant emissions

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case in which the state of Texas and other parties are challenging an Obama administration rule on power plant pollution that crosses state lines.
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Texas grid operator weighed down by peak electricity demand, EIA says

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Peak demand for electricity in Texas is cutting the amount of reserve power available to the grid operator for most of the state.
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President Barack Obama speaks at the TransCanada Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. in 2012.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Obama to unveil climate plan in Tuesday speech

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Obama said in a video the White House released Saturday that he’ll lay out his vision for reducing carbon pollution, preparing the U.S. for the effects of climate change and leading other nations in the global effort.
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Sun sets on two more coal plant projects

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A Nebraska company has dropped plans for coal-fired power plants in Illinois and West Texas, saying the fuel can’t compete with natural gas.
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Houston to buy half its power from renewable sources

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The city says its $2 million agreement with Reliant Energy make Houston the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the nation. “We are committed to becoming the alternative energy capital of the world,” said Mayor Annise Parker.
A new solar-diesel powered disaster relief vehicle and 26-foot trailer is put on display at Reliant Center Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Houston. The vehicle is designed to deliver immediate power, emergency shelter, access to news and information and Wi-Fi internet connectivity to those in need. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

NRG vehicle uses solar power to provide disaster relief (photos)

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NRG has rolled out Power2Serve, a solar-powered 68-foot disaster relief vehicle and trailer designed to offer immediate portable power in areas hit by a disaster.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Apartments often use less energy than other homes

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Multi-unit residential buildings now make up nearly a fifth of all households but using less than 10 percent of home energy use.
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Companies growing focus on cutting energy use

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Globally, 64 percent of organizations in a recent study reported they had carbon reduction goals in 2013 and 73 percent had energy reduction goals.
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14 ways to slim your power bill this summer

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Summer hasn’t started yet, but the heat has. Here are some lesser-known tips for conserving electricity and shaving dollars off of your utility bill.