Category: Electricity

Nissan says Leaf could power home for two days

The car company said the Nissan Leaf could power an owner’s home for up to two days, helping owners avoid blackouts or high electricity bills, according to a Metro news report.  More »

Luminant hopes plant restart eventually possible

Luminant reiterated its hopes that it later might restart two power plants the company plans to idle to comply with a new regulation.  More »

Corrected: EPA to require 5 more states to cut smog-season emissions in cross-state rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has added five states to its upcoming Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for summertime reductions of smog-forming emissions .  More »

Tenn. politician suggests light bulbs as stocking stuffers

Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says her family’s holiday will be bright. She’s filling Christmas stockings with light bulbs.  More »

EPA rules threaten older power plants

More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.  More »

Much at stake with final EPA power-plant rule

As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to finalize a proposed rule to sharply cut mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, political pressure on the Obama administration from both sides of the issue has intensified.  More »

Household electricity bills are rising

Household electricity bills have risen sharply over the past five years after years of stable prices, but Texans are still paying slightly below the national average for electricity, according to a USA Today story.  More »

Top Republican to float bill adding flexibility provision to EPA power-plant rule

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she plans to introduce a bill to give some power plants more time to comply with a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule for reducing mercury and other toxic air emissions. She says she’s concerned the rule would pose a threat to electric grid reliability, a claim the EPA has long denied.  More »

Energy efficiency programs save customers cash

Natural gas-powered utilities are taking credit for shaving $62 off the electricity bills for customers enrolled in their energy efficiency programs.  More »

Holiday spirits are bright with either kind of light

As holiday festivities prompt decking of halls and stringing of lights, energy-conscious merry-makers may wonder just how much electricity it takes to be so jolly.  More »

Regulators approve Houston-company’s power line application

A Houston company says its planned power line across Kansas will spur wind farm development and establish the state as a national leader in clean energy production.  More »

Opinion: Competition is helping Texans pay less for electricity

The business of electricity is complex, but for Texas consumers eligible to shop around in the competitive retail market, the data is clear: competition is saving you money.  More »

Worries about blackouts cloud business climate

Texas companies got a rude awakening last February when colder-than-normal weather wreaked havoc on the state’s power grid, triggering rolling blackouts. This summer, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s power grid operator, took emergency measures to reduce electricity demand and avert more blackouts.  More »

Panelists debate the impact of electric cars on the grid

As hybrid and electric vehicles become more common, questions are swirling about whether the electricity grid can handle the resulting new demand for power.  More »

Energy companies continue S.A. expansion

GreenStar Products Inc., the Boerne-based lighting company that announced six months ago it would build a manufacturing plant and move its headquarters to San Antonio, will begin relocating to its new facility next week.  More »