Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  (AP file photo/M. Spencer Green)

Obama administration energy official stepping down

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FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will remain at the commission until a replacement is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Texas grid ready for summer heat, ERCOT says

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The Texas power grid may get a break this summer, with relatively normal temperatures expected, according to state electricity planners.
Lowfoot Energy CEO Phil Playfair (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Q&A: Pursuing profit by cutting power demand

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Toronto-based Lowfoot Energy is beginning to move into Texas with its online business that offers residential electricity customers the chance to earn money by modifying their electricity use at peak times.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Higher emissions linked to coal-fired power plants in Texas and other states

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After years of declining greenhouse gas emissions, Texas and other states reported sharply higher levels of carbon dioxide in 2012 as electric generating plants began to use more coal when natural gas prices began to rise, according to a study released Thursday.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

US power grid vulnerable to enemy attack, lawmakers say

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Several major U.S. utilities are under “constant” cyberattack and haven’t taken precautions to protect critical systems from Iran, North Korea and other adversaries, according to a congressional survey of more than 100 companies accounting for much of the nation’s power system.
(Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

Grid reliability bill heads to Senate in time for summer heat

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The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would shield electric utilities from environmental fines and lawsuits if they keep power flowing in emergencies.
CenterPoint Energy employee Shane Sobnosky prepares to leave for Oklahoma, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Houston. Sobnosky, is part of about a 60-employee group that is going to help restore power to those effected by the tornado that happened Monday. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

CenterPoint heads north to assist in deadly tornado’s aftermath

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CenterPoint Energy, the Houston-based power distribution company, is sending crews to Oklahoma to help restore electricity to homes and businesses rocked by Monday’s devastating tornado.

Global Energy Systems – June 26-28 2013

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Our energy system is evolving due to depletion of cheap fossil fuels and the need for carbon emission constraints. Government and business are under pressure to tackle the energy challenges of rising energy costs, energy security, and reducing greenhou…
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Texas House OKs utility-backed bill affecting rate cases

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At issue is money that transmission companies collect from customers in advance to cover federal taxes on company profits.
(Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

Feds predict Texas will get hot, Texans will run ACs

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Texas may squeeze its electric generation reserve margins as temperatures rise this summer.