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Report: Renewables, natural gas should work together on the grid

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Renewable energy and natural gas could work together as sources of electricity generation, rather than as competitors on the Texas grid, according to a new report produced for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition.
A utility company linesman works to replace a damaged power line. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

New transmission lines will help power booming shale regions

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New transmission lines linking portions of West Texas to the Dallas-Forth Worth region will be completed by the end of this year, transmission line officials said at a Tuesday afternoon conference on electricity issues sponsored by Platts.
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Smart meter critics are few, but vocal, execs say

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“The smart meter critics are willing to risk reliability and the development of resource adequacy to take this position forward,” said John Fainter, CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas.
NRG Energy's SR Bertron Power Plant in Deer Park, Texas. (Photo: NRG Energy)

NRG to restart power plant to meet summer demand for electricity

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NRG Energy plans to fire up the mothballed SR Bertron natural gas-fired generation plant to help meet the growing electricity need as the Texas summer heats up.
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RWE said to struggle to find buyers for Dea oil, gas unit

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RWE AG (RWE), Germany’s second-largest utility, is struggling to find buyers for its Dea oil-and-gas unit, three people with knowledge of the matter said.
Warren Lasher, director of system planning for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Grid girds for summer onslaught

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the power grid for about 90 percent of the state, expects summer heat this year to push system demand past the safety cushion the council tries to maintain.
Workers make reapairs to power lines. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feds: Texans at greatest risk for summer power problems

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While Texas’ grid operator says the state’s power infrastructure is ready for the summer heat, warnings from the feds sound more perilous.
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Report: Texas ranked No. 3 for power outages in 2012

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Putting comprehensive protection plans and backup systems in place are the key to limiting disruptions from blackouts, according to a new report that shows Texas had the third-most power outages among states last year in the U.S.
Electricity is produced from the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Conn. tilts to hydro in new renewable energy rules

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Connecticut has rewritten its renewable energy policy to boost hydropower from Canada.
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SCE&G will close two coal plants early

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South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. says it will close two coal-powered generating stations near Walterboro by the end of the year.
Categories: Coal, Electricity