Category: Electricity

Butter-powered home? It’s not a joke

Butter makes everything taste better, but it turns out it can also be used to power your home, according to one Pennsylvania farmer.  More »

Natural gas price plunge aids families, businesses

The price of natural gas is plummeting at a pace that has caught even the experts off guard.  More »

Project to pour water into volcano to make power

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise.  More »

Texas electricity use on the rise in 2011

Blazing temperatures helped push up electricity use in Texas by 5 percent in 2011, according to a study by the state’s grid operator.  More »

Texas Senate mulls drought impact on power supply

A Texas Senate committee will examine how current and future drought conditions might hurt the state’s capacity to generate electricity and could leave some areas without enough power.  More »

Power restored to nearly all after Monday’s storms

Thunderstorms in the Houston area that prompted tornado warnings have knocked out electricity to about 6,700 homes and businesses, according to power provider CenterPoint Energy.  More »

Luminant to keep units online as court halts EPA rule

Luminant Generation Co. will continue operating two coal-fired electricity units it had previously planned to close now that a federal court temporarily halted a pollution regulation from being implemented, the company said Friday.  More »

Cross-state pollution rule put on hold

The EPA must delay implementing rules on interstate air pollution on Jan. 1, a federal court ruled, siding with electric power producers seeking to defeat the new regulations.  More »

EPA rules could upset the balance of power

New environmental regulations, coming amid warnings that Texas might not meet its electricity needs next summer, could set up a legal dilemma for regulators, grid operators and generators.  More »

Houston-based Calpine says industry can conform

Houston-based Calpine Corp., the country’s largest independent power producer, said new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency are necessary and won’t create reliability issues.  More »

Secret Ms. Santa pays electric bills in Alaska

Michael Lundy was bracing for a bleak Christmas in Juneau after he lost his wallet and $550 that was to have gone toward rent and his utility bill, he said.  More »

Houston resident cuts electricity use, wins Volt

Spurred by CenterPoint Energy’s biggest saver contest, Butler broke his bad energy habits, and he started seeing the difference on his electric bills almost immediately, he said.  More »

EPA tells nation’s dirty power plants to clean up

The EPA unveiled the first-ever national standards for toxic emissions from power plants, in rules that undoubtedly will affect the electric power picture in Texas.  More »

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 »