Category: Electricity

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 »

MIT study shows U.S. must protect power grid from cyberattacks

The U.S. should implement standards to reduce the risk of cyberattacks on the electricity grid and should designate one agency responsible for overseeing grid cybersecurity, a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said.  More »

MIT study shows U.S. must protect power grid from cyberattacks

The U.S. needs standards to guard against cyber attacks on power lines that run to homes and businesses, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology report.  More »

Experts differ on how to prevent rolling blackouts

When the state electrical grid operator warned Thursday that Texas could be hit with blackouts next summer in part because its cushion of reserve energy is less than hoped, reaction was swift – but all over the map.  More »

Energy Dept. finds stricter EPA rules won’t threaten electric reliability

A Department of Energy analysis of how the electricity system would respond to far more stringent versions of upcoming air-emission regulations found the rules won’t threaten electric reliability.  More »

ERCOT warns of possible rolling blackouts this winter, next summer

Last winter’s rolling blackouts in Texas and the summer’s near-blackouts could occur again in the coming year if extreme weather stresses the power grid more than normal, the state’s grid operator said Thursday.  More »

Electricity officials say US should use tools to prevent reliability issues

Electricity industry officials on Wednesday raised concerns that upcoming environmental regulations will force plant shutdowns that could threaten grid reliability, but they stressed the government has tools to stave off such problems.  More »

EPA could give power companies options to delay pollution rule

The Environmental Protection Agency would let power plants apply for more time to comply with new pollution standards under a rule sent to the White House for review, according to people familiar with the process.  More »

Luminant asks EPA to ease new regulation further

Dallas-based Luminant Generation Co. asked the Environmental Protection Agency to further ease an upcoming power-plant emissions rule to allow companies to better adhere to stricter standards.  More »

Democratic aides cite report in saying EPA air rules won’t threaten electric reliability

The EPA has strongly rejected concerns the rules would cause electric reliability problems. EPA officials have cited 40 years of Clean Air Act rules that haven’t caused a single incident.  More »