Category: Electricity

Electric cars eventually could tie up grid traffic

Utilities and automakers are looking to a time when electric cars become more common and might strain electric grid capacity.  More »

Low cost gas, energy efficiency could mean low costs for some manufacturers, report says

A lower price of natural gas means lower costs for industries that use it–especially metal durable goods.  More »

Tanzania’s energy minister says his African nation seeks U.S. partnership

The energy minister for Tanzania is in Houston seeking oil and gas investment in the East African nation.  More »

Direct Energy buys residential solar company

Houston-based retail electric provider Direct Energy will buy a residential solar installer for $54 million, the company announced, marking its entrance into the U.S. residential solar market.  More »

Waste Management to sell waste-to-energy business for $1.9 billion

Waste Management Inc. will sell its waste-to-energy business to a private equity firm for $1.9 billion, the company announced Tuesday.  More »

US sending coal abroad

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution, according to an Associated Press report.  More »

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

Restoring an electricity system after at total blackout — as is depicted in the newest Planet of the Apes movie — is much more difficult than portrayed by Hollywood.  More »

Feds predict slowdown in annual power plant growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity — enough to power xxx homes — by 2040.  More »

NRG begins work on coal plant carbon capture project

A coal-fired generating unit at a power plant near Houston will begin capturing some of its carbon dioxide emissions in 2016.  More »

Houston electricity retailer launches $63 million IPO

Houston-based electricity and gas retailer Spark Energy launched its initial public offering Monday seeking $57 million to $63 million.  More »

Sempra subsidiary is first utility to get FAA drone license

A San Diego utility company say it’s the first utility in the country to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone.  More »

Mixed Signals on Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no exception. Here are ten info nuggets I have pilfered from it. These numbers are kinda nutty… 1) There are already more than 14 billion network-enabled devices […]  More »