Category: Electricity

Coal imports fall as natural gas advances

Imports of coal for electric power plants have fallen from a peak level of 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013.  More »

Electric Deals Pay Customers for Conservation

Retail electric providers in Texas have begun offering deals that pay consumers for conserving energy.  More »

NRG reports $97 million loss as it outlines reorganization

NRG Energy Inc. suffered a $97 million in the second quarter, the company reported Thursday as it outlined plans to reorganize.  More »

New tool maps flood risks at nation’s power plants, refineries

The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday unveiled a new mapping tool, giving the public its first glimpse into flooding risks at the nation’s power plants, oil refineries, pipelines and other critical energy infrastructure.  More »

Pattern Development acquires Texas wind farm development

Pattern Energy Group LP announced Tuesday it had acquired a planned 200 megawatt wind project southwest of Dallas that will sell more than half the power it produces to Wal-Mart.  More »

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 »