Category: Electricity

Texas power companies oppose electric reliability project

More robust competition in the wholesale power market around Houston could mean lower profit margins for big generators operating there, but potential savings for area electric consumers.  More »

Energy Department announces $4 billion renewable energy loan program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced unveiled a new $4 billion loan guarantee program to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  More »

Energy Future execs, directors paid $25.5M before bankruptcy

Court documents filed this week show Energy Future Holdings CEO John Young, directors and other executives collected a combined $25.5 million in compensation in the year before the Dallas power generator filed for bankruptcy.  More »

Chile officials visit Houston to urge renewable investment

Typically, when foreign energy ministers visit Houston, they’re in town to pitch the oil and gas sector on investing in their country in order to tap a bounty of oil and gas resources. Officials from Chile in town Wednesday worked a different angle.  More »

Report: Vampire equipment sucking power and draining wallets

The price people pay for always-on, around-the-clock Internet connections with modems, cell phones and laptops may be higher than they think.  More »

‘Dragonfly’ attacks should alert generators to threat, experts say

A new wave of cyberattacks should be a wake-up call to U.S. electricity generators and grid operators who believe their control systems are safe from hackers, data security experts say.  More »

Russian hackers threatening power companies, researchers say

A Russian group of hackers known as “Energetic Bear” is attacking energy companies in the U.S. and Europe and may be capable of disrupting power supplies, cybersecurity researchers said.  More »

Stealthy warship getting jet fuel to prep for high-tech power system

Bath Iron Works is getting ready to bring fuel aboard the Navy’s biggest destroyer in preparation for firing up some of the world’s largest marine turbines this summer.  More »

Utility deals heating up with gas glut

Near-zero interest rates and low power prices caused by a glut in natural gas are increasing the appeal of regulated utility assets, which offer stable cash flow and returns.  More »

Talkin’ ‘Bout Mo’ Generation

Just as I tweet my favorite articles so that I have a filing place for them (Twitter is awesome for so many reasons, don’t get me started…), I use my desktop to store all my favorite graphics. And it is way too cluttered. So in my quest to make it more minimal and zen, here […]  More »

Novel Ideas for Energy Sources

The quest to diversify from fossil fuels has perhaps been no more successfully implemented than in Germany, where on the 14th morning of last month, it achieved a record 74% of its power generation from renewables, and specifically solar and wind energy. Admittedly this took an exceptionally sunny and windy day, but the achievement still stands. The […]  More »

Federal report gives Texas wind power lines high marks

Since the CREZ power lines were completed, incidents of both wind curtailment and wind-related negative electricity prices have decreased in Texas, suggesting the projects have largely succeeded at their mission.  More »