Category: Electricity

Wind giant Texas stands tall as rule change looms

Depending on how the Environmental Protection Agency writes the new rules on power plant emissions, states such as Texas and California that have embraced renewable power or boosted their gas use may not have far to go to meet the mandates.  More »

US wood pellet exports double on British demand surge

U.S. wood pellet exports doubled to 3.2 million short tons last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012, led by demand from the U.K.  More »

Judge rejects creditors’ bid to send bankruptcy case to Texas

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the bankrupt Texas power provider, will restructure $40 billion in debt in a Delaware court, a federal judge ruled, rejecting a request by creditors to transfer the case to Dallas, where the company is based.  More »

Transmission line could expand Texas wind market

A California-based energy company announced Wednesday that it has federal approval to build a transmission connecting Texas’s power grid to the power grid in the Southeast.  More »

Energy Future sued by lenders’ trustee for $665 million

nergy Future isn’t entitled to a “windfall” from failing to pay the premium owed for early redemption of debt, CSC Trust Co. of Delaware, which represents most holders of a unit’s $3.5 billion in 10 percent senior secured notes, said in the lawsuit  More »

Texas renewable energy production up 12 percent

Renewable energy production rose 12 percent last year, according to the state’s grid operator.  More »

Saudi gas reserves up as Aramco taps new shale deposits

Saudi Arabia’s natural gas reserves rose last year as it explored for the fuel in the Red Sea and tapped shale gas to free more crude oil for export, according to the kingdom’s state-run oil company.  More »

Fee to build phantom nuke waste site ends

Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn’t exist.  More »

Commerce official: US output booms while federal lands wilt

The United States will need to produce as much oil and gas as it can muster to prepare for massive global demand growth over the next four decades, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said Thursday.  More »

Texas launches $2,500 incentive for CNG, electric vehicles

Drivers will now be able to get up to $2,500 in incentives to help purchase alternative-fuel vehicles, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced this week.  More »

Proposed Nebraska power line draws opposition

One of Nebraska’s biggest utilities wants to build a 220-mile power transmission line across the Sandhills, but the project is drawing strong opposition from some environmental groups.  More »

Berkshire Hathaway unit buying AltaLink for $2.9B

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s energy unit is buying the rest of Canadian power transmission provider AltaLink for about $2.92 billion.  More »