Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C.  AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators

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The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources previously called the penalty the state’s largest for environmental damages.
Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources plunges the snow depth survey pole into the snowpack he conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday March 3,  2015. The third snow survey of the season showed the snow pack to be .9 inches deep with a water content of 6.9 inches, which is 5 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

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Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada stands at 12 percent of average. Energy officials say that means less melting snow throughout the year to run the turbines at dams.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

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Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.
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EIA: Electricity prices rose at fastest rate in six years in 2014

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Residential electricity prices surged last year for residents in many of the country, but 2015’s rate hikes are expected to be less dramatic, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Delegates attend an economic conference, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Saturday, March 14, 2015. Egypt raked in promises of more than $12 billion in investment and aid from its Gulf Arab allies on Friday, kicking off an international conference aimed at rescuing the country's gutted economy and giving a political boost to its soldier-turned-president. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made his case for the world's support, depicting Egypt as vital to regional stability and a bulwark against Islamic militancy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Businesses upbeat on Egypt’s chances at investment meeting

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Saturday’s focus shifted to the private sector, with several companies announcing agreements, including some from Germany’s Siemens AG that were the largest single package signed at the three-day conference.

State lawmakers introduce demand response bill

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State lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday that would make it easier for companies to pay electric customers who agree to reduce their power use when demand strains the grid.

DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of U.S. power by 2030

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Wind power could supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030, up from 4.5 percent today, under a “ambitious but credible scenario” outlined in a new U.S. Department of Energy report published Thursday.
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NRG, Calpine challenge Houston transmission project in new lawsuit

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A pair of Houston-based power generators allege in a lawsuit filed this week in state court that a new transmission line planned for the Houston area is expensive and unnecessary.

Trends in Texas Wind Generation, Driving Habits, and Network-enabled Devices

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Apparently, the Queen of England sent her first email in 1976, some 14 years before the World Wide Web was born. I learned this while reading about the growth of ‘smart’ devices, and their impact on energy demand. This week I’ve also been exploring trends in US wind generation, as well as changing gasoline habits. […]
( Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas grid can handle the heat, operator says

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Texas power plants should be able to meet spring and summer electricity demand, the state’s grid operator said Monday.
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