China Set For Twists And Turns In The Year Of The Snake

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So the Lunar New Year this week in China has given a welcome pause for thought after a rather frenetic period of seemingly stronger data coming through from leading emerging market. So in an effort to assess whether the recent turnaround is a seasonal swing, a false dawn, or a true trend, here’s a random […]
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Rolando Pablos, right, resigned from the Public Utility Commission Thursday. (AP photo)

Rolando Pablos resigns from PUC

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Commissioner Rolando Pablos announced his resignation from the Public Utility Commission of Texas Thursday.
Categories: Electricity, General
A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Fort Stockton. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

Another record falls in the Texas wind

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Wind power generated more than a fourth of the state’s electricity when it set a new record last Saturday
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A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Duke Energy’s earnings exceed expectations

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Duke acquired Progress Energy in June, making it the nation’s largest utility in the U.S. by market value and number of customers.
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An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (ERCOT/Tom Reel)

Natural gas glut leads to tough times for power generators

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A glut of natural gas available to generate power has forced down wholesale electricity prices in deregulated U.S. markets, but the effect is less acute in Texas because of higher demand and tight capacity.
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Watchdog group criticizes plan for advance electricity purchases

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Public Citizen says a proposal to let electric retailers lock in wholesale power purchases years in advance won’t prompt increase generating capacity.
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World’s largest hospital complex depends on gas turbine

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GE’s aeroderivative turbines, assembled in Houston, have become increasingly popular as a reliable option for both regular and backup power for major facilities, including the Texas Medical Center. See how the technology works.

TXU’s buyout boys hire bailout buddies

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It’s not surprising KKR and TPG are looking to unload TXU, but first, they need to give the company a debt makeover if they ever expect to bail themselves out of what’s become one of the most disastrous leveraged buyouts of all time.
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Business gains seen in U.S. standards for power plants

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Rules to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from operating U.S. power plants will be a boon for companies willing to invest in clean energy, said Carol Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator.
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Cedar Bayou Power Plant uses brackish water to cool its machines. (Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Drought puts drain on water supplies for power plants

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As drought continues, Texans’ thirst for electricity is drawing down supplies of the water needed to quench it.