This week state legislators will begin debating a bill that would allow companies to make incandescent bulbs in South Carolina, despite a federal law that is phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of compact fluorescents. More »
A colleague’s electric bill from 1995 seems to be quite a bit cheaper per kwh than her current bill. We look into whether current rates could beat her old bill. More »
Nuclear energy hits all our hot buttons when we judge how risky something is: It’s invisible. It’s out of our control. It’s manmade, high-tech and hard to understand. It’s imposed on us, instead of something we choose. It’s associated with major catastrophes, not small problems. More »
The Japanese nuclear crisis will undoubtedly be a setback for nuclear energy. But it also highlights a hard truth about energy: that every source — no matter how clean, low-cost or seemingly safe — carries risk.
Indeed, if nuclear suddenly falls o… More »
Work on the two-reactor expansion of the South Texas Project nuclear plant near Bay City will slow down in the wake of the nuclear power disasters in Japan. More »
The Texas Supreme Court has granted CenterPoint Energy’s request to recover what may be more than $2 billion in deregulation costs, which could mean another $3 per month on customer electric bills over the next 15 years. More »
The EPA released its long awaited air toxic standards for coal fired power plants yesterday. Though it is required by the implementation of the CAA 1990 amendments, it has been a long slog. In particular, the Bush EPA wanted to control some of the toxics such as Mercury through a cap and trade program, which […] More »
The industry wasn’t exactly happy to see EPA’s long-anticipated rules on mercury emissions from coal-fired plants, but analysts said the new regs aren’t as bad as they expected. More »
Tokyo endured more rolling blackouts Thursday and faces at least six months of power shortages as earthquake damage to nuclear plants idles factories. More »
Love of the wallet seems to motivate more people to cut back on energy usage than love of Mother Earth, according to a Deloitte/Harrison Group survey. More »
Japan’s ongoing nuclear power disaster may be giving the industry a Chernobyl-sized black eye, but to those in the industry not all power plant projects are the same. More »
Analysts expect the Japanese earthquake, tsunamis and nuclear power incidents that have sent oil prices down later will lead to a rise as recovery efforts take off and the need for gas-fired power plants picks up. More »
Switzerland abruptly halted to build and replace nuclear plants amid safety woes in Japan. More »
Japan’s 9.0 earthquake is most likely a non-event for the crude oil, and the nuclear power basically has met its Deepwater Horizon.
The ongoing delays in federal regulations has meant operators are keeping their largely profitable coal units up and running, say CERAWeek panelists. More »