Category: Electricity

Texas says EPA relied on flawed data in latest court filing

Texas filed its second motion against the EPA this week, this time seeking to block enforcement of new air pollution rules amid concerns that the regulations could lead to power outages.  More »

Smart meter rollout starts in League City, coastal towns

Coastal communities like League City and Texas City will start to see smart meters showing up on their homes and businesses in the coming year at local grid operator TNMP starts its roll out.  More »

EPA says new pollution requirements won’t cause blackouts

The Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator said today the agency’s upcoming rule for reducing power plants’ toxic emissions wouldn’t cause electricity service disruptions and blackouts.  More »

Texas sues EPA over cross-state pollution rules

The State of Texas follows power plant operator Luminant in filing a suit against the EPA, saying it didn’t allow enough time for the state to comply with new emissions rules set to begin Jan. 1, 2011.  More »

Latinos could suffer from current smog levels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should toughen standards for ozone and toxic emissions to protect the health of Latinos, environmental and Latino groups said today.  More »

Smith calls for independent Solyndra loan investigation

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wants the Department of Justice to hire an outside lawyer to probe an Energy Department loan to bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.  More »

CenterPoint asks to stop tiered gas price program

CenterPoint Energy is asking Minnesota regulators to halt a natural gas pricing program after complaints from customers and Attorney General Lori Swanson.  More »

Carter: Natural gas could give U.S. path to energy security

Former President Jimmy Carter said renewable energy is unlikely to produce large amounts of power in the near future, but the nation’s natural gas reserves could put the U.S. on a path to energy security, according to a Platts press release.  More »

China helps, but solar prices sink slowly in the West

The price of solar panels has plunged in recent years. But the price of a complete home solar system hasn’t kept pace.  More »

Is it really do-or-die for Texas power plants on Jan. 1?

Luminant has said it has no choice but to shut down two power units on Jan. 1 in response to new EPA rules. Some Wall Street analysts don’t think that’s necessary.  More »

After Irene, $100 million electric bill for utility company

LIPA officials are awaiting a final assessment by contractor National Grid on today.  More »

EPA won’t “force the lights to go out” *update*

A top EPA official today rebuffed concerns that some Texas power plants could shut down because providers do not have enough time to prepare for new requirements to reduce toxic emissions that cross state lines.  More »