Superstorm Sandy

Sandy knocks out power for some Internet players

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Huffington Post and Gawker were among a series of websites that have gone down because of data center flooding and power outages at facilities containing servers, according to the websites.
High winds blow sea foam onto Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy move into the area. Governors from North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

See the explosion that blacked out lower NYC

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An explosion rocked a power substation yesterday belonging to Consolidated Edison Inc., New York City’s utility, near East 14th Street as Sandy, the Atlantic Ocean superstorm, combined hours of pounding wind and rain and left parts of Manhattan without power.
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Utility commissioners decline calls for mandatory solar energy targets

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The Texas Public Utility Commission rejected a proposal to mandate that the state develop 500 megawatts of non-wind renewable power generation by 2015.
Towers are assembled for power lines in Central Texas. A proposal to pay companies to build excess generating capability, through what is called a forward capacity market, has caused concern for consumers.

Regulators OK doubling wholesale power price cap

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The commission says raising prices is necessary to encourage more plant construction and prevent power outages.

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Texas officials may double electricity price cap

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The Texas Public Utility Commission is likely to double the price cap on wholesale electricity to encourage more generation.
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Reliant Energy executive leaves company

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Jason Few, who’s served as president of Reliant Energy since May 2009, has left the company. Few’s last day was Friday, and his departure was announced to employees in an internal memo.

Reliant President Jason Few has left the company

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The shakeup comes as NRG is completing its merger with Houston-based GenOn Energy, a $1.7 billion deal that will make NRG the country’s largest independent power producer.
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Fuel prices driving inflation

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Surging energy prices boosted an otherwise moderate inflation rate during September, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department Friday.
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Electricity complaints fall, but remain high, consumer group says

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Complaints from electricity customers in Texas fell 10 percent over the last year, but remain five times higher than before most residents were given the opportunity to choose their power providers, according to an analysis released today by a consumer group.
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Entergy power plant purchases stalled by inquiry

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In 2010, the Justice Department told Entergy it was investigating whether the company had unfairly favored use of its own power plants, controlled transmission lines to strangle independent power generators, and then swooped in to buy their modern plants on the cheap. Entergy found out about the inquiry as it was buying a Louisiana generator, the fifth in a series of purchases. Now antitrust approval to buy two more has been delayed.