Category: Electricity

Lights out at FERC

The agency responsible for overseeing the reliability of the U.S. electric grid shut its Washington, D.C., headquarters today because it had no power.  More »

Japanese energy strategy: Hawaiian shirts

The Japanese government is introducing a “Super Cool Biz” campaign that advocates wearing Hawaiian shirts, T-shirts and sandals to work as a way to save electricity this summer. (Via W$J)  More »

Texas should be ready for peak summer power demand *update*

The state’s electric grid should be primed for summer, state officials said while predicting a peak demand well below last summer’s record.  More »

Valero restarts Texas City refinery after power loss

Valero’s refinery and Texas City plants owned by BP and Marathon lost power early May 27. A spokesman for Valero declined to estimate when its refinery would be operating normally.  More »

More power outages hit Texas City refiners

A broken power line insulator may be behind outages in Texas City and LaMarque that knocked some refineries offline Friday morning. Power was restored later in the day.  More »

Constellation buys StarTex for $142.5M

The all-cash deal gives Baltimore, Md., based Constellation a foothold in the Texas mass market, the most active residential market in the country.  More »

Hydro Green Energy seeks to add turbines to Longhorn Dam

The Houston-based company wants to add three underwater turbines to the dam in Central Texas. It would then sell the electricity generated to the city of Austin.  More »

Power market is neither fish nor fowl

The electricity market in Texas is far from free, Loren Steffy writes. Even in the deregulated wholesale side of the business, regulators can’t seem to leave the market to its own devices.  More »

City’s lawsuit: Not enough light for the money

CenterPoint has overbilled the City of Houston for street lighting for 20 years, the city claims in a lawsuit.  More »

LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban on incandescents looms

Lighting makers compete for $10 million “L Prize” for energy-efficient replacements of old-school bulbs. The technology is promising but so far the prices aren’t consumer-friendly at about $40 apiece.  More »

No shock here: Houston’s electric bills are going up

In addition to the usual rise in summer power bills as it takes more juice to keep cool, a rate hike by the company that delivers the electricity likely will add about 1 percent more to customers’ monthly bill.  More »

Exelon to buy north Texas power plant

The Chicago energy company said it will buy the eight-year-old Wolf Hollow plant near Granbury, Texas. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.  More »

300 remain without power after Houston outages

The brief rains that rolled through parts of the Houston area Wednesday didn’t put much of a dent in local drought conditions but it was enough to knock out power for thousands of CenterPoint Energy customers, hundreds of whom remained without power this morning.  More »

Conoco’s Sweeny refinery flares following power outage

A temporary power outage Tuesday knocked some units offline at Brazoria County refinery.  More »

Dynegy reports net loss for fourth consecutive quarter

The Houston-based power producer reported a first-quarter net loss of $77 million, or 64 cents a share, compared with net income of $145 million, or $1.20, a year ago. The company was expected to lose 70 cents a share, according to one analyst’s estimate.  More »