Discussing the `War on Coal’ on Fox Business

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Yesterday, I was on Melissa Francis’ show on Fox Business discussing the “war on the coal,” which dovetailed with a column I wrote in May looking at how coal plant operators were trying to blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their …
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Steffy: Fixing Texas’ power market woes

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We made it through the summer, and the lights stayed on.
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Blow-by-Blow PV System Efficiency: A Case Study for Storage

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This is a guest post by Tom Murphy. Tom is an associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. This post originally appeared on Tom’s blog Do the Math.
A short while back, I described my standalone (off-grid) urban photovoltai…
An Indian ragpicker helps her husband to lift a big sack of garbage at a garbage dump on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. Those whose survival depends on this gray market in trash fear their lives are about to be upended. Because where they see money in those mountains of garbage, the New Delhi government sees electricity. Desperate for cheap energy, the Delhi government is experimenting with power plants fueled by garbage. One plant is now running on a trial basis and two more are under construction. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Trash-to-energy plan worries New Delhi ragpickers

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Leaning on a battered set of scales while flies swarmed his piles of trash, Akbar said he wasn’t demanding much: “All I want is continued access to waste.”
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accused J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corp. of misleading regulators and said its authority to sell electricity may be suspended. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

FERC says JPMorgan power-trading unit faces suspension

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The order is part of FERC’s effort to eliminate manipulation of the electricity market.
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.

Getting more juice may squeeze electric customers

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State officials in recent months have been trying to figure out how to get more money out of consumers to give to power companies.
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NRG Energy's SR Bertron Power Plant in Deer Park, Texas. (Photo: NRG Energy)

New plant to ease strain on Texas grid in 2013

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Wood Group GTS will build a new 75 megawatt natural gas power facility in Texas for NRG Energy, the company announced Thursday.
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U.S. solar industry anticipates utility metering backlash

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The growing use of rooftop solar systems are spurring concern that U.S. utilities may decline to purchase power generated by the panels, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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The shale drilling boom has increased the interest in information about upstream energy developments. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

An electricity plan fueled by natural gas pride

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A new retail energy plan offers electricity exclusively generated in Texas using Texas natural gas.
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Democrats seek probe of climate change effects on thirsty electric sector

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Two top Democratic representatives are asking the House to probe whether climate-change related heat waves and droughts jeopardize the nation’s electric supply.