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Power retailer’s entry sheds light on green gains

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A new retail electric brand offering customers power generated exclusively from renewable sources illustrates Texas’ growing demand for clean energy, a consumer advocate says.
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Groundbreaking Thursday for new Temple power plant

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Groundbreaking is set for Thursday for a 758-megawatt, natural gas-fueled power plant to serve Central Texas.
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Entergy CEO J. Wayne Leonard. (Rogelio Solis/Associated Press file)

Leonard to retire as Entergy leader next year

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Entergy said the changes had nothing to do with criticism by some Louisiana officials for what they deemed a slow restoration of power following Hurricane Isaac.

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Exit signs consuming billions of kilowatt hours each year

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Businesses and other building owners are spending about $3 billion a year to keep exit signs illuminated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to federal information.
The control room of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in Austin, 2002. (Houston Chronicle file photo)

ERCOT says grid is ready for fall and winter

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Texas’ main grid operator says it anticipates having enough power available to serve customers through the fall and winter.
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An Aug. 15, 2012 photo shows Compact Membrane Systems founder Stuart Nemser in Newport, Md. His Compact Membrane Systems has put its products in electrical devices throughout the world and has attracted large government grants.   (AP Photo/The News Journal, Robert Craig)

Former DuPont researcher now runs Del. company

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When Stu Nemser left DuPont in 1993, he knew he had a promising technology upon which to build a business.
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Greg Thiergart, a radio communication technician with CenterPoint Energy, works on a smart meter project in Houston. (Houston Chronicle file photo/Johnny Hanson)

Homeowner claims smart meter started fire

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Centerpoint Energy, which has installed more than 2 million meters, said the meter was working fine prior to the fire, and the company plans to investigation the incident.
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DC Panel Goes “Through the Looking Glass” in Cross State Air Pollution Rule decision

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On Tuesday, a panel of the DC Circuit released its long awaited opinion in EME Homer City Generation v. EPA. This case was brought about on consolidated challenges to the EPA’s attempt to implement the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, a follow up to the CAIR (Clean Air Interstate Rule) that the DC Circuit found […]
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Direct Energy adds two more retailers to footprint

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Direct Energy completed an acquisition of two Northeastern electricity providers Thursday, adding to an ongoing expansion of its retail business, the company said.
Hybrid taxi; could buses be next? (AP file photo/Mary Altaffer)

Demand for electric buses expected to grow 25 percent annually

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Cities are purchasing more hybrid electric buses to improve fuel economy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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