Category: Electricity

Shell may boost internal carbon price as emission rules tighten

Royal Dutch Shell Plc may boost the internal carbon emissions price it uses for planning new projects if governments tighten climate rules, according to an executive in its emissions unit.  More »

Analysis: Celebrities’ Keystone activism outweighs pipeline’s climate impact

Actress Daryl Hannah hasn’t chained herself to the White House fence in support of tougher power plant emissions. Maybe she should.  More »

Obama’s new carbon limits could boost gas demand

The Obama administration’s looming new plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could help boost electric utility’s demand for natural gas by as much as 45 percent, according to rough calculations from a leading industry trade group.  More »

Reliant hopes you’ll give up some control of the thermostat

Retail power provider Reliant is posing an intriguing question to customers: For a fee, would you be willing to give up some control of your thermostat?  More »

Power plant becomes a model for cleaner operation

A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.  More »

EU eyes plan to diversify energy but no easy fixes

The European Union’s executive has proposed a strategy to secure the bloc’s energy supplies — and notably reduce its reliance on Russia — by seeking new supplies from the Caspian Sea, the Mediterranean, and increasing use of transportable Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG.  More »

Wind giant Texas stands tall as rule change looms

Depending on how the Environmental Protection Agency writes the new rules on power plant emissions, states such as Texas and California that have embraced renewable power or boosted their gas use may not have far to go to meet the mandates.  More »

US wood pellet exports double on British demand surge

U.S. wood pellet exports doubled to 3.2 million short tons last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012, led by demand from the U.K.  More »

Judge rejects creditors’ bid to send bankruptcy case to Texas

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the bankrupt Texas power provider, will restructure $40 billion in debt in a Delaware court, a federal judge ruled, rejecting a request by creditors to transfer the case to Dallas, where the company is based.  More »

Transmission line could expand Texas wind market

A California-based energy company announced Wednesday that it has federal approval to build a transmission connecting Texas’s power grid to the power grid in the Southeast.  More »

Energy Future sued by lenders’ trustee for $665 million

nergy Future isn’t entitled to a “windfall” from failing to pay the premium owed for early redemption of debt, CSC Trust Co. of Delaware, which represents most holders of a unit’s $3.5 billion in 10 percent senior secured notes, said in the lawsuit  More »

Texas renewable energy production up 12 percent

Renewable energy production rose 12 percent last year, according to the state’s grid operator.  More »

Saudi gas reserves up as Aramco taps new shale deposits

Saudi Arabia’s natural gas reserves rose last year as it explored for the fuel in the Red Sea and tapped shale gas to free more crude oil for export, according to the kingdom’s state-run oil company.  More »

Fee to build phantom nuke waste site ends

Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn’t exist.  More »

Commerce official: US output booms while federal lands wilt

The United States will need to produce as much oil and gas as it can muster to prepare for massive global demand growth over the next four decades, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said Thursday.  More »