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Calpine to acquire Champion Energy for $240 million

Calpine, one of the nation’s top power generators, will acquire Houston-based Champion and its 180 employees, all of whom will make the switch. Champion has 2.5 million residential customers, many in Texas, and 18,000 commercial and industrial customers.
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Entergy Texas pulls out of power station purchase

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. will still proceed with its $948 million acquisition of the Union Power Station near El Dorado, Arkansas, but the Entergy Texas subsidiary no longer will pay the $237 million to buy one of the four, 495-megawatt generating units at the natural gas-fired plant. Florida-based Entegra Power Group is selling the plant.
John Fainter, president and CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, poses in his offices Dec. 8, 2003, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Longtime head of lobbying arm for Texas electric companies retires

John Fainter, 76, who headed the Association of Electric Companies of Texas for 18 years, said he is retiring at the end of the year to spend more time with his grandchildren.
A map of Texas showing the state s transmission lines is a focal point in the control room of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates most of the state's power grid. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Commentary: ERCOT Seeks Fee Increase

ERCOT wants to increase its revenues — and it’s seeking another rate hike to make it happen.
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Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest U.S. electricity source

Power companies have been installing more natural gas turbines at plants, with new regulations that restrict the emission of greenhouse gasses has added new pressure to make the switch.
Exelon Corp. will use GE gas turbines, like the one pictured above, in its Texas plants. (GE)

Exelon expanding gas-fueled power plants near Houston, Fort Worth

The projects, which are roughly $750 million each, will triple the amount of power production at Exelon’s Colorado Bend Generating Station in Wharton, which is about 45 miles southwest of Houston. The second 1,000-megawatt expansion is for the Wolf Hollow Generating Station outside of Fort Worth.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Feds propose more safety valves for gas lines

An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place.
A 7-megawatt wind turbine, a pilot project led by Marubeni Corp. and funded by the Japanese government, stands at a port in Onahama, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Monday, June 22, 2015. The new turbine will join a smaller 2-megawatt model, which has been generating power at the project about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima since November 2013. Photographer: Noriyuki Aida/Bloomberg

Foundations for first U.S. offshore wind farm head for Rhode Island

Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, with the ability to power 17,000 homes as early as next year.
old lady paying bill

Low-income Texans expected to receive $50 electric bill discounts

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, a leading advocate for House Bill 1101, called the legislation the most important this year for electric customers.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

One of Texas’ biggest winds farms is getting an upgrade

North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will replace the wind farm’s lead acid battery storage system with lithium-ion technology in 2016 for better performance. Duke owns the Notrees Windpower Project that includes 95 wind turbines and generates 153 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 46,000 homes.