Energy Trends in Africa

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While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So it was interesting to sift through this comprehensive report from the IEA to get a better understanding of some of the broader energy trends underway. Henceforth are my […]
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CenterPoint Energy profits dip slightly

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CenterPoint Energy’s businesses posted higher operating costs and electricity distribution suffered due to milder weather.
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

Cool temperatures cut into NRG’s 2014 results, as the company bets on home solar

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In a call Wednesday, executives at NRG Energy discussed third-quarter results held back by a cool summer before offering a very hot projection for growth in the company’s home solar business.
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

NRG adds some power to transmission line debate

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NRG Energy has begun building a new power plant in the Houston area, and says the region doesn’t need a proposed new transmission line that would bring power in from plants elsewhere in the state.
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ERCOT: Texas grid should have sufficient supplies through winter

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Increased electric resources should keep the Texas power grid sufficiently supplied through the expected colder-than-normal winter season, officials for the state’s grid operator said Friday.
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Is Your Energy Bill Too High?

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Have you ever wondered what state has the lowest utility bills? A recent study conducted by WalletHub.com contrasting energy costs through state-by-state consumption rates unearthed the answer. Overall, averaged across three energy categories – electricity, natural gas, and vehicle fuel – Colorado spends the least – per capita – at $301 per month. Following Colorado […]
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Louisiana utility company to be bought for $3.4 billion

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Investors led by Australia’s Macquarie Group Ltd. agreed to buy Louisiana utility Cleco Corp. for $3.4 billion in cash, attracted by the steady, long-term returns of regulated power assets.
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Q&A: Small generators pose big challenge to utilities

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“Distributed generation” — or power generators installed at or near the sites they serve — threaten to shake up the electricity sector as we know. Attorney Ram Sunkara discusses how the industry will have to adapt to the new technology.
Visitors And Attractions At The Niagara Falls State Park As Tourism Rises

Lawyers to debate $590 million Houston transmission project

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State regulators could decide as soon as next month whether a proposed $590 million transmission line to the Houston area will be allowed to move forward.
Nissan LEAF Electric Car is displayed at the Houston Auto Show on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The Nissan LEAF gets the equivalent of about 129 miles per gallon in the city. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle)

Automakers, utilities studying how to manage electric vehicles

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A consortium of eight major automakers is poised to test the first-ever technology that would allow electric cars to communicate with utility companies in an effort to better manage vehicles’ power consumption.