Category: Electricity

NRG acquires residential solar company

Energy provider NRG Energy Inc. announced it has acquired a New Jersey-based solar company as part of an effort to help customers interested in generating their own clean power.  More »

Solar power shines in eyes of Americans

Americans are cozying up to the idea of solar power, with four-fifths saying they view it positively, according to a survey released Monday.  More »

Mexico tapping wind potential

The historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector could shift the direction of its nascent wind power industry to the huge market north of the border.  More »

Wind power hits Texas record

The new West Texas transmission lines helped Lone Star wind power reaching new gusty heights, reaching a record of more than 10,000 megawatts of generation late Wednesday night.  More »

UH teams up with energy companies for real-world electricity research

The University of Houston has teamed up with two Houston-based energy companies to create a special think tank focused on the needs of electricity companies, the university announced Monday.  More »

Power-grid attack fuels debate over threat of snipers vs. hackers

U.S. energy regulators’ efforts to harden the power grid against snipers and terrorists are fueling a debate over whether they’re diverting resources from other threats, like cyber attacks.  More »

Company plans $2B Ethiopian power project on imploded volcano

Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic power-plant builder, plans to begin drilling in Ethiopia by July as part of a $2 billion project to develop the renewable energy source, Chief Operating Officer Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson said.  More »

Using trash to make electric power in Nigeria (photos)

Lagos is engulfed in waste. But the Nigerian city is turning its problem into an advantage by starting a program to convert waste into methane gas to generate electricity.  More »

Texas grid managers say cold weather pushed prices up to system max

Freezing temperatures that raised power demand while knocking some generators offline were key factors in a Jan. 6 power emergency that pushed Texas close to blackouts, the grid operator confirms in a new report.  More »

International power supply hinges on incremental generation advances

Power-generation technology will have to adapt to a massive increase in decentralized energy sources expected to come online in developing economies in Africa and Asia in coming years, a trend that reverses the energy industry’s focus on large coal and gas-fired plants in the U.S. and wealthier countries, an energy executive said Thursday.  More »

Expanding power generation methods requires grid investment

Using diverse generation sources for electricity adds efficiency and reliability, but also requires investment in grid and fuel transportation infrastructure, IHS CERAWeek panelists said.  More »

Power grid takes on the West Texas drilling boom

The booming oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin has created a voracious demand for power in West Texas, one that the grid is struggling to keep pace with, a Texas grid manager said Thursday.  More »