A panel of Texas electricity officials discusses the state's shift away from coal-fired power plants on the fourth day of IHS Energy's weeklong CERAWeek conference.

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.
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CERAWeek: EPA should expect litigation deluge over carbon emissions rules

In the next few months, the EPA is expected to release a final set of rules for forcing the electricity sector to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
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CERAWeek: Mexico’s power markets draw on past privatizations

Regulators at one point had made a chart tracking the origins of the many different elements of Mexico’s regulatory scheme.
Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek conference at Hilton Americas - Houston Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Siemens CEO Kaeser still up on U.S. oil industry

Even after nine months of plunging crude prices, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser says he still believes the U.S. oil industry is “pretty cool.”
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Energy Department: The U.S. energy grid needs $15 billion in upgrades

Severe weather is the leading cause of power disruptions, costing the U.S. economy from $18 billion to $33 billion a year, and climate change will only make it worse, a White House review on energy infrastructure concludes.
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For Texas, Energy Efficiency Presents an Opportunity

Energy efficiency might not be the first thing to come to mind when using the words “energy” and “Texas” in the same sentence. As Texans, we’re justifiably proud our state’s status as the largest producer of oil, natural gas and wind energy in the nation, and its our electricity costs are below average; and yet […]
An Energy Department grant helped CenterPoint install smart meters in its entire service area two years ahead of schedule.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Feds say CenterPoint was smart with grid grants

Energy Department grants funded more than a fourth of CenterPoint’s $750 million project to reduce the duration of power outages and provide customers timely information about their electricity use.
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Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.
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Odessa coal-to-gas power plant to break ground this year

A new power plant in West Texas that essentially transforms coal into cleaner-burning natural gas is poised to break ground later this, an executive in charge of it said at a conference in Houston Wednesday.
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Citigroup says renewables will continue upward trajectory, even as crude tumbles

Oil generates about 5 percent of global electricity and doesn’t generally compete directly with wind and solar power, Citigroup researchers said.