Category: Electricity

Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people’s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.  More »

Top 5 Ways Energy Production Benefited Consumers in 2013

Its been a busy year for U.S. energy production with consumer prices on the decline due to increasing domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Here are the Top 5 energy related news stories that benefit consumers in 2013.  More »

Utilities fight back as rooftop solar heats up

With bills for 1,600 square foot houses like these running as high as $400 a month, solar is seen as less a green statement than an economic no-brainer given state and federal tax credits for as much as 65 percent of installation costs.  More »

Despite chill, natural gas prices unlikely to rise much

Natural gas prices have been on the rise this winter, but they are likely to fall in the coming months because of limited demand for the fuel and because of coal.  More »

Bicycles will help power Times Square’s New Year’s Eve bash

Bicycles installed in Times Square are being connected to 12-volt deep cycle batteries that will help illuminate the famed ball that will descend New Year’s Eve.  More »

West Texas wind soon will light up the region

A 3,000-mile network of transmission lines designed to bring wind-generated power from West Texas to homes and businesses from Dallas to San Antonio should be fully operational by Tuesday, year’s end.  More »

Solar energy projects finally getting boost in NY

An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York’s Finger Lakes is a sign of the state’s latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy.  More »

Bigger homes, more gadgets not stopping drop in power use

U.S. electricity sales are on track to fall again in 2013, likely marking the fifth time in six years that Americans have bought less power than the year before, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.  More »

Entergy hands off control of power grid

There’s a new traffic cop directing electricity flows to 2.8 million power customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.  More »

Moody’s: Moderate demand will temper power prices in 2014

The rise of solar power and environmental regulations could pose a threat to the utility industry in 2014 and beyond, according to a new forecast from the credit rating firm.  More »

Direct Energy to sell Texas power plants to Blackstone

Blackstone, a private equity firm, will buy three gas-fired generators in Texas for $685 million in cash from Direct Energy, the company announced Wednesday.  More »