Category: Electricity

Proposed Nebraska power line draws opposition

One of Nebraska’s biggest utilities wants to build a 220-mile power transmission line across the Sandhills, but the project is drawing strong opposition from some environmental groups.  More »

Berkshire Hathaway unit buying AltaLink for $2.9B

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s energy unit is buying the rest of Canadian power transmission provider AltaLink for about $2.92 billion.  More »

Texas faces summer power crunch despite six new generators

New power generators coming online by August will add capacity to the state’s power grid, but customers may still demand so much electricity this summer that the state’s grid operator could ask them to reduce usage.  More »

Energy Future bankruptcy opens with battle over venue

Before Energy Future Holdings Corp. can start fighting junior creditors opposed to the company’s more-than $40 billion bankruptcy plan, the judge overseeing the case must pick the battleground.  More »

US regulations push wave-energy project to Australia

A company that was planning a wave energy installation off the Oregon coast that could have powered 1,000 homes has said it will instead undertake the project in Australia.  More »

What the bankruptcy of TXU’s parent means for consumers

As news of Energy Future Holdings’ bankruptcy filing spread Tuesday, advocates and economists disagreed about what, exactly, it may mean for the customers 1.7 million retail customers.  More »

High court upholds emissions rule Texas and others challenged

The Supreme Court upheld an EPA rule requiring aging power plants to reduce emissions that cross state lines. Texas was among states challenging the rule.  More »

Bankruptcy won’t hit Texas power customers

TXU Energy is expected to operate as usual despite a bankruptcy filing.  More »

Texas power company files for bankruptcy

Tuesday’s filing in Delaware is the result of months of wrangling among creditors, owners and management, and represents the failure of a bet that natural-gas prices would rise enough to justify the $48 billion price.  More »

Report: Geothermal market booming abroad, flat in U.S.

A new report says the geothermal industry is booming internationally but is stagnant closer to home.  More »

Duke says moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

Duke’s electricity customers likely would foot nearly all the bill.  More »

US energy chief: New England energy issues vexing

The nation’s top energy official noted Monday that fuel heating and cooling homes and businesses in New England is among the costliest in the nation, largely because of infrastructure restraints.  More »

Utility pleads not guilty in fatal pipeline blast

As survivors of the blast looked on, attorneys for California’s largest utility entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco to 12 felony violations of federal pipeline safety laws.  More »

Utility to be arraigned in fatal pipeline blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials are set to appear in court on Monday to face federal felony charges involving safety violations tied to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.  More »

Calpine selling southeastern power plants for $1.6B

Houston power generator Calpine Corp. is selling power plants in the southeastern United States for $1.57 billion, a move is says could help focus its efforts in wholesale power markets in Texas, California and elsewhere, the company said Friday.  More »