Legal Challenges to Clean Power Plan Down (slightly), But Not Out

Earlier this month, three Federal judges declined review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule restricting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants – also known as the ‘Clean Power Plan.’ And like most politically charged court decisions, some declared ‘victory’ for the Obama Administration and the EPA. The truth is that the court declined […]
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Alstom, GE to answer regulators’ concerns on sale

GE and Alstom are walking a fine line as they’re trying to close the deal, attempting to accommodate the commission while sticking firm to its original merger terms.
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Texas rep counts one victory for cheap electricity, one loss for those using less of it

Texans looking to conserve energy may continue to face monthly penalties on their electricity bills, but low-income residents should keep receiving discounts on their power usage.
H.B. "Trip" Doggett, shown last year at the Taylor offices of the  Electric Reliability Council of Texas, says he'll retire next year as CEO of the agency that manages most of the state power grid. (Houston Chronicle photo)

CEO of Texas power grid manager will retire next year

Doggett, an electrical engineer who formerly worked with power generator and natural gas utility Duke Energy, joined ERCOT as chief operating officer in 2008 and was named president and CEO two years later.
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Following Enable CEO resignation, CenterPoint boss takes over as pipeline-spinoff chairman

In a bit of revolving chairs, CenterPoint CEO Scott Prochazka is the new chairman of Enable Midstream Partners, while former Enable Chairman Pete Delaney is the new interim president and CEO. The moves were precipitated by the seemingly abrupt resignation of former President and CEO Lynn Bourdon.
An Energy Department grant helped CenterPoint install smart meters in its entire service area two years ahead of schedule.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

CenterPoint eliminates smart meter surcharge

The end of the smart meter surcharge, which is largely passed onto customers by the retail electricity companies, will eventually mean fewer charges for many homeowners and renters. The exact surcharges passed onto to customers vary based on the contracts with their electricity providers.
Remnants of the latest corn crop rest in the shadow of an Ameren Corp. power plant outside of the 2,850-reisdent southern Illinois town of Newton. Newton, which touts its Jasper County connections to late singer and Academy Award-winning actor Burl Ives, also takes pride in the coal-fired plant, which many locals worry faces a clouded future as Illinois pollution-control regulators decide whether to give Texas-based Dynegy Inc. more time to install pollution controls on the Newton plant and four other Illinois ones it seeks to buy. Newton residents fear an unfavorable ruling could upend the Dynegy deal and perhaps force the power plant to close, posing a crippling loss of tax revenue. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)

Dynegy accused of market manipulation to increase electricity rates

Dynegy, which denies the claims, is accused of using a power auction by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator — a regional transmission organization in the Midwest — to push prices up for parts of Illinois from $16.75 per megawatt-day last year to $150 this year, an increase of 800 percent.
The East Texas Electric Cooperative, the Trinity River Authority and other participants broke ground Wednesday on the new hydroelectric power plant at Lake Livingston. (ETEC)

Construction kicks off for hydroelectric plant near Houston

The East Texas Electric Cooperative, or ETEC, broke ground Wednesday on the new 24-megawatt power plant will power about 12,000 eastern Texas homes and generate about $1 million annually for the city of Houston for the right to use city facilities at the lake.
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EIA: Clean Power Plan could return CO2 emissions to 1980 levels

The Clean Power Plan is intended to reduce emissions from power plants and its rules give states the option of pursuing several strategies to do so, according to the EIA.
In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

‘Sunshine State’ or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

The state’s rules favoring utilities have made unlikely allies of groups like the Sierra Club and the tea party, who view the lack of consumer choice as harmful to the environment and an infringement on personal freedom.
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