States work to meet new renewable energy standards

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From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.
Electric Reliability Council of Texas ERCOT

Take a look inside ERCOT’s control room

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One of the most important rooms in the state is one few Texans will ever see.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Entergy: Louisiana needs more electricity for industry

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That likely means building power plants for about $1 billion a piece, which the 1 million customers of Entergy Corp.’s Louisiana companies will be expected to pay.
A rig works in the Barnett Shale. (Enervest)

Top Five Energy Stories of 2014

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This year the news has been full of good news and bad news for U.S. energy consumers. Major policy decisions (or lack thereof), changes in technology and emerging market forces have all played a role in influencing this year’s cheers and jeers in U.S. energy news. #1: The Energy Revolution Leads to Lower Gas Prices […]
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Cheap oil jamming rails means higher U.S. power bills

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While the U.S. has the world’s biggest coal reserves, utilities are forecast by the government to end the year with the lowest stockpiles since 2005.
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Study: All-electric cars may not be so green

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The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.
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States looking to increase electric-vehicle charging stations

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Several states are pushing forward tax incentive programs to provide charging stations for the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.
(Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon: North America to be energy exporter by 2020

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The company’s forecast outlined an about 35 percent growth in energy demand across the world through 2040, driven mostly by a growing population and the rise of an energy-hungry middle class in developing countries.
(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Report: Energy efficiency could cost U.S. utilities $48 billion

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Two trends in the power sector — the expansion of distributed generation and advances in energy efficiency — could cost U.S. utilities up to $48 billion annually by 2025, according to a new report.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.