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Dynegy gets federal OK to buy Duke, Energy Capital plants

In buying the units, which sell power in competitive wholesale markets, Dynegy will nearly double the company’s electricity generation capacity.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Senate approves long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency

The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. A similar bill was defeated last year after it became enmeshed in a partisan fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in the Washington Post, energy […]
Rep. Sylvester Turner speaks at the Texas State Capitol in 2009. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

Electric industry pushes back against bill restricting minimum-use fees

During a late-night hearing in Austin on Wednesday, the companies argued that “minimum use fees” — charged to customers who use too-little electricity each month — are fundamental to the economics of some power plans.
Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C.  AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources previously called the penalty the state’s largest for environmental damages.
Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources plunges the snow depth survey pole into the snowpack he conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday March 3,  2015. The third snow survey of the season showed the snow pack to be .9 inches deep with a water content of 6.9 inches, which is 5 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada stands at 12 percent of average. Energy officials say that means less melting snow throughout the year to run the turbines at dams.
(Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.
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EIA: Electricity prices rose at fastest rate in six years in 2014

Residential electricity prices surged last year for residents in many of the country, but 2015’s rate hikes are expected to be less dramatic, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Delegates attend an economic conference, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Saturday, March 14, 2015. Egypt raked in promises of more than $12 billion in investment and aid from its Gulf Arab allies on Friday, kicking off an international conference aimed at rescuing the country's gutted economy and giving a political boost to its soldier-turned-president. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made his case for the world's support, depicting Egypt as vital to regional stability and a bulwark against Islamic militancy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Businesses upbeat on Egypt’s chances at investment meeting

Saturday’s focus shifted to the private sector, with several companies announcing agreements, including some from Germany’s Siemens AG that were the largest single package signed at the three-day conference.

State lawmakers introduce demand response bill

State lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday that would make it easier for companies to pay electric customers who agree to reduce their power use when demand strains the grid.