(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express News)

Wind, solar causing “upheaval” for utilities, San Antonio power exec says

Utility companies in Texas and beyond must adjust for the future or fade into oblivion, said Cris Eugster, chief generation and strategy officer for San Antonio’s integrated utility company, called CPS Energy.
Wind farm

Commentary: New technologies push clean energy boundaries

Innovative systems of collecting energy from the environment are pushing the boundaries of the current renewable energy landscape, fueling the growth of the market and overall acceptance of green energy as a form of energy production. From pocket-sized wind turbines to solar-paneled bike paths, the green energy movement is reaching new heights of innovative technologies […]
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Battery storage may soon play key role in electric grids

The “batteries charge up for the electric grid” study contends that ever-decreasing manufacturing costs from Tesla Energy and other companies will make lithium-ion batteries more economical in about three to five years, starting in states with financial incentives like California, Hawaii, New York and other Northeastern markets.
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NRG plans to spin off solar and sell some power plants

NRG has emphasized its solar growth the last couple of years, but Crane acknowledged Friday that investors have pushed for changes and NRG is six months behind on its solar installation goals.
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Wind power growth faces sharp decline without federal aid, report says

While critics oppose the continuation of what they call “wind welfare,” Texas leads the nation in wind power, which makes up about 14 percent of the Texas grid’s generation capacity.
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Luminant inks deal with SunEdison to bring more solar power to Texas grid

The companies are touting the deal as the largest in the country in which solar power is being bought to compete in a competitive wholesale marketplace with all other power generation.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

The president, in a speech at a clean energy conference in Las Vegas on Monday night, planned to announce new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.
NEWBURG, MD - JUNE 29: Two white ducks walk along the Beach at Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on the Potomac River on June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency "unreasonably" failed to consider the cost of the regulations.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Power plant operators say they’ve cut carbon emissions ahead of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The “Benchmarking Air Emissions” report, which examined the nation’s 100 largest electric power producers, comes in advance of the final proposal of the so-called Clean Power Plan from the the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
Exelon Corp. will use GE gas turbines, like the one pictured above, in its Texas plants. (GE)

Exelon expanding gas-fueled power plants near Houston, Fort Worth

The projects, which are roughly $750 million each, will triple the amount of power production at Exelon’s Colorado Bend Generating Station in Wharton, which is about 45 miles southwest of Houston. The second 1,000-megawatt expansion is for the Wolf Hollow Generating Station outside of Fort Worth.
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NRG spinoff buys into giant California solar farm

A spinoff of NRG Energy is buying 25 percent interest in the massive new Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in southern California for $285 million.