(AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

BlackRock buys into new Texas wind projects

While the terms are not being disclosed, BlackRock also recently bought a 50 percent stake in the new, 200-megawatt Hereford Wind Project, which is southwest of Amarillo.
(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.
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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 […]
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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.
(Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

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.
(Associated Press)

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.
Environmentalists want California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP file photo/Nick Ut)

California’s climate fight comes down to late negotiations

The Democratic governor has to break through a logjam in his own party in the final week of the legislative session.
Foundation jackets and a deck are seen on a barge near a construction crane before their installation on Deepwater Wind, the nation's first offshore wind farm, Monday, July 27, 2015, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean Off Block Island, R.I. Deepwater Wind will consist of five turbines producing a total of 30 megawatts of electricity. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

U.S. lags Europe on offshore wind efforts

Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind reached its first “steel in the water” milestone in the early construction phase of its Block Island Wind Farm at the end of July, and the company has some other projects planned offshore of the Atlantic coast.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas electric grid breaks demand record, again

On July 29, ERCOT asked Texas consumers to reduce their power use to reduce the chance of outages, though Jones said the electric grid has been able to provide capacity as high as 71,000 megawatts.
A wind farm under construction off the southeast side of Block Island R.I., July 21, 2015. A few miles off the coast, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 840-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. (Gregg Vigliotti/The New York Times)

First U.S. offshore wind farm raises hopes for industry revolution

While there’s plenty of potential energy to harness, offshore wind has been mostly stymied by high costs. Onshore turbines are some of the cheapest sources of electricity, with an average cost of about $85 a megawatt-hour, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Coal costs about $90.