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Oklahoma leaders looking for more wind regulations

Oklahoma rolled out the welcome mat for the wind industry a decade ago with lucrative tax incentives and a lax regulatory environment, but as the number of wind farms has skyrocketed, so too has the concern among landowners.  More »
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Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects

The effort builds on an earlier goal to arrange $50 billion in deals that the bank set for itself in 2007 and achieved in 2013, three years ahead of schedule.  More »
(Carolyn Mary Bauman /Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Wind company paying first dividend since 2003 in industry rebound

After slashing 3,000 jobs since 2011 and closing a third of its factories to survive a plunge in turbine prices, Vestas today reported its first full-year profit since 2010.  More »
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California formally opens large solar plant

California has been steadily expanding its use of solar power to meet the state’s renewable energy standards, while testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy.  More »
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Texans who don’t use enough power hit with penalty fees

Many Texans receive penalty fees on their electric bills for not using enough power.  More »
(Carolyn Mary Bauman /Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Texas wind cracks 10 percent threshold

The amount of wind power generated in the state cracked the 10 percent threshold last year for the first time as the industry continues to make strides in the western and Panhandle regions of Texas.  More »
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EPA delays rule to cut carbon from new coal power plants

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has vowed to overturn the emissions rules.  More »
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States work to meet new renewable energy standards

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.  More »
Electric Reliability Council of Texas ERCOT

Take a look inside ERCOT’s control room

One of the most important rooms in the state is one few Texans will ever see.  More »
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Cheap oil jamming rails means higher U.S. power bills

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.  More »
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Massive Siemens gas turbine takes a ride to Florida

FPL started construction on the $1.2 billion plant in the first quarter of 2014 and expects it to come online in 2016.  More »
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SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

SolarCity’s loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.  More »
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Judge dismisses Nebraska’s EPA lawsuit

Nebraska’s attorney general filed the lawsuit in January, saying “the impossible standards imposed by the EPA will ensure no new power plants are built in Nebraska.”  More »
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Solar may become largest global power source by 2050

Photovoltaic plants may provide as much as 16 percent of global electricity, according to the International Energy Agency.  More »
Dynegy CEO Robert Flexon is at the company's commercial desk. (Photo/James Nielsen)

Dynegy’s CEO says the company is in it for the long run

Once Dynegy’s two deals close early next year, Dynegy’s workforce should grow from around 1,600 employees to 2,600.  More »
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