Constellation Energy's coal-fired Brandon Shores power plant in Anne Arundel County, Md., Jan 15, 2012. (Shannon Jensen/The New York Times)

Entergy sells natural gas power plant for nearly $500 million

Entergy, which services much of the Greater Houston region through its Entergy Texas subsidiary, said it bought the 13-year-old Rhode Island State Energy Center power plant for $346 million in 2011 and wants to free up more cash for other opportunities.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

NRDC: U.S. has made “unprecedented” shift to renewables

While natural gas plants are considered more environmentally friendly than their coal counterparts, the report notes natural gas production is linked to the emission of methane — the main component of natural gas — which is a “potent climate change pollutant.”
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Gas power passes coal for the second time ever

The amount of electricity generated from natural gas surpassed the share of coal-fired production in July for just the second time ever — the first time being in April.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Citigroup, citing climate change, will reduce coal financing

Citigroup said its credit exposure to coal mining had “declined materially” since 2011 and that the trend would continue into the future.
(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.

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walk from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House. Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a State Visit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

China plans to launch national cap-and-trade system

Beijing plans to put a cap-and-trade system in place in 2017 as part of measures aimed to address climate change in cooperation with the U.S. and others.
(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.
A map included in the Sierra Club's report shows the position of several schools near the W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County. (Screengrab of Sierra Club report)

Sierra Club: NRG coal plant near Houston violates pollution standards

While NRG disputes the claims, the Sierra Club study contends the W.A. Parish power plant in the small town of Thompsons is exceeding allowable sulfur dioxide emissions by more than twice the federal standard in its highest concentrations.
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express News)

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.