Tag: Electricity

Calpine selling southeastern power plants for $1.6B

Houston power generator Calpine Corp. is selling power plants in the southeastern United States for $1.57 billion, a move is says could help focus its efforts in wholesale power markets in Texas, California and elsewhere, the company said Friday.  More »

Grid operator endorses $590M power project for Houston area

The state’s electric grid operator has endorsed $590 million in upgrades designed to improve electric reliability in the Houston area.  More »

Tech titans graded in green energy friendliness

Apple and Facebook won near-perfect grades in a new rating of tech giants’ clean energy friendliness, while Twitter and Amazon failed on almost every measure.  More »

Mexico tapping wind potential

The historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector could shift the direction of its nascent wind power industry to the huge market north of the border.  More »

Rising utility costs lingering after winter’s chill fades

U.S. consumers got a glimpse of rising future utility bills during the winter as coal- and nuclear-plant shutdowns boosted reliance on natural gas.  More »

Alaska lawmaker wants coal plant without federal regulations

A Republican senator says Alaska should ignore federal regulations and plan to build a large-scale coal-powered plant to generate electricity in the event of an energy crisis.  More »

Texans boost natural gas use for driving, but not for power

Texans increased their use of natural gas to fuel cars and trucks in 2013, but reduced its use to power lights and appliances, according to new federal data.  More »

Company plans $2B Ethiopian power project on imploded volcano

Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic power-plant builder, plans to begin drilling in Ethiopia by July as part of a $2 billion project to develop the renewable energy source, Chief Operating Officer Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson said.  More »

Using trash to make electric power in Nigeria (photos)

Lagos is engulfed in waste. But the Nigerian city is turning its problem into an advantage by starting a program to convert waste into methane gas to generate electricity.  More »

Renewables to help electrify Africa

Renewables are likely to play a large role in the electrification of Africa, likely making traditional grids less important, energy ministers said Thursday at the IHS Energy CERAWeek summit in Houston.  More »

Cold weather, hot market: Texas power price reaches max

Wholesale electricity in Texas, typically less than $100 per megawatt hour, reached $5,000 as heating demand approached generation capacity.  More »

China would use coal plant to power Jamaica port

A Chinese company wants to build its own coal-fired plant in southern Jamaica to generate the power needed for a hoped-for $1.5 billion port that the Caribbean island envisions as helping transform its chronically sluggish economy.  More »
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