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Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan

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In a surprising moves to legal experts, the Supreme Court today in a 5-4 ruling stayed the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) supporting greenhouse gas reductions at fossil fuel fired power plants.  The move was surprising because the Supreme Court rarely involves itself in the determination of whether or not a temporary […]
Outside the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant at Avila Beach, California, U.S., on Friday, March 30, 2012. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Feds approve new nuclear reactors near Houston

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Two hurdles for the projects could delay NRG’s plans indefinitely, however.
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Solar energy grows 30 percent in Texas, keeping pace with country

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A report released Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the capacity of solar installations grew by more than 32 percent nationwide last year.
A CenterPoint Energy employee in Houston on May 21, 2013. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

CenterPoint Energy soars after activist investor discloses stake

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission notice dated Thursday shows a unit of Elliott Management, the $27 billion hedge fund run by billionaire Paul Singer, was granted approval for an acquisition involving the company.
David Crane, president and chief executive officer of NRG Energy, Inc. ,  looks at Solar panels above a parking lot at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona Tuesday June 11, 2013. (Laura Segall/ Bloomberg News)

NRG Energy makes management shifts amid sinking stock

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NRG President and CEO David Crane bemoaned the “unabated selloff in our stock” earlier in November.
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TCAP Commentary: 6 Key Questions about Massive Utility Sale

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The REIT structure has been proposed as a method for the utility to reduce its federal tax payments. Oncor’s ratepayers should expect a fair share of that tax savings in the form of discounted rates.
An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (ERCOT/Tom Reel)

ERCOT projects Texas grid to withstand upcoming winter conditions

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is projecting to have more power capacity in reserve than originally anticipated thanks to more wind power coming online.
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Commentary: Regulators Approve Nearly 20 Percent Fee Hike for Texas Electric Grid Operator

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The fee hike, the largest since at least 2009, will be applied to wholesale power purchases, meaning that it won’t go directly into home bills. But it’s sure to trickle down anyway, and could increase your energy costs by 10 cents or more each month.
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Commentary: Why The $5 Billion Battery Plan Went Nowhere

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The sticking point is that under the Texas electric deregulation law, transmission and distribution utilities cannot own generation assets.
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Commentary: Is Texas lagging in an area of energy policy? Find out what the experts say

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Distributed Energy, or DE, is defined as energy generated on the customer’s side of the electric meter. Think, for example, of electricity coming from small-scale diesel generators that otherwise provide backup power for large buildings. Rooftop solar panels also can provide distributed energy.