Chron Energy Items: 02.15.08

A few of the energy related items in today’s Houston Chronicle or on
Seeing a shift in power: The price of a megawatt of electricity used is easy to figure out, but how about the price of a megawatt saved? That’s the question the electric power business is struggling with as it tries to tame the dual challenges of growing power demand and desires for a cleaner environment.
Coal doesn’t have to be a dirty word, CEOs say: Coal is no longer an ugly, dirty stepchild in the shadow of oil and natural gas now that the world faces unrelenting electricity demand growth in emerging nations including China and India, which are gobbling up the abundant fuel.
Ex-Fed chief sees ‘stall’: Are we there yet? That question about a U.S. recession is on the mind of anyone who gets to hear former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan speak, and it was no different for the hundreds who packed a Galleria dining room Thursday night at Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ annual conference.
Chavez’s histrionics earn a collective yawn: ¿Por qué no te callas? Why don’t you shut up? Columnist Loren Steffy on Venezuela’s feud with Exxon Mobil.
Clinton to give speech at Houston energy forum: While the Democratic presidential hopefuls won’t be squaring off in a debate in Houston, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton still plans to attend an energy forum at the George R. Brown Convention Center Feb. 28.
German firm buys half of LNG pioneer Excelerate: Bloomberg News — RWE AG, Europe’s sixth-largest seller of gas by volume, agreed to pay $500 million for 50 percent of U.S. liquefied natural gas terminal developer Excelerate Energy as it seeks new means to deliver the fuel.