May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

Technology lets drillers get more with less

What electric grid operators want: good wind energy forecasts

Germany plans to build wind power grid

FirstEnergy, “Energizing the Future” Initiative to system reliability

NRC to hear arguments on post-Fukushima orders

Texas and California summer power supplies tight-NERC

FERC data shows record high natural gas trading volumes in 2011

Kentucky utility drops plans for nearly $1 bln in upgrades for coal fired plant

German plan to abandon its nuclear energy lags

Power plant gas use rose 40 percent in March

Vermont considers power plants to ease transmission grid

Japan power firms rise on possible nuke restart

Shale gas takes on coal to power America’s electrical plants


May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

Time to try electricity dereg again

Senate panel backs mine water use in fracking

FirstEnergy to spend $700-$900 mln on transmission projects over five years

German power grid needs EUR20B in investment by 2022

Senate confirms two FERC nominees

China digs into American coal mines

In coal country, fighting for the industry’s future

Report: U.S., Canada rank highest in large scale carbon capture projects

Duke Energy joins China’s ENN for ‘Eco-City’ projects

Failed power plants in Pakistan steams U.S. investor

EPA proposal accelerates Wyoming coal-fired power plant pollution reduction

Grid realities cancel out some of wind power’s carbon savings

ICC rejects Ameren smart electric grid plan


May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

American companies beating Europe to first commercial CCS plant

Natural gas production guadruples in Pennsylvania thanks to Marcellus Shale

NRC likely to renew Entergy Mass. Pilgrim reactor soon

NRC’s new chance

FERC staff rejects NERC’s claims it refused to discuss critical audit

Patriot Coal names new chief exec

Coal-to-gas developer seeks legislative solution

China paying billions for oil deals in the Americas

Japan panel keeps nuclear power among options for future energy mix

New York’s electric grid is prepared for summer, NYISO says

Electric cars: station deal upsets in-state company

Tiny Florida outpost divides over getting on the power grid


May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012

New survey finds strong support for nuclear energy

EPA holds 12 hour hearing with environmentalists to slow coal production

Entergy asks to join power grid group

Spectra Energy expansion project creates jobs

Senate OKs Tony Clark’s FERC nod

Gasification plants in Indiana dead or on life support

Shale energy boom dangles prospect of leap in economic growth

ComEd breaks ground on training facility in Rockford

Virtual renewable power plants

Exec management changes announced at Southern Company

Electric utilities consider the Cloud

1/3 households own a smart meter

Feds could rule on Duke/Progress today

African adventure for electric car


May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012

Will war on coal unplug Obama?

Fracking boom seen slow to develop in New York

Spectra NJ-NY plan wins approval

ComEd begins work towards modernized electric grid

Embattled NRC chief downplays exit plan

FERC upholds. clarifies grid rule

PJM ready for hot summer electricity demand

NEI re-elects Progress Energy’s Johnson

Merkel outlines next steps in energy policy shifts

Power struggle continues over NJ’s backing of new plants

Japan’s hotter weather to boost power demand

Richland nuke power plant license extended 20 years

EDF in nuclear power station talks

US Gas: futures higher as modest inventory build seen


May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012

NYC to get first major natural gas line in 40 years

Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill

Penelec to consolidate operations

Texas power supply outlook worsens

Jaczko exit may smooth way to bipartisan NRC deal

Spectra Energy receives FERC certificate for New Jersey-New York expansion project

PJM approves $2 bln in electric transmission upgrades

Coal export companies target Pacific Northwest

Britain says it will add reactors for energy

FPL spending $15.6 bln on five-year capital improvement plan

Has blazing a trail in solar energy cost California too much?

PSC weighs whether utility customers can reject smart meters

French electric vehicle sales fail to take off


May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012

NJ utility to benefit from upgrades to regional power grid

NRC head stepping down

FERC rules on compliance registry issues

Republicans look to bury Obama on coal issues

The market-driven energy revolution

Electricity giant EDF in talks over power stations

FERC summer forecast sees low natural gas prices, potential power problems in California, Texas and Boston

Electric competition heats up

PPL default electricity rates to go up

Myanmar to build power plants with U.S., Japan firms

A better nuclear power plant?

More than 600 jobs to be generated by power plant project

The history of the grid


May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

U.S. must adapt to new energy landscape

EPA threatening energy producers

PJM capacity auction secures record amounts of new generation

Utilities to spend millions on grid

Smart meters are a useful tool, not a threat

NRC researching nuke plant licenses past 60 years

Getting even on reliability

Fights brewing over massive coal export plans for Northwest

Group seeks funding for nuclear energy research park

Exelon executive talks Baltimore-area initiatives

Spanish planned nuclear shutdowns for 2012

Trio of new power plants cleared to deliver capacity

Alliant unit buys Wisconsin power plant from Calpine

Japanese government panel to urge competition in retail power sales


May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012

Ohio has oil and gas reserves to rival Saudi Arabia, energy exec says

Indian Point operates safely, NRC says

TVA says Browns Ferry nuclear plant not ready for inspection to upgrade rating

PJM to invest $2 bln in grid to ease plant retirements

PJM members elect Sarah Rogers to board of managers

Germany’s Merkel losing green battle to cheap coal

Japan asks residents, businesses to conserve consumption

Exelon, Constellation donate $1.8 mln to Md. science center

FirstEnergy will spend $1 bln on high-voltage lines and substations

Trade group sees smart meter growth

Electric costs at six-year low in Mass.

PPL to focus on rate-regulated utilities


May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012

Two big PA wind projects canceled

New England grid operator: electric prices down

Coal plant closures could send electricity prices soaring

New York electric grid in good shape, but investment needed

NRC researching nuke plant licenses past 60 years

What is the power grid’s most significant reliability issue?

Brazil to cut electricity taxes to boost economy

Summary of FERC meeting agenda

China coal imports rise 90 percent in April

U.S. shale boom, Europe glut alter energy landscape

PPL Chairman: strategic moves have fundamentally changed company