October 31, 2012

October 31, 2012

PA power outages could last a week, utility says

Sandy puts power grids to test

Volatility of renewables pushes Europe back towards dependence on coal

Judge orders PUC to stop reviewing drilling ordinances

PPL offering free water, ice to those without power

Repair crew from Florida helps PECO with storm

Exelon CEO estimates storm damage near $100 mln

Nearly 12,000 FirstEnergy workers contribute to power restoration efforts

FERC issues two NOPRs

Romney campaign targets PA in coal ad

Appeals court decision clears way for coal gas plant

DTE close to sealing $200 mln energy services deal

Nuke plants weather the storm

Smart grid jobs


October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012

PPL crews dispatched; wind delays some repairs

PA utilities report over one million outages

PECO battles Sandy through the night

Sandy’s energy toll

FirstEnergy mobilizes to restore power

Why Sandy makes the smart grid more important than ever

Sandy puts power grids to the test

Don’t politicize Sandy – hurricane normal problem for nukes

Hitachi buys NewBuild Project

Russia’s Gazprom to tap Siberian natural gas field, build pipeline to Pacific Coast

Coal gets short end of stick in energy debate

Utilities bring in help from outside

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be $1.2 bln market in 2020

October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

Superstar of natural gas

Introducing a big data prediction engine for the power grid

NRC monitors nuclear plants in hurricane’s path

Shale glut becomes $2 diesel in gas-to-liquids plant

Five reasons electric vehicles don’t get buyers charged up

PJM suggest transmission improvements to FERC

Energy future must include coal, gas

Tepco to tap more coal suppliers

PA coal region backing off its Democratic bent

NY energy plan takes focus off Great Lakes wind

PPL brings in crews from Kentucky, Utah

PA officials, utilities prepare 

Small modular reactors provide path forward for nuclear power

Coal production not keeping pace with power generation

October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012

GE’s battery plant is powering up

Windmills overload East Europe’s grid risking blackout

Moratorium no more for nuclear power

All of Canada’s nuclear plants running for first time in nearly 20 years

No gas rush seen if New York fracking ban lifted

Looking to the future, Xcel betting on nat gas, hydro

Corbett signs coal legislation

Canada’s energy stumble

PPL, Met Ed ready for Frankenstorm

PECO gearing up for threat from Sandy

PA plans first power plants fueled by Marcellus gas

Electric utility, gas plant construction up 60 percent in September


October 25, 2012

October 25, 2012

Power grid upgrades may cause blackouts

IBM establishes the Smarter Energy Research Institute

China resumes construction of nuclear plants

Westinghouse, McAfee to equip nuclear plants with new cybersecurity systems

Ahead of the bell: natural gas supplies

Texas officials may double electricity price cap

NY officials: $327 mln will upgrade electricity grid

Former FERC official: voters should educate selves about energy

As coal plants hit the dust, utility models must adjust

Cost of coal mining continues to climb

New path to energy independence

Point Beach nuclear plant to continue producing power

Major blackouts less likely with smart-grid tech: NYISO official

October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012

$20 mln coal cleaning plant opening in central PA

Smart meters: smart, but not the same as a smart grid

NRC approves design change for Georgia nuclear plant

Future of UK nuclear power hangs in the balance

Nuclear company blasts wind industry tax incentive

Japan needs nuclear power to offset high gas costs, Tanaka says

Cheap nat gas fuels growth in rust belt

US gas bonanza from fracking slow to spread globally

Feds hold meeting on Maine tidal energy proposal

PJM and MISO hold order 1000 interregional workshop

Norfolk Southern sees coal slump through 2013 first half

NRG gets US lease for Delaware offshore wind project

State weighs blackout risk and electricity prices

Tamper-proofing the smart grid

October 23, 2012

October 23, 2012

The case for nuclear power

Without buyer, Dominion to close Wis. power plant

Dispute over plant’s value, taxes

Nuclear plant closing due to low natural gas prices

Ryan campaigns for coal votes in eastern Ohio and western PA

Reports: Marcellus Shale reserves larger and cheaper to develop

How shale drilling ties into foreign policy

The real stimulus: low cost natural gas

Group enters natural gas export debate

Upset with FERC ruling, Idaho Power wants do-over

Obama energy team circulates memos to greens on climate

Next power plant should be in our region

MIT creates hydrophobic material that could revolutionize fossil fuel and nuclear plants

SCS Energy scraps plans for coal plant

Power station closure and its affect on utility rates


October 22, 2912

October 22, 2012

Marcellus reserves larger than expected

Shale gas fees windfalls to municipalities

Electricity market to be made more responsive to demand

PJM says proposed rule won’t prevent new power plants from being built

PJM and New York ISO boards commit to broader regional markets initiative 

Santee Cooper to shutter two coal-fired plants

Obama’s alternative energy bankruptcies

The past is present at TMI

New York reviews higher energy costs after dereg

Fracking for gas to thank Maine’s growing electricity market

Chicago asks voters to let it negotiate electricity prices

Farmers can harvest energy savings with PPL

October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012

Power hogs targeted by France in big brother legislation

Union Pacific taps shale oil to offset coal

Campaigns clash over future of coal

Duke Energy readies advanced coal gasifier

PSC to review independent electric, gas suppliers

FERC ruling on ROFR issue premature without SPP’s order 1000 filing

S&P reports on power markets in New York

JP Morgan Chase apologizes for energy trade errors

PJM, NYISO commit to broader regional markets initiative

US coal industry pins hopes on China’s stimulus

Shale boom derails US investments in clean coal technology

CSX sees soft utility coal demand continuing into 2013

US power companies build fewer in 2012 than last year

Battery maker files for bankruptcy



October 18, 2012

October 18, 2012

NY and PJM power grids enhance reliability, study natgas use

Maine earthquake spares New Hampshire nuclear plant

Justices hear opinions on Marcellus Shale drilling law

Exxon buys Canadian gas driller for $2.63 bln

Solar storms affect electric prices: report

US taxpayers poised to subsidize Asian coal demand

PECO official: meter replacement will be complete in 37 days

Deal to save power plant may be near

More renewable power, but at what cost?

Georgia Power plans to lower bills in January

Is it still too premature for electric vehicles?

Rural America scores federal backing for grid modernization