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Search for a Greener Method of Desalination

2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

Advances in solar technology and a steady decline in manufacturing costs for solar generating plants may be about to result in a cost-effective way to remove the salt from seawater. There is a huge need for desalination in the Gulf, the world’s driest region and home to a rapidly growing population.  In the desert lands [...]

Search for a Greener Method of Desalination2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

Fate of tax break for wind power could have big impact on Texas

2012-12-03T09:36:00+00:00

Continuing the tax credit, created in 1992, has become a bargaining chip in the larger debate in Washington, D.C., over the so-called fiscal cliff of tax increases and budget cuts. The outcome has ramifications in Texas, which leads the nation in wind generation, on everything from the economy to the environment to the competitive balance [...]

Fate of tax break for wind power could have big impact on Texas2012-12-03T09:36:00+00:00

Wind Farm Operating Costs Fall 38% in Four Years

2012-11-02T13:42:32+00:00

According to a recent study done by BNEF, the cost of running and maintaining wind farms has fallen 38 percent in four years as competition among contractors increased and turbine performance improved, bringing closer the day that the technology matches fossil fuel. The average price of operation and maintenance contracts for onshore farms this year [...]

Wind Farm Operating Costs Fall 38% in Four Years2012-11-02T13:42:32+00:00

As Regulators Talk Renewables, Groups File Petition with PUC

2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

While state officials and representatives from the energy industry met at a conference entitled Renewable Energy Solutions for Energy Prosperity in Texas to talk about the future of the Texas renewables, environmental groups filed a petition charging the state’s Public Utility Commission with dragging its feet on solar and geothermal energy. At the heart of [...]

As Regulators Talk Renewables, Groups File Petition with PUC2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

Chamisa plans electricity storage facility in Texas

2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

Chamisa CAES at Tulia a New Mexico company is planning to build a compressed air energy storage facility in the Panhandle of Texas to take advantage of the wide price swings in the Texas wholesale power market and the ancillary services market. Chamisa of Santa Fe plans to build a 270-megawatt facility that uses electricity [...]

Chamisa plans electricity storage facility in Texas2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

Will Drought Cause the Next Blackout?

2012-07-24T12:13:17+00:00

We are now in the midst of the nation’s most widespread drought in 60 years, stretching across 29 states and threatening farmers, their crops and livestock. But there is another risk as water becomes more scarce. Power plants may be forced to shut down, and oil and gas production may be threatened. Our energy system [...]

Will Drought Cause the Next Blackout?2012-07-24T12:13:17+00:00

Wind farms add billions of dollars to Illinois economy

2012-07-19T09:18:27+00:00

An Illinois State University study released Tuesday shows Illinois’ 23 largest wind farms will add $5.8 billion to local economies over the life of the projects. The construction of wind farms — including Twin Groves and White Oak wind farms in McLean County, Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm in Livingston County, Pioneer Trail in [...]

Wind farms add billions of dollars to Illinois economy2012-07-19T09:18:27+00:00

Duke and So Cal Ed explore energy storage

2012-07-10T10:00:42+00:00

Energy storage has been dubbed the "holy grail" of grid operators, that notion thrived better when it applied to a vague ideal rather than cold reality. Today, with long- and short- duration energy storage alternatives to pumped hydro moving from lab to market, the quest has become vastly more complicated and the goal more elusive. [...]

Duke and So Cal Ed explore energy storage2012-07-10T10:00:42+00:00

Texas land commissioner thinking of getting GLO into water game

2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

The Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Jerry Patterson, plans to announce today that the GLO has contracted with two water consulting firms to examine the feasibility of building a desalination plant between Austin and New Braunfels on land the GLO owns. Desalination is an expensive, energy-intensive technique of making brackish underground water [...]

Texas land commissioner thinking of getting GLO into water game2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00

ERCOT unveils mobile phone app — Free app helps consumers conserve electricity when needed most

2016-11-23T15:01:54+00:00

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of Texas, unveiled a free smartphone app that will make energy conservation a little bit easier for iPhone, iPad and Android users. The initial version includes current system operating conditions, conservation tips and an overview of ERCOT. Notably, the app will provide "push" [...]

ERCOT unveils mobile phone app — Free app helps consumers conserve electricity when needed most2016-11-23T15:01:54+00:00