Seven board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas had resigned in the wake of widespread outages. Those who remained decided to fire the agency’s chief executive.
Charged via rooftop solar panels, the cells form a network that provides a building with backup electricity and that utilities can tap during peak periods.
DeAnn T. Walker, the chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, had been caught in a tide of fury that swelled after millions were left without power.
Learning from subprime, health care and electricity.
Even as the cold has lifted and the ice has melted, the true depth of the devastation remains hidden. We look at the aftermath of the storm through the eyes of three women.
After millions lost power during a winter storm, lawmakers have held marathon hearings, prosecutors have started criminal investigations and residents have asked for accountability.
We don’t realize how fragile the basic infrastructure of our civilization is.
The chairwoman and three other board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas stepped down after millions were left without electricity during freezing temperatures.
Even Senator Cruz realizes kilowatt-hours aren’t like avocados.
Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.
Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.
After a public outcry from people like Scott Willoughby, whose exorbitant electric bill is soon due, Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers should ensure Texans “do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills” caused by the storm.
Power outages and no running water have left Texas and other parts of the South still feeling the effects of a deep freeze that swept the region earlier this week.
Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.
Take these steps when critical services are affected by freezing temperatures.
Readers criticize the Texas senator for abandoning his constituents at a critical time on the pretext of “being a good dad.”
“Snake on a plane, right there!” Kimmel joked. “Headed, ironically, to the very place he tried to build the wall around.”
When post-truth politics meets energy policy.
Readers urge greater use of renewable energy and less reliance on fossil fuels.
Power failures have cast a spotlight on whether energy companies and regulators are doing enough to prepare for climate change and natural disasters.
The state’s massive blackouts are the result of a failure to insure against extreme weather.
As the state reels from power outages, Democrats look to turn the tables on the Republicans who dominate state government.
In central Texas, where many roads have already been impassible for days, another barrage of sleet and snow was expected late into Wednesday evening.
As the freak winter storm raged, historically marginalized communities were among the first to face power outages, experts say.
The end of the gasoline-powered car will transform the economy.
The behavior, used by wolves and orcas to run down fast prey, is rarely seen in fish.
Emissions plunged more than 10 percent. If the trend can be sustained, it would put the United States within striking distance of one of its major goals under the Paris climate agreement.
Some companies are having trouble surviving and making money installing panels because of intense competition and the high costs of doing business.
Oil-rich Iraq, its economy hobbled by neglect and corruption, has devalued its currency and had its imported electricity cut off for nonpayment.
G.E.’s giant machine, which can light up a small town, is stoking a renewable-energy arms race.
Warning of coal shortages, officials are trying to curb energy usage by telling residents not to use electric stoves and extinguishing lights on building facades and billboards.
Wind and solar are better bets for investors and the planet.
Upset over high electricity bills, residents of Itta Bena, Miss., complained, only to discover the city was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to its power supplier.
It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.
Grid managers ordered rolling blackouts across the state during a heat wave in August for the first time in two decades.
Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.
When demand exceeded supply in a recent heat wave, electricity stored at businesses and even homes was called into service. With proper management, batteries could have made up for an offline gas plant.
With the coronavirus spreading fast in Gaza, the sides agreed to stop bombarding each other, and Israel said it would resume fuel supplies. A cash infusion from Qatar helped seal the deal.
Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.
The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.
Under pressure from governments and investors, industry leaders like BP and Shell are accelerating their production of cleaner energy.
Managers of the electric system argue that a lack of power prompted the decision to enact blackouts, though demand this weekend fell short of the state’s peak years.
Overwhelmed by demand, California’s power grid imposed rotating blackouts, while the coronavirus crisis created a dilemma for those who were unable to stay cool at home.
For residents of Connecticut and New York who are still without power, frustration with utility companies grew as temperatures rose.
The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.
As coal declines and wind and solar energy rise, some are pushing to limit the use of natural gas, but utilities say they are not ready to do so.
A judge approved a plea agreement between the California utility and a prosecutor after hearing from people whose lost loved ones were killed in the Camp Fire.
The California utility agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.
The California utility has agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.
Trying to cut spending as the pandemic reduces tax revenue, governments are finding it easier to lift restraints on what consumers pay for fuel.