Utilities may close up to 1 in 5 coal-fired power plants after tougher EPA air pollution rules go into effect next year, Wall Street investment banker Credit Suisse recently reported. Coal power is losing its price edge to natural gas, too.
Hurricane Earl path is expected to unleash wind gusts of 75 to 100 miles per hour. Utility crews are gearing up.
Air conditioners kept pumping out the cool air for the most part on Tuesday. Utilities have reported minor outages during the heat wave, but power systems have largely been able to handle the load.
A compromise climate bill being developed in the Senate may drop controversial cap and trade legislation passed by the House.
Some predict that within five years, it could rival fossil-fuel energy.
Government agencies and volunteer organizations are testing a new system to regroup and respond to multiple hurricanes.
Disconnect notices have risen sharply, indicating stress on more households.