| Jul 13, 2014
Developers haven't built a new power plant of any significance in Maryland for over a decade — one reason the state imports more electricity than almost any other in the country, racking up extra charges for consumers.
But change is coming.
| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids have struggled to attract customers. Perhaps this is because not enough people have driven an electrically powered car.
These cars are smooth and quiet, with excellent accelerator pedal response. Electric power...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:31 PM
WASHINGTON — As President Obama pushes ahead on a strategy for confronting climate change that relies heavily on energy efficiency, some Americans may see flashbacks of Jimmy Carter trying to persuade them to wear an extra sweater and turn down...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:37 AM
A consulting firm that brokered a deal to supply electricity to a number of northwest suburban communities will be paid about 10 times more than the last firm that conducted the negotiations.
The increase coincides with a steep rise in electric rates...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Rick Pazier had to toss all the perfectly good steaks he’d bought for Independence Day due to a three-day power outage in his Midlothian neighborhood after Monday’s violent storms.
“It ruined everything I planned to barbecue,”...
| May 9, 2014
| 5:35 AM
A tax on virtue or a matter of fairness? The question ripples through states trying to prop up their ever-shrinking highway funds while eyeing the "free ride" enjoyed by green vehicle owners.
The fast-growing cohort of people who drive zero- and low-...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 11:18 AM
I found business reporter Julie Wernau's story about out-of-control electricity supply rates both timely and informative. I also found comments in the story from Integrys Energy Services spokeswoman Jennifer Block warning consumers to be wary of...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:03 PM
In the middle of the night, when most Americans are sound asleep, their lights and appliances off, a power hog is wide awake and running at nearly full throttle: the boxes that operate their cable or satellite television service.
The seemingly innocuous...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 8:41 PM
The periodic blackouts in Cassina Tarsia's Oceanside neighborhood meant the 71-year-old couldn't charge her cellphone or electric wheelchair.
But outages aren't a problem anymore.
Since February, Tarsia's garage has housed a suitcase-sized battery...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Here's some irony for you: By trying to make its new greenhouse gas proposal less draconian for states and power companies, the Environmental Protection Agency may have made it more vulnerable to a lawsuit -- by states and power companies.
| Jun 4, 2014
The debate over reducing carbon dioxide emissions to combat global warming brings us to the truth: Saving money is more important than saving the planet. In its shortsightedness, big business — led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — will...