| 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 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 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 12, 2014
| 4:57 AM
Helen Ramirez-Odell thought she'd done her research when she selected Spark Energy in 2011 for her electricity. So she was taken aback earlier this year when her monthly rate suddenly jumped by 50 percent.
"When I realized it, I called Spark Energy to...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Helen Ramirez-Odell thought she’d done her research when she decided to sign up to have her Chicago home supplied with electricity from Spark Energy. She was surprised when her electricity rates suddenly jumped up by 50 percent.
| Jun 5, 2014
Rousing the public to do something about the growing federal debt is not easy. The dangers it poses are distant and vague. The immediate effects are not apparent. Any measure to cut deficits looks trivial next to the scale of the problem. Doing nothing is...
| 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...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 5:51 PM
The nation's worst polluters and their allies have launched a propaganda campaign to convince you that the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon pollution standards are nothing more than a backdoor energy tax that will kill jobs and cost you money....
| 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 3, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The Obama administration's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants 30% by 2030 is laying another big bet on future U.S. natural gas supplies.
The boom in U.S. production, the result of hydraulic fracturing and...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The fans and window air conditioning units that cool Shana Solarte’s apartment continue to draw the same amount of electricity as they have in the past.
But as of Sunday, that same amount of power comes at a higher price as new rates go into...