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  • Protecting America's power grid     Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    Frank Gaffney, President of Center for Security Policy, provides insight on the vulnerable American electric grid, and homeland security's role protecting them.

  • There's a reason behind those surging solar stocks Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 7:05 AM ET
    Since 2008, the price of solar panels has declined 75 percent.

    The solar sector is experiencing an unexpected revival, powering a rally in solar stocks.

  • Power play: Utilities want solar users to pay up Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 11:25 AM ET
    Since 2008, the price of solar panels has declined 75 percent.

    Utility companies' battle with solar users illustrates the distance the alternative energy source has traveled.

  • As winter takes hold, plunging temps test utilities Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    Several utility companies have recently announced increases in their retail electricity rate as they struggle to meet peak periods of demand.

  • Double threat: US grid vulnerable on two fronts Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Consensus is growing that the U.S. electricity grid is vulnerable to both hacking and physical attacks, but protecting it remains a work in progress.

  • China's smog threatens health of global coal projects Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 8:21 PM ET
    Cyclists and bikers stop at a traffic light, as buildings are faintly seen, rear, shrouded in a haze of smog in Beijing. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    A choking smog across much of northern China threatens major coal projects globally that are still on the drawing board.

  • Energy mergers, yes. Neglected grid? Probably not Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 1:49 PM ET

    Breakneck consolidation among utilities is unlikely to cause them to cut back on investments in infrastructure, analysts say.

  • Steve Holliday, National Grid CEO, discusses what his company has done to secure power service and protect customers from storms like Superstorm Sandy.

  • EDF, Britain in $26 billion deal for nuclear plant Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 2:35 AM ET
    Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station

    French utility EDF and the British government have signed an agreement to build two nuclear reactors for a total cost of 16 billion pounds, EDF said in a statement on Monday.

  • Scammers target utility customers Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Duke Power recently emailed this fraud alert to residential and business electric customers to warn them of the ongoing scam.

    In the latest "despicable scam," fraudsters threaten to shut off your power unless you fork over cash.

  • Radiation readings at Japan plant spike Sunday, 1 Sep 2013 | 3:12 AM ET
    Officials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northern Japan

    Radiation near a tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator said on Sunday.

  • Blackout: 10 years later     Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

    The massive Northeast blackout that left 50 million people in darkness occurred 10 years ago today. Generac has soared 235 percent since then. Its CEO Aaron Jagdfeld, discusses whether the U.S. is better prepared for something like this today.

  • Battery technology gets better     Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 11:45 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn looks at electricity storage and a new battery technology that could actually power entire neighborhoods.

  • East Coast heat wave spikes electricity prices Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 2:50 PM ET
    New York's Times Square on Tuesday.

    With electricity demand in places like NYC flirting with all-time highs, power prices are reaching staggering levels.

  • 'Vampire' Modems, Routers Waste $1 Billion a Year Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Modems and routers are bigger energy hogs than laptops and cell phone chargers. On a national scale, it’s pretty staggering: $1 billion a year in electricity.

  • JPMorgan Energy Spat Resurrects Ghost of Enron Friday, 10 May 2013 | 11:07 AM ET

    Regulators used sharp words to accuse JPMorgan Chase of manipulating energy markets, in language similar to that which buffeted -- and eventually took down -- bankrupt energy giant Enron.

  • Cheaper Power Bills? You May Have NatGas to Thank Saturday, 27 Apr 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    If you've noticed your utility bills falling, there's a good reason. Surging natural gas production in the U.S. has had one benefit already: curbing or even cutting power costs.

  • How BP Is Joining Big Oil Retreat From Renewals Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 5:21 AM ET

    BP has put its U.S. wind farm operation, one of the largest in the country, up for sale, marking the continued retreat of big oil companies from renewable energy investments.

  • Chinese Firm Looks to Tap US Natural Gas Market Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 12:26 PM ET

    One of China's largest private companies is quietly rolling out plans to establish a network of natural gas fueling stations for trucks along U.S. highways.

  • Using Solar Power to Reduce Blackout Risks     Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 7:15 AM ET

    David Crane, President & CEO of NRG Energy, discusses the technology behind keeping the lights on at the stadium during the Super Bowl, including using solar panels as a backup.