Electricity

Power Outages After Sandy Weren't Unusually Long After All

As the days without power stretched on for hundreds of thousands after Superstorm Sandy, patience turned to anger. But an AP analysis of outages from other big storms shows that the time it took to utility companies to restore electricity was no worse than average -- and in some places, actually faster.

Mother Nature Saved You at Least $47 This Winter

With less than one week until winter is officially over, Americans are celebrating the end of the season with an extra "spring" in their steps. What's got them feeling so happy? Two words: fatter wallets, thanks to warmer temperatures and lower heating costs.

How to Avoid Credit Card Fees on Utility Bills

It's summer, a season of warm days and scary air-conditioning bills. Want to pay your bills with plastic so you can get reward points? Well, the credit-card fees utilities charge could change your mind. SmartCharge offers some customers a way to avoid those fees.

Cheap Summer Power Predicted for the U.S.

Expectations for power price increases have been put off to 2015 and beyond by bank analysts. But a combination of steady demand recovery, infrastructure changes and the retirement of coal-fired plants in 2015 could contribute to a tightening U.S. power market by the middle of the decade.

Three Dividend Stocks That Are Energy Plays Too

Given the uncertain prospects of the U.S. economic recovery, its not surprising that many investors are reluctant to pour more money into stocks this spring. One lower-risk way to invest is to buy stocks that also pay decent dividends. Here are three options in the energy sector:

New York's Tallest Building Is Now One of Its Greenest

The Empire State Building is perhaps best remembered as the site of King Kong's last stand, but in real life, the monkey on the building's back wasn't a giant gorilla -- it was a giant electricity bill. But that was before one of the most remarkable green renovations ever undertaken.

California's SolarCity Sees a Bright Market on the East Coast

California-based solar panel installer SolarCity has announced its second East Coast deal in a month: It's buying the residential solar business of Vermont-based groSolar, hard on the heels of its purchase of Maryland's Clean Currents. And SolarCity isn't the only West Coast solar player looking toward the sunrise for growth.

Can the U.S. Tap the Hot Geothermal Market?

American companies have a golden opportunity to expand the country's leadership in the global market. Industry leaders meeting this week in New York laid out the huge opportunity but also warned that red tape and a relative scarcity of personnel with the right know-how threaten to stifle efforts to expand this clean-energy source.

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises 0.5%, the Most Since July

The nation%u2019s manufacturing recovery accelerated in October as factory output jumped 0.5%, the Federal Reserve said. Overall industrial output was flat in the month, but the typical autumn plunge in utilities output skewed the top-line stat lower.

IBM Developing Transistor to Reduce 'Vampire Energy'

International Business Machines (IBM) is searching for a method that will cut devices%u2019 power consumption by 90% and reduce so-called vampire energy - power used by machines when they are turned off. IBM%u2019s Zurich lab is developing a transistor to regulate energy usage more efficiently, Bloomberg News said. The transistor would stop devices using energy while they are left plugged into an electrical outlet.