Texas led the pack in state-level energy-related carbon dioxide emissions from 2000-2010, having produced more than 7.5 billion metric tons of CO2 over the period, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) The EIA has begun to provide state-level energy-related carbon dioxide emissions data, showing that over the 2000-2010 period, Texas far outpaced other… Keep reading →
For the average residential customer, there’s a lot of confusing information out there about smart meters. Much of the discussion around the smart grid focuses on how advances in technology will benefit utilities.
While it’s true that a self-healing grid will bring shorter, less frequent outages and that smart meters can help make the electrical grid more efficient, most customers view reliability of electrical service as a given, not a benefit. In order to increase customer acceptance and adoption of advanced metering technology, the personal benefits need to be framed in ways that resonate with residential customers. Keep reading →
US natural gas and gas liquids production has increased dramatically in recent years, driven in large part by output from tight geologic formations in Texas. In order to bring these resources to the marketplace, there is a constant need to build more gathering systems and pipelines.
Alleviating infrastructural bottlenecks is an ongoing challenge for the industry, something that Howard Energy aims to address by acquiring Meritage Midstream Services’ South Texas natural gas gathering assets. Keep reading →
The hydrofracking that has opened up America’s enormous natural gas resources is a marvel of modern technology, but keeping gas and flowback water from those wells from seeping into drinking water depends on a far more mundane science: cementing.
Cementing is used to seal well bores on- and off-shore, in all types of oil and gas wells, and integrity standards are well established. But those standards “are often difficult to attain,” said James Saiers, a professor of hydrology at Yale University, speaking at a Resources for the Future (RFF) forum on “Managing the Risks of Shale Gas.” Keep reading →
Duke Energy Announces Turbine Suppliers for Texas Wind Farms – http://bit.ly/nb9mUc DukeEnergy
Texas legislators balanced the state budget this year by diverting money from a fund to help the poor pay for electricity.
Temperatures are still soaring past the century mark and refusing to subside, many Texans are trying to find ways to lower their electric bills. One option that some low-income residents relied on is no longer available. Keep reading →