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Boom Goes Bust: Texas Oil Industry Hurt By Plunging Oil Prices

Technology is making clean energy competitive with coal for the first time in history, and that’s a game changer. In 1999, we pushed to get the first renewable energy mandate passed in the country – in Texas of all places. There were all sorts of concerns at the time that wind could not be integrated… Keep reading →

Texas Gulf Coast Prepares For Hurricane Ike

Deputy Energy Secretary Sherwood-Randall Highlights a Top Budget Priority in Texas WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall traveled to Amarillo, Texas to visit the Pantex Plant, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) site charged with maintaining the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, a critical component of President Obama’s National… Keep reading →

Report Claims 20 Percent Of US's Energy Could Come From Wind Power

The U.S. wind power industry said on Wednesday that it had a solid 2014, with 2,500 turbines capable of producing 4,850 megawatts put into operation, a big jump from 2013’s piddling gain of 1,098 MW. Plus, as the year drew to a close, nearly 100 projects totaling 12,700 MW were under construction. Pretty picture, right?… Keep reading →

New Home Construction Continues To Rise

When you live in a state heavily influenced by oil, saddle up and hold on for the ride. What comes up must come down, and real estate has room on the downside. The real question is really just how much. My clients are all energy professionals, and when I visit with them, nine out of… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages 90 percent of Texas’ electric grid, has been busy. In the last two months of 2014, the agency released two very lengthy reports examining the future of a lower-polluting power grid in light of upcoming EPA clean air protections, in particular the Clean Power Plan. As… Keep reading →

Houston Scenics

As I am on my way to the Formula One Race in Austin, which is where the U.S. leg of the International F-1 series takes place, I marvel over the development that has been created by the U.S. Shale boom in the last several years. I have lived in Houston since 1990, with relocations back… Keep reading →

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Visits China

In one of the more honest assessments of current Saudi Arabian oil policy, Rice University’s Jim Krane said there are several plausible reasons behind the Saudis’ apparently sanguine approach to falling global oil prices, but only a few within the Kingdom really know. “If you’re somebody who looks at geopolitics and energy, you could come… Keep reading →

Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

US natural gas prices have trended lower since the summer, but homeowners will likely pay slightly more for the heating fuel than last winter. “For consumers, prices will be about 6.8% higher than last winter, as gas utilities sell more expensive fuel they bought in the spring and summer, according to the U.S. Energy Information… Keep reading →

Texas NEAM 1 - ACC

October is National Energy Action Month — and that means Energy Department officials have been busy crisscrossing the country to highlight the ways President Obama’s plan to fight climate change is helping to grow the clean energy economy and strengthen our energy security. Last week, Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Texas to participate in events on… Keep reading →

Wind Power Subsidies Stir Controversy in Texas

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Photo credit Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs is no fan of the Texas wind energy sector. The state has the largest wind capacity in the U.S., but Combs doesn’t seem to see the benefit of subsidizing wind energy; indeed, her office released a report that details the tax breaks given to wind power and recommends that they… Keep reading →

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