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After underestimating power demand, Texas electric grid operator gets federal permission to exceed air quality limits

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 16:08

The U.S. Department of Energy granted permission for power plants to release more pollution than is normally allowed — if grid conditions worsen

Texas and New Mexico water consortiums working with Department of Energy on produced water research

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 16:08

The multi-year, $5 million software project should help operators better manage, treat and beneficially reuse produced water

U.S. Coast Guard works to contain 420-gallon oil spill in Texas waters

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 06:03

Tabbs Bay is east of Houston near Baytown and La Porte. 

ERCOT names Ohio energy exec Pablo Vegas as new CEO of Texas power grid

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 06:03

State regulators came under intense scrutiny in 2021 when it was discovered that one-third of its leadership lived out of state.

Next US energy boom could be wind power in the Gulf of Mexico

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 06:03

More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coast, so offshore wind sites are close to electricity demand centers.

Who benefits from renewable energy subsidies? In Texas, it's often fossil fuel companies that are fighting clean energy elsewhere

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 06:03

We are able to track who actually builds and owns a large portion of the nation’s renewable energy.

EPA announces flights to look for methane in Texas' Permian Basin

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 06:03

Colorless and odorless, methane is a potent greenhouse gas that traps 83 times more heat in the atmosphere over a 20-year period than an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide.

A Texas energy company will pay $1.3 million over pollution in the Permian Basin, EPA says

Mon, 03/18/2024 - 10:46

The EPA last year announced aerial surveillance of “super-emitters.”

Biden administration quietly approves huge Texas oil export project

Mon, 03/18/2024 - 10:46

 The proposed offshore terminal is one of four projects intended to expand oil export capacity.

Texas power grid operator approved for a 40% budget increase

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 15:30

The Texas power grid operator will add nearly $119 million to its annual budget.

Why Texans will carry cost of 2021 winter freeze for next 30 years

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 07:27

Texans will be bailing out energy providers haurt by the winter storm for decades.

Texans can apply for financial help with their soaring energy bills

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 07:27

The Texas Utility Help program has been reopened for low-income Texans to apply. 

Equipment that's designed to cut methane emission is failing

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 07:27

In Texas' oil and gas fields, technology to curtail methane "just doesn’t work," environmentalists say.

Texas power grid knocked in federal report analyzing winter readiness

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 07:27

An analysis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicates that the grid would not hold up well under extreme winter weather conditions. 

EXPLAINER: What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 07:27

Tapping the reserve is among the few things a president can do to try to control inflation.

Offshore wind farm proposed for Gulf of Mexico near Galveston could power 2.3 million homes

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 07:27

Two proposed wind farms off the Texas and Louisiana coasts would join offshore oil drilling rigs in the gulf as the Biden administration tries to boost the country’s clean energy supply.

Texas power company could potentially make $10 million per hour during energy shortages, report says

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 07:27

A Morgan Stanley report updated Monday states that retail energy generation company Vistra could see huge windfalls from ERCOT's new 'reliability-based' business model.  

ERCOT can’t be sued over power grid failures during 2021 winter storm, Texas Supreme Court rules

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 04:14

The all-Republican court narrowly found that the nonprofit corporation qualifies for sovereign immunity.

Houston's CenterPoint Energy CEO among most overpaid in U.S.

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 04:14

The energy firm leader's $37.8M salary is 366 times median employee pay.

Houston-based pipeline operator agrees to $50M California oil spill settlement

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 04:14

The leak sent blobs of crude ashore in surf-friendly Huntington Beach and other coastal communities. 

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