Yearly Archives: 2007

Chronicle energy items at the close of 2007

A few of the energy stories in the Chronicle (or elsewhere on Chron.com) over the weekend and today. • Not yet $100, but poised to get there: The historic surge in oil prices dominated the energy landscape this year as economists, analysts and consumers watched them come within spitting distance of three digits. Prices didn’t […]  More »

Energy items in today's Chronicle

A few of the energy stories in today’s Chronicle (or elsewhere on Chron.com). • Loan lets Anadarko pare debt from acquisitions: Anadarko Petroleum has obtained a $2.2 billion loan from investors to further reduce debt from its $21 billion acquisitions of two competitors. • Barclays to set up shop in Houston: The U.K.’s third-largest bank […]  More »

Chronicle energy wrap-up

A rundown of some of the energy stories in the Houston Chronicle over the Christmas Holiday. • New fuel laws may drive business here: Tougher fuel economy laws may be tough for auto industry but a boon for Houston’s petrochemical businesses. • Chinese bid to build line makes waves: At first blush, the bid by […]  More »

Limited blogging until Dec. 27

Due to vacation schedules we’ll be blogging infrequently (or even less frequent than usual) for a few days. Happy Holidays.  More »

Chronicle energy wrap-up 12/21

A rundown of some of the energy stories in today’s Houston Chronicle. • LyondellBasell era begins: Dutch chemical and plastics maker Basell completed its acquisition of Houston’s Lyondell Chemical Co. on Thursday, but the hard work has only just begun. • Chance to intervene on new South Texas nukes: (item is at the bottom) The […]  More »

Behold the power of Texas wind!

Chronicle political writer Alan Bernstein recently wrote about a new entrant to Texas politics , Houstonian Michael Skelly. His name will be familiar to those of you in the wind power business since he’s head of development for Houston’s Horizon Wind. Wind Power! Michael Skelly’s YouTube site announcing his candidacy. Skelly is aiming to unseat […]  More »

Chronicle energy wrap-up

A brief rundown of some of the energy stories in today’s Houston Chronicle: • Lighting a new path to energy efficiency: Long before President Bush signed the energy conservation bill Wednesday, some Houston consumers already were switching to light bulbs that significantly cut electricity costs. • Texas grid outlook grows brighter: Remember how cancelled coal […]  More »

Oil field services: Go big or go home

Remember what Baker Hughes’ Chad Deaton said recently in the Chronicle about how you have to get big to survive in the the oilfield services business? First Reserve’s $1.8 billion leveraged buyout of Aberdeen-based Abbot Group represents a fulfilling of that prophecy. Will Honeybourne, a managing director for private equity group First Reserve, said today […]  More »

DOE to FutureGen companies: we need to talk

Department of Energy officials were conspicuously absent from the FutureGen Alliance announcement this morning naming Mattoon, Ill. as the site of the planned power plant project. Turns out DOE wants to renegotiate terms of the 76 percent /24 percent cost-sharing structure for the project. A statement from Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy James […]  More »

Texas towns lose out on FutureGen project

The town of Mattoon, Ill. was chosen as home for a $1.7 billion high tech coal-fired power plant project, beating out two Texas towns and one other Illinois community, to play a leading role in the fight against growing greenhouse gas emissions. The FutureGen Alliance, a public/private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and […]  More »

"Power to Choose" vendor responds

Today we wrote about a change in the The Power To Choose Web site that had been a helpful tool for many Texans shopping for electricity. The state-sponsored site was run by a Massachusetts firm, Nexus Energy Software, but on Dec. 1 the state ended that contract, saying Nexus had deals with some retailers where […]  More »

Oil execs and consumers agree: unfriendly oil is scary

A survey released today by accounting firm Deloitte & Touche finds U.S. dependence on oil from unfriendly regions is a top concern for both consumers and energy industry executives. MICHAEL LARSON/AFP/Getty Images A total of 29 percent of oil and gas executives surveyed and 27 percent of consumers cited “dependence on oil from places unfriendly […]  More »
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