David Hunn is an energy reporter at the Houston Chronicle.

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World’s largest beer maker commits to renewables

The world’s largest beer maker, Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced on Tuesday that 100 percent of its purchased electricity will come from renewable sources by 2025. Even as President Donald Trump begins rolling back climate regulations, AB InBev said it will shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity a yea ...

Energy-related earthquakes to be subject of geologists webinar

Another indicator the industry is getting serious about oil-and-gas earthquakes:  The American Geosciences Institute has scheduled a free online seminar on the topic for geologists next month. “The surge in recent years of earthquakes associated with some oil and gas operations, especially the ...

Rig count up 21, 9th straight rise

The number of oil and gas rigs in U.S. fields rose for the ninth straight week as oil companies continue to show optimism in the industry. This week’s U.S. count jumped by 21, a boom of 385 rigs since the count fell to its recent low last spring. Oil drillers collectively sent 14 more rigs ... ...

Is the boom back? Drillers to spend $25 billion more in 2017

Oil and gas companies are loosening their purse strings and preparing to pump more oil and gas. Producers expect to spend $25 billion more this year on capital projects than they did last, an increase of 11 percent over 2016, according to the energy research firm Wood Mackenzie. And they hope to pum ...

The unmanned offshore production rig: A race to the bottom

The new frontier of offshore oil production is moving the above-water platform underwater. Two companies are in a race to engineer and produce the breakthrough. The German industrial technology company Siemens Corp. is building one version. And, this week, Swiss competitor ABB is showing off subsea ...

Noble to lay off 200 Midland workers after buying Clayton Williams

Noble Energy, following its recent purchase of Clayton Williams Energy, is preparing to close a Midland office and lay off almost 200 Clayton Williams employees. Noble, a Houston oil production company, is closing Clayton Williams’ office at 6 Desta Drive by the end of the year, it said in a notice ...

More electric vehicles are coming. But can cities power them?

The gas and electric company in Spokane, Wash., is giving away electric car charging stations, at least temporarily, and cities across the country are watching to see how it goes. Spokane, a town of 200,000 in the eastern hills near the Idaho border, has a burgeoning market of electric vehicle drive ...

Canada won’t choose between jobs, energy generation and the environment, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told oil and gas leaders in Houston on Thursday. The country will drill for oil and gas, build pipelines, reduce carbon emissions and develop green energy, all at once. In a pointed rebuke ...

Beyond the Permian: Is Dead Cow the next big field?

As land in West Texas’ prolific Permian Basin gets more expensive and harder to secure, oil companies are looking at the potential of other fields, from the Gulf of Mexico to Argentina. “There are ‘sweet spots’ that haven’t really been tackled yet,” said Frank Patterson, executive vice president of ...

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