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California solar company coming to Texas

The California-based solar panel company Sunrun has partnered with Think Energy, a retail electricity arm of the French power company Engie, to offer residential solar panel packages for Texas residents. Sunrun will offer solar panel systems for lease or purchase for Texas residents; the company wil ...

Atmos Energy hiked gas rates while over earning by millions

In recent years, Dallas-based Atmos Energy has raised its gas utility rates while still earning millions more than a state cap allows. Atmos earned above the allowable level in 2013 and 2015, too, and both times the Railroad Commission, which regulates gas utilities, allowed the company to raise rat ...

Texas will offer rebates for electric cars

The Texas legislature has reinstated rebates for Texans who buy electric vehicles, a provision in the state’s clean air program that was discontinued during the 2015 session. RELATED: Electric cars may soon beat gasoline models on price The Texas Emissions Reduction Program, which promotes cle ...

Gas demand and prices key to OPEC success

Reduced demand for gasoline and lower pump prices could undermine the Organization of Petroleum Producing Countries’ attempts to cut crude oil production and boost prices, according to research from the Chicago-based firm Morningstar. Last week, OPEC agreed to continue its production cuts, but ...

Solar industry drives renewable energy job growth worldwide

Renewable energy employs nearly 10 million people worldwide, far above levels in 2012, when the International Renewable Energy Agency did its first jobs survey. The number of jobs in the solar and wind industries have particularly driven the international spike in renewable energy work — in th ...

Gov. Abbott signs bill reauthorizing the Railroad Commission

The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, has been reauthorized to operate for another 12 years, after a years long battle with legislators over how to reform the agency. On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1818, part of a state initiative to review and rea ...

Texas Southern participates in national solar energy competition

  Texas Southern University and a consortium of 13 other eastern and southern universities are competing for a U.S. Department of Energy grant that will help fund solar power projects for low income households. The Department of Energy has set aside $5 million for the competition, although Texa ...

Storage company Vopak fined for chemical emissions

Vopak Logistics Services USA, part of the Dutch chemical storage company Royal Vopak, was fined $2.5 million for violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. The EPA claims the company’s mismanagement of equipment released chemicals — inclu ...

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