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Record snowfall in California increasing hydro power generation

Hydroelectric power in California is expected to decrease the state’s reliance on natural gas this year, after a year of record snowfall gives way to large runoff, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. California has been in a relentless drought since 2011, but this year’s record p ...

Railroad Commission fines company for not cleaning up oil, wastewater spills

The Railroad Commission of Texas fined a Dallas-based oil and gas company more than $100,000 on Tuesday after inspectors found that several spills of oil and toxic water had not been cleaned up after nearly two years. Inspectors for the commission, which regulates oil and gas in Texas, found several ...

The Houston City  Council voted on Wednesday to reject a gas utility rate increase proposed by CenterPoint Energy last year. CenterPoint has asked to raise an additional $31 million come from around 1.3 million customers in Houston and the Gulf region. The rate increase would boost the average Houst ...

Texas tries to join fight against BLM methane regulations

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked a Wyoming court for permission to join a lawsuit protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s new rules regulating methane leaks and flaring from oil and gas operations. If granted, Texas would join Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota in their request to ...

Drilling permits suggest industry is recovering

The state of Texas approved almost 1,000 oil and gas drilling permits in February, as the industry responds to higher oil prices and slowly moves toward a recovery. The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, approved 991 permits last month, most of which for new wells ...

Spanish company wins bid to build offshore wind farm near North Carolina

The U.S.-based subsidiary of a Spanish utility company has offered $9 million in a bid to develop an offshore wind farm off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The company, Avangrid Renewables, bid for rights to the project during a U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management auction, the culminatio ...

Two bills seek to limit drilling near schools and provide public notice

Two bills proposed this month by Democratic lawmakers in the Texas Legislature are trying to give municipalities more control over oil and gas development in their communities by limiting oil and gas drilling around schools and requiring public meetings for permit approval. One bill, Senate Bill 186 ...

Hydro power facilities are oldest power plants in the U.S.

The oldest power generating facilities in the U.S. are hyrdoelectric plants, which are on average 64 years old. But some are even older–dating to before 1908, according to analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. Hydroelectricity remains the primary source of renewable energy in the U.S., an ...

Economics, not regulation, driving energy transition

The rise of renewable energy, and not excessive regulation, is driving the collapse of coal-fired power plants around the country, said Barry Smitherman, a former Texas energy regulator who was a contender to be the new head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Smitherman still advocated for ...

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