Ryan Holeywell

Ryan Holeywell

Ryan Holeywell covers energy for the Houston Chronicle. He previously wrote about transportation and municipal finance for Governing magazine, which is read by state and local government officials nationwide. Holeywell’s previous work has been published by the Washington Post and USA Today, and he has appeared on CNN and public radio to discuss his articles. Holeywell, a Houston native, graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Cheap gasoline is helping some states rake in more tax revenue

Low oil prices could help shore up some states’ coffers, since increased driving brought on by cheap fuel will also result in more gas tax revenue.  More »

U.S. oil rig count down 42 as industry’s slowdown accelerates

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. fell by 42 this week, a reversal from previous figures that suggested the industry’s pull back was slowing down.  More »

Wages for oil and gas workers are growing the slowest of any industry

Falling oil prices and a slowdown in the energy sector have prompted wage growth in the oil and gas industry — as well as Houston at-large — to come to standstill, according to new data.  More »

Shell sets $70 billion deal to buy BG Group

Shell said that bringing the two companies together would produce financial gains of about $2.5 billion a year.  More »

Feds say CenterPoint was smart with grid grants

Energy Department grants funded more than a fourth of CenterPoint’s $750 million project to reduce the duration of power outages and provide customers timely information about their electricity use.  More »

Hundreds more Houston-area jobs cut as oil-equipment demand falls

Falling oil prices have prompted businesses affiliated with the the energy industry to announce more than 400 job cuts in the Houston area as demand for their products and services falls.  More »

Houston-based oil and natural gas developer sells Utica stake for $575 million

EV Energy Partners will sell its 21 percent stake in a system of natural gas gathering and compression facilities in eastern Ohio for $575 million, it announced Monday morning.  More »

Odessa coal-to-gas power plant to break ground this year

A new power plant in West Texas that essentially transforms coal into cleaner-burning natural gas is poised to break ground later this, an executive in charge of it said at a conference in Houston Wednesday.  More »

Apache has pumped almost 1 million barrels of oil from its Egypt fields since November

Apache has already spent $14 million to install production facilities at two fields in Egypt’s Western Desert.  More »

Electric industry pushes back against bill restricting minimum-use fees

During a late-night hearing in Austin on Wednesday, the companies argued that “minimum use fees” — charged to customers who use too-little electricity each month — are fundamental to the economics of some power plans.  More »

Linn announces $1 billion equity deal

Oil producer Linn Energy signed a deal with Quantum Energy Partners, a private investor, to help fund up to $1 billion in oil and natural gas acquisitions, the companies said Tuesday  More »

Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.  More »

Southwestern Energy sells Pennsylvania pipelines for $500 million

Natural gas producer Southwestern Energy will sell its gathering assets in Pennsylvania for $500 million, the company announced Thursday morning.  More »

BG Group announces production from North Sea field

The Knarr oil field was discovered in 2008, and BG Group estimaes it has 80 million barrels of oil equivalent in gross recoverable reserves.  More »

Oil producer Nexen cuts workforce by 400

Nexen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, one of China’s major national oil companies.  More »
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