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Simone Sebastian

A utility company linesman works to replace a damaged power line. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Summer power bills to shrink — but not in Texas

Electricity prices are expected to rise this summer compared to last. But falling demand for power will mean smaller electricity bills for most of the country.
PlanetSolar Captain Gérard d'Aboville celebrates the boat's arrival in New York City in June 2013.

Solar-powered boat travels Atlantic Coast on a mission (photos)

The world’s largest solar boat, a Swiss marvel named MS Turanor PlanetSolar, has made its way to the United States on a mission to collect climate data along the Gulf Stream.
(Image: SunPower)

IEA: Renewable energy making global gains, but so is coal

Renewable energy grew at an extraordinary pace worldwide in 2012, but it’s not enough to curb the march of climate change, because coal has continued to dominate growth in power generation around the world, the IEA said in a report this week.

Texas chemical engineers banking $140,000, as salaries rise

While the median salary for chemical engineers has risen 9 percent since 2011, the gender pay gap persists, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers has found in its most recent salary survey.
(Aldo Fonticiella/Flickr)

14 ways to slim your power bill this summer

Summer hasn’t started yet, but the heat has. Here are some lesser-known tips for conserving electricity and shaving dollars off of your utility bill.
A screenshot from the Maersk Group's "Quest for Oil" video game.

Energy company hopes video game will help fill long list of job openings

Set in either the freezing waters of the North Sea or the blazing heat of Qatar, players of “Quest for Oil” must explore rock, secure licenses, and reach their production target faster than their opponents.
Thomas K. Sneed, vice president and chief information officer for Marathon Oil Corporation. (Marathon Oil)

Marathon Oil chief information officer retires, new exec named

Leadership changes also were announced this week at Chevron and at Marathon Petroleum.
Workers make reapairs to power lines. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feds: Texans at greatest risk for summer power problems

While Texas’ grid operator says the state’s power infrastructure is ready for the summer heat, warnings from the feds sound more perilous.
Working logo for reality TV show concept "Roughnecks: An American Oil Story"

Reality show seeks to capture oil field workers in good light

A Houston-based producer feels reality TV hasn’t done the oil patch justice. So he’s developing his a show to challenge the negative roughneck stereotype.
(Image: Fotolia)

Women fill nearly half of new oil industry jobs

Women scored nearly half of all new oil industry jobs during the first quarter of this year, according to Paul Caplan, president of Rigzone. It could signal a major turning point for an industry in which men make up about 80 percent of the workforce.