Simone Sebastian

Simone Sebastian

Simone is assistant editor for She's an award-winning reporter who has covered energy for the Houston Chronicle and education for the San Francisco Chronicle, among other major newspapers. You can follower her on Twitter, @SimonesNews. Contact her at 713-362-6145 or

Coal war rages in presidential campaigns

New study says coal plant retirements are more sensitive to market forces, like natural gas prices, than to regulations.  More »

Light cars losing fuel-economy to heavy drivers

Allstate auto insurance says the push to make vehicles lighter, to improve fuel efficiency, is losing ground to American’s growing waistlines.  More »

$69 million paid out in BP oil spill claims

Payouts to businesses and individuals who say the suffered economic losses related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been made in about 3 percent of the claims, according to court documents filed Friday.  More »

Synthetic diesel shuttles launch at Hobby Airport

Shuttle buses for three car rental businesses have started running on synthetic diesel made from waste cooking oil and animal fat.  More »

U.S. natural gas production flattens

After booming growth in recent years, natural gas marketed production in 2012 has plateaued, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

Autumn brings little fall in gasoline prices

Last month’s average gasoline price made it the most expensive September ever at the pump.  More »

Coca-Cola expands PlantBottle effort with world’s largest bio-plastic facility

The beverage leader said it will partner with Indian firm JBF Industries to expand its PlantBottle technology, with construction of a sugarcane-based plastics facility in Brazil.  More »

Renewables can help feed Africa’s power needs, experts say

Speakers at the Texas Africa Business Summit said Thursday that an insufficient workforce and ill-conceived government projects are impeding development of conventional power infrastructure in Africa.  More »

U.S. solar module shipments surge 43 percent

More U.S. companies are manufacturing and shipping photovoltaic modules and cells, according to a federal report released Tuesday. But the nation remains a net exporter of the solar technologies.  More »

Key Energy lowers third-quarter expectations

Key Energy Services forecasted that revenue will drop 4 percent to 5 percent compared to the second quarter, citing a decline in activity in the nation’s oil and natural gas fields.  More »

Tax credit has little impact on electric vehicle buys, CBO says

The Congressional Budget Office said the electric vehicle tax credit will cost nearly $2 billion, but doesn’t make electric vehicles cost competitive.  More »

Auto industry revs up for race to meet fuel standards

A federal mandate to slash the nation’s fuel demand has refiners bracing for a sales hit. But automotive and petrochemical engineers are heading into overdrive to create gas-saving technologies.  More »
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