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Solar power can help the Texas grid meet power needs

Solar power, once viewed as an unlikely generator of electricity needed to meet peak power demand, is gaining new fans as a way to boost power generation.  More »

Drug tests one barrier for Eagle Ford job seekers

Employers say they’re rejecting 30 percent to 40 percent of all shale job applicants because they can’t pass a pre-employment drug test, said Leodoro Martinez, who moderated a panel discussion about workforce issues at last week’s Texas Economic Development & Energy Summit.  More »

Shale jobs attract interest from far away

The Eagle Ford Shale is a job- creation machine, and the word has reached job hopefuls far from the South Texas oil play.  More »

Fuel price surge likely to ease

Filling up has taken a bigger bite out of wallets this month, as gasoline prices in Houston have jumped 23 cents in the last 30 days.  More »

Panelist reviewing fracturing study has his own industry ties

A retired aerospace executive – appointed to review a study on hydraulic fracturing after it was disclosed the study’s author has strong industry ties – has such ties himself.  More »

Valero may split off retail operations

Valero Energy may split its retail business from the rest of the company. It is reviewing several ways to separate its retail operations, including a distribution to shareholders, the company said.  More »

Eagle Ford a contender for top U.S. play

Highly productive wells and the vast size of the Eagle Ford Shale are combining to make the South Texas shale play a contender for being the nation’s best, according to a new report.  More »

UT study on hydraulic fracturing to be reviewed by outside experts

Media reports of the professor’s post at an oil and gas company on Tuesday prompted the provost at UT Austin to say the study will be examined by an independent group of experts, who are expected to report back in a few weeks.  More »

CPS solar deal to bring 805 jobs to S.A.

‘CPS Energy inked a landmark deal Monday with OCI Solar Power that calls for the construction of five solar plants around the state, providing CPS with access to 400 megawatts of power. The deal will bring to San Antonio 805 jobs paying an average $47,000 a year — about a $40 million payroll.  More »

Black gold comes to Texas’ rescue again

While low natural gas prices may help you with your utility bill, it isn’t helping energy companies’ bottom line.  More »

Eagle Ford boom strains health care, schools

The Eagle Ford Shale is transforming South Texas, but the oil boom is straining health care, education and social services.  More »

Auditor finds no manipulation of electricity market

The independent market monitor for the Public Utility Commission, Dan Jones, said Monday that there was no market manipulation of wholesale electricity prices on June 25 and 26 when power usage and prices soared and demand for electricity set records for the Texas grid.  More »