Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Wind giant Texas stands tall as rule change looms

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Depending on how the Environmental Protection Agency writes the new rules on power plant emissions, states such as Texas and California that have embraced renewable power or boosted their gas use may not have far to go to meet the mandates.
Mesquite wood chips are shown in a truck loaded about 40 miles from Corpus Christi. 
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US wood pellet exports double on British demand surge

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U.S. wood pellet exports doubled to 3.2 million short tons last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012, led by demand from the U.K.
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Judge rejects creditors’ bid to send bankruptcy case to Texas

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Energy Future Holdings Corp., the bankrupt Texas power provider, will restructure $40 billion in debt in a Delaware court, a federal judge ruled, rejecting a request by creditors to transfer the case to Dallas, where the company is based.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Transmission line could expand Texas wind market

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A California-based energy company announced Wednesday that it has federal approval to build a transmission connecting Texas’s power grid to the power grid in the Southeast.
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Energy Future sued by lenders’ trustee for $665 million

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nergy Future isn’t entitled to a “windfall” from failing to pay the premium owed for early redemption of debt, CSC Trust Co. of Delaware, which represents most holders of a unit’s $3.5 billion in 10 percent senior secured notes, said in the lawsuit
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Texas renewable energy production up 12 percent

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Renewable energy production rose 12 percent last year, according to the state’s grid operator.
The Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, skyline with the Kingdom Tower in the background, photographed on Feb. 9, 2011  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Saudi gas reserves up as Aramco taps new shale deposits

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Saudi Arabia’s natural gas reserves rose last year as it explored for the fuel in the Red Sea and tapped shale gas to free more crude oil for export, according to the kingdom’s state-run oil company.
Part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant is under construction in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Fee to build phantom nuke waste site ends

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Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn’t exist.
A pump jack works beside the site of new home construction, in Midland, Texas. The West Texas town is in the middle of an oil boom with thousands of workers in need of housing. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Commerce official: US output booms while federal lands wilt

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The United States will need to produce as much oil and gas as it can muster to prepare for massive global demand growth over the next four decades, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said Thursday.
Steve Ghormley from Freedom CNG and Railroad Commissioner David Porter fuel up a truck at the new CNG fueling station serving Houston Distributing Company near the company's facility on High Life Drive Thursday March 27, 2014.(Dave Rossman photo)

Texas launches $2,500 incentive for CNG, electric vehicles

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Drivers will now be able to get up to $2,500 in incentives to help purchase alternative-fuel vehicles, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced this week.