Energy is the Key to Solving Income Inequality

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When exploring solutions to income inequality policy makers pay close attention to the costs. The cost of healthcare. The cost of food. The cost of child care. The cost of housing. What about the cost of energy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the average U.S. family spent over $4,600 or about […]
The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones  initiative lines were designed to move electricity generated by renewable energy from the remote parts of Texas to more heavily populated areas. Oncor completed 37 stations and equipment for this project, as well as more than 900 miles of transmission lines. (photo: Oncor)

New power lines may be coming to Houston

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Texas grid planners are evaluating proposals for $3.6 billion in transmission projects over the next five years, including upgrades in lines serving the Houston area.
(Sascha Burkard)

New forecast challenges views on Texas electricity crunch

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Calculations based on new data challenge the notion that Texas’ growing population soon will overtax its electric power grid.
An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (Photo: ERCOT/Tom Reel)

Debate on revamping Texas grid delayed

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Texas regulators put off further discussions on modifying the electricity market until mid-May.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

First Solar announces plant for West Texas

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First Solar Inc. has announced plans for a power plant in West Texas.
(Photo: Fotolia)

Texas grid operator: Cold snap won’t spark another power emergency

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The operator of the Texas power grid, which had a close call with generating capacity when temperatures dropped earlier this month, says it has extra reserves ready for the cold snap expected Thursday and Friday.
Nissan LEAF Electric Car is displayed at the Houston Auto Show on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The Nissan LEAF gets the equivalent of about 129 miles per gallon in the city. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle)

NRG offers free charging for some electric cars

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Buyers of some electric cars will have an added incentive starting this year: Free charging for a year.
The fuel efficient Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid can run on gas, electric power, or on both functioning together. The hybrid was on display at the Houston Auto Show Wednesday. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle)

Houston Auto Show electrifies some before they know it (photos)

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As car enthusiasts streamed past sparkling SUVs and sleek coupes at the Houston Auto Show on Wednesday, some found themselves sitting in electric cars without even knowing it.
(Photo: Ed Yourdon, Flickr)

Super Bowl organizers seek to avoid another power debacle

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Power failures have plagued at least four high-profile sports games including the Super Bowl since 2010, dimming the glow of good feelings such events are supposed to generate for their host cities.

Some Key Takeaways from BP’s Latest Outlook to 2035

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Here are the key observations and takeaways from BP’s recently released 20-year forecast on global energy.