David Khemakhem, energy and technology advisor for ExxonMobil, speaks to a luncheon audience at the IIT 2013 Global Conference in Houston. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Population growth will drive energy demand higher, expert says

The world is becoming more efficient in how it uses energy, but growing economies and an ever increasing world population will still mean an overall growing demand for energy in the coming decades, an industry expert said Saturday.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, smiles as she addresses supporters at a rally in Haltom City, Texas, where she declared her candidacy for Texas governor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Wendy Davis joins PUC bashing over market vote

Skepticism over major possible changes to the Texas electricity market spilled into the governor’s race Thursday when Democrat Wendy Davis joined bipartisan scolding of state energy regulators who haven’t shown signs of backing down.
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Future grows dimmer for classic light bulb

Light bulbs are changing. Federal rules taking effect Jan. 1 ban the manufacture of incandescent bulbs using 40 watts of power or more, the third phase of energy efficiency legislation passed in 2007.
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Energy lawyers list industry’s hot topics for 2014

The prospect of U.S. oil exports and an increase in coal-related bankruptcies are likely to be major topics of conversation in energy circles next year, according to a discussion with lawyers from a leading firm serving the industry.
A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Fort Stockton. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

Renewable energy leads growth for Texas’ electric grid

Renewable energy from windy West Texas has outpaced the growth of coal, natural gas and other power resources feeding Texas’ electric grid, according to a recent report by the Energy Information Administration.
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Texas manufacturers criticize proposed changes to power grid

Texas manufacturers are asking state regulators not to adopt a proposed modification to the state’s electricity market that would pay generators for keeping additional capacity available at peak times, saying the change would be costly to consumers and would dampen state growth.
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Grid plan could overload power bills

The companies that sell electricity to Texas residences and businesses say their customers will have to pay more if the state makes changes in the market that some power industry officials and regulators are proposing.
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Panel grants pollution waiver for Illinois coal plants

The Illinois Pollution Control Board has agreed to give a Texas company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants.
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Retailers save millions by curbing energy use

Energy efficiency improvements had helped Gap, Walgreens, Cinemark and TCS Basys Controls save more than $200 million annually.
An Energy Department grant helped CenterPoint install smart meters in its entire service area two years ahead of schedule.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Verizon to guard smart meters from hackers

In a sign of the growing threat that hackers pose to smart meters and other Internet-connected devices, Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced Tuesday that it will launch a service to help utilities block those attacks.