Texas Solar Outfitters installs solar panels in a newly constructed home located in the Dominion Falls subdivision in Humble, Texas.

Houston-based Sunnova secures $300 million, a Kinder and a Morgan

Sunnova CEO John Berger said the $300 million is in committed debt and equity funding from Credit Suisse and a group of equity investors led by Triangle Peak Partners, which is based in Houston and California. Other new business development partners include Philadelphia-based Franklin Square Capital Partners and GSO Capital Partners, which is the credit investment arm of the Blackstone Group private equity firm.
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Environmentalists and energy companies lobby administration on coming methane rule

The Obama administration has telegraphed its plans to “reduce wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells” on federal and Indian leases nationwide.
OCI Solar Power's Alamo 4 plant in Brackettville features more than 150,000 solar panels and sits on 600 acres of privately owned land. The solar farm is OCI Solar's first Texas project outside of metro San Antonio and was built as part of an agreement with CPS Energy to provide solar-generated electricity.
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Texas makes big leap in energy efficiency rankings

Texas moved up eight spots to rank 26th nationally after the state became more aggressive in policing proper energy code compliance for buildings as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, according to the report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UT Energy Poll: Three-quarters of Americans now believe climate change is real

American’s views on climate change and other hot-button energy and environment topics are still closely tied to their political affiliation, with 90 percent of Democrats saying climate change is occurring compared to just 59 percent of Republicans in a new UT Energy Poll.
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California shuts 33 oilfield wells threatening water supply

California is shutting down another 33 oilfield wells that state officials improperly permitted to inject into federally protected water supplies.
(Doug Kanter/Bloomberg News)

Clean Power Plan may force coal power plant retirements in Texas, ERCOT says

Despite the concerns, the estimated retirement of at least 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation capacity in the ERCOT region is much less than the previous projection of 8,700 megawatts given last year before the Clean Power Plan rule was finalized and the timelines were eased, said ERCOT, which manages about 85 percent of Texas’ electricity load.
BP CEO Bob Dudley answers journalists'questions at the end of a meeting of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) in  Paris on October 16, 2015. CEO of 10 global oil and gas companies call for an effective climate change agreement at COP 21, OGCI said on friday  in a press release. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Group of Big Oil companies pledge support on climate change initiative

Their declaration follows a joint letter that was sent to the top UN official in charge of climate talks earlier this year, in which six European oil companies split from their U.S. peers and banded together to call for governments to agree to carbon pricing.
The W. A. Parish power plant on Friday Sept. 5, 2014 in rural Fort Bend County, TX.  (Eric Kayne/Invision for NRG/AP Images)

Report: Texas already on path to meeting most Clean Power Plan goals

The Clean Power Plan, the final version of which was proposed in August, is intended to reduce carbon pollution from existing power by 32 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030.
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Commentary: Why The $5 Billion Battery Plan Went Nowhere

The sticking point is that under the Texas electric deregulation law, transmission and distribution utilities cannot own generation assets.
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Citigroup, citing climate change, will reduce coal financing

Citigroup said its credit exposure to coal mining had “declined materially” since 2011 and that the trend would continue into the future.