NextGen Vehicle: An Unclear Path

Although there is a great deal of hype about the next generation vehicle, thanks to the elaborate marketing of Tesla by its found Elon Musk, the path to that vehicle is not at all clear and its timing less so.  The enthusiasm over these efforts should be tempered by past experience.  Remember the Clinton Administration’s […]
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Work has started to prepare a site in Oklahoma City for a new gas-to-liquids plant that will convert landfill gas into petroleum products. (Envia Energy)

Houston-area companies break ground on landfill gas-to-diesel project

Construction will begin soon on the first of a series of gas-to-liquids plants under development by an array of Houston-based companies to produce petroleum products from landfill gas.

Coastal states launch new bid for offshore drilling dollars

Senators from Texas, Alaska and other coastal states have launched a fresh campaign to siphon off more of the revenue that flows to the federal government from offshore drilling.
The U.S. plastics industry is poised to invest nearly $47 billion in expansions, thanks to the shale boom. (American Chemistry Council)

Report: Shale boom helps plastics industry stage a comeback

The U.S. plastics industry is mounting a comeback thanks to a surge of cheap, abundant natural gas that’s providing the nation with a competitive advantage over other countries for the first time in years, a new report finds.

Cheniere’s Corpus Christi project gets key export license

Via Jennifer A. Dlouhy, FuelFix: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has delivered a critical natural gas export license to Cheniere Energy’s proposed liquefaction terminal in Corpus Christi, marking the first such approval for a greenfield project that would not be built on the footprint of an older LNG facility. With the move late Tuesday, the […]
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Texas Capitol

Commentary: Energy Consumers and the 84th Texas Legislature

A quick update about a few bills of interest to energy consumers — and whether those bills are alive, dead or somewhere in between.
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Analysts turn more optimistic on oil

$100 per barrel oil isn’t out of the question, said James West of Evercore ISI, as part of a range opinions presented today in Houston.
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A section of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company 800 mile Trans Alaska Pipeline crosses a mountain ridge near Delta Junction, Alaska, Wednesday, August 17, 2005.  (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Williams Cos. pipeline merger to create $33 billion partnership

Williams follows Kinder Morgan Inc., the largest pipeline operator, in consolidating a master-limited partnership to make more cash available to pay investors and expand operations.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends a ceremony at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh.  (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)

Saudi king declines to attend Obama’s Persian Gulf summit

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir issued a statement Sunday saying the king won’t visit “due to the timing of the summit, the scheduled humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen and the opening of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid.”

New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015, after a transformer failed at New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that has been extinguished in Buchanan, N.Y. A spokesman for Entergy says the unit has shut down automatically and is safe and stable. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Nuclear plant fire results in Hudson River oil spill

Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3.