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Drone company claims first legal Gulf of Mexico inspection flights

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There are now more than 3,000 businesses or individuals in the U.S. that have been approved to fly drones for commercial reasons.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks in Washington, Sept. 10, 2014. Cheney, who was a sponsor of the brutal interrogation tactics used on detainees suspected of being linked to al-Qaida, on Sunday escalated his counterattack on the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, which found that the CIA's now-defunct program violated American values and produced little useful intelligence. (Doug Mills/ The New York Times)

Cheney chides Obama on fossil fuel stance, lifting Iran sanctions

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Cheney said the U.S. should get more involved with energy diplomacy to weaken its enemies
(Bob Owen/San Antonio Express News)

City makes deal with Reliant for more green power

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The city is now working to negotiate a 12-month extension with Reliant, a subsidiary of Houston-based NRG Energy.
Inside the Honeywell's control center demo site, Experion Orion Console, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Houston. Visitors can see the future of technologies at refineries, petrochemical plants and large industrial facilities. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle)

Refineries due for an upgrade, with touch screens and HD monitors among the offerings

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The problem is convincing companies to make changes when upgrades cost money and give employees unfamiliar equipment.
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From space travel to video games, Big Oil pulls tech collaborators from a range of industries

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An arsenal of oil and gas gadgets includes a lot of tech that was developed by industry outsiders.
Wind turbines stand in this aerial photograph taken above the Haengwon Wind Farm in Jeju, South Korea, on Sunday, June 28, 2015. South Korea’s 15 trillion won ($13.3 billion) extra budget will channel money to the medical and tourism sectors as the Park administration seeks to cushion the impact of a deadly respiratory disease. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

GE launches new renewable energy business

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The new business unit is heavily focused on wind power and turbine manufacturing.
A dog is silhouetted as wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. stand at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Planned Texas wind farm to power Owens Corning, Equinix

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Chicago-based Invenergy will build a new 300-megawatt Texas wind farm near Lubbock to power Owens Corning insulation and fiberglass giant and Equinix data center company.
Shell Oil President Marvin Odum, center, speaks at the University of Houston energy symposium, "Carbon tax: Is it the right time?" on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )

Shell Oil Co. president touts carbon tax over piecemeal regulations

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A carbon tax or cap-and-trade system in the U.S. — and globally — would serve the energy industry better than the current slate of piecemeal state and federal regulations, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said Tuesday at a University of Houston energy symposium on “Carbon Tax: Is It the Right Time?”
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Schlumberger teams up with tech company on new pressure pumping technology

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Oil field services giant Schlumberger is partnering with a California tech company on a new hydraulic fracturing technology designed to reduce the frequent breakdowns that plague pressure pumps.
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Commentary: Why The $5 Billion Battery Plan Went Nowhere

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The sticking point is that under the Texas electric deregulation law, transmission and distribution utilities cannot own generation assets.