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Texas power conservation alert expires

Texans set a record for March power demand, but the grid operator let a conservation alert expire Tuesday morning as temperatures rose.  More »
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Crude oil drops after big jump over Ukraine crisis

The price of crude oil dropped sharply Tuesday after a big jump the day before over concern that Russia’s military advance into Ukraine could result in economic sanctions against one of the world’s major energy suppliers.  More »
Petroleos Mexicanos CEO Emilio Lozoya speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 3, 2014. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Pemex CEO: ‘Perfect storm’ paved way for landmark energy reform

Ever-increasing oil production prices intersected with an unprecedented spirit of harmony between multiple political parties to create the conditions necessary for the economic reforms passed in Mexico last December, the chief executive officer of the country’s national oil company said Monday.  More »
From left: Raad Alkadiri, managing director of Energy Insight; Stanislas Drochon, senior manager of East Africa Oil and Gas; Matthew Sagers, senior director of Russia & Caspian Energy; and Xizhou Zhou, director of China Energy discuss the geopolitics of energy during the CERAWeek energy conference in March 2014. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

From China to Tanzania, more open energy markets emerge

Big players in the Eastern Hemisphere have diversified their energy sources and attracted more foreign investment over the past decade, but powerful government interests are often at odds with the energy industry’s drive to maximize profits from commercializing resources, a panel of energy experts said Monday.  More »
Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Buffett regrets $2B bet on Texas utility

Warren Buffett lost more than $870 million betting on Energy Future Holdings, and says he wished he had never heard of the company.  More »
Richard Haass, former U.S. State Department official, speaks at the geopolital effects on global energy markets during the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston in March 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Economic sanctions on Russia would hurt, expert says

The Russian military invasion in the Crimean region of Ukraine could help encourage greater gas and oil exports, an former State department official said Monday afternoon at a national energy conference in Houston.  More »
Calpine Corp.'s Guadalupe Energy Center combined-cycle power plant. (Calpine Corp. photo)

Texas power market monitor to resign

An independent monitor who watches for problems in the Texas electric power market under contract with regulators will leave the post later this month.  More »
A Petrohawk Energy Co. drilling site at the Eagle Ford Shale in McMullen County. (Jake Lacey)

Poll: Where will the world’s next energy boom be?

With analysts debating the decline of the U.S. energy boom — at least one economist believes the end of shale fever is imminent — other regions worldwide are poised to step to the forefront.  More »
Jim Burkhard, head of oil and refined products research for IHS CERA, listens as Bob MacKnight, IHS head of oil and gas supply research, speaks about global energy markets during the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston in March 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Analysts warn of Russia-Ukraine tensions’ effect on prices

Turbulence between Ukraine and Russia could cause global oil prices to rise, a top analyst with IHS warned Monday.  More »
Several hundred youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline are arrested outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pipeline protesters arrested at White House

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.  More »
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Report: Marcellus growth not peaking any time soon

Natural gas production from the booming Marcellus Shale will represent nearly a quarter of U.S. production by 2015, according to a new report published this morning by analysts at Morningstar.  More »
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Cold weather, hot market: Texas power price reaches max

Wholesale electricity in Texas, typically less than $100 per megawatt hour, reached $5,000 as heating demand approached generation capacity.  More »
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