With the Capitol in the background, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Canadian embassy in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, following a meeting with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Canadian official visits DC as Keystone lobbying escalates

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Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said his nation wants to work with the U.S. to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, including from Alberta’s oil sands, the source of crude to be carried by the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Texas seismologist: Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes

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A University of Texas seismologist says human activity associated with oil and gas production can sometimes cause earthquakes, but hydraulic fracturing isn’t the problem.
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Switch that can lower electric bills

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As grid planners work to ensure that Texas can generate enough electricity when people use it most, electric companies are helping — and potentially profiting — by rewarding customers who use power when demand is lower.
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Wind energy company launches $320 million IPO

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A San Francisco-based wind power company that is building a 218 megawatt wind power facility in the Texas Panhandle is reaching out to public markets with a $320 million initial public offering.
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 power falls as Texas wind underperforms

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U.S. renewable power generation fell 4 percent in August, compared with the same month a year ago, as Texas wind and other resources underperformed, according to an analysis from research firm Genscape.
Supporters of former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador cheer as they listen to Lopez Obrador during an act to protest against the government's proposed energy reforms. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Thousands protest Mexico oil reform

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Thousands of people rallied Sunday in Mexico City to oppose President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plan to open the state-owned oil sector to profit-sharing contracts with private firms.
Orji Uzor Kalu, chairman of SLOK Holding, interviewed for Chronicle story August 2013.

Q&A: Oil chief sees potential for growth in Nigeria

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Orji Uzor Kalu, chairman of oil and gas company SLOK Nigeria, speaks with FuelFix about oil and gas ties between Nigeria, the U.S. and China.
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Libya’s oil exports plunge as problems escalate

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Libya’s prime minister faced increasing calls for his ouster on Saturday as strikes by government employees at oil export terminals cost the North African country more than $5 billion in losses.
A flag flies otuside the headquarters building of XTO Energy Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. (Matt Nager/Bloomberg)

Top 10 deals of the US energy boom

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Here’s a look at the highest valued energy mergers and acquisitions since 2008.
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Probe finds evidence of plot to corrupt BP spill settlement program

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An independent probe led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found evidence of a lawyers’ plot to “corrupt” the BP settlement program but nothing that warranted shutting down payments to victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a report issued Friday.