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Worker burned in La Porte plant fire sues company

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An electrician who was burned in a La Porte chemical plant fire last week has filed a lawsuit that offers more details about the incident that sent him to the hospital and black plumes of smoke billowing from the facility.
Solar panels are installed in Arlington, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Energy storage technology to surge worldwide

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The market services required to store electricity is expected to grow tenfold in the next ten years, as energy storage technology starts to become available around the globe, a market research report said Friday morning.
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas Thursday May 5, 2011. Hydraulic fracturing is a method of removing oil and gas from rock formations such as the Eagle Ford shale formation in south central Texas. JOHN DAVENPORT/San Antonio Express-News

BHP hits the road with Eagle Ford jobs fair

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BHP Billiton Petroleum will hold several jobs fairs throughout South Texas in early April. Get the times and locations here.
A production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

Interior Dept. allows BP to bid on Gulf leases, with conditions

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The Interior Department will allow BP to bid in next week’s Gulf of Mexico lease sale, despite its suspension from obtaining new federal contracts.
A team from NRG Energy is installing a 100 kilowatt solar power system at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this week. NRG Energy owns Houston’s Reliant Energy. (Photo: NRG Energy)

CEO: NRG’s system in Haiti shows power of solar

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American electricity giant NRG Energy is installing a solar power and battery storage system this week at a hospital in Haiti that demonstrates the advantages of drawing energy from the sun, CEO David Crane told FuelFix.
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Solar industry reports record growth in 2012

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The U.S. solar industry had record growth in 2012, according to a report released Thursday.
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US projects OPEC oil decline in 2013

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The Energy Information Administration forecasts that OPEC will cut its crude production this year by 600,000 barrels per day, signaling an increase in world surplus production capacity.
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Mexican lawmakers have passed legislation that will end a 75-year state monopoly on the energy industry.

Natural gas exports to Mexico jump 24 percent

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Amid a noisy debate over shipping U.S. natural gas to Europe and Asia, exports to Mexico climbed 24 percent in 2012.
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Houston firm considers new pipeline for Gulf Coast petrochemical plants

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Enterprise Products Partners, a Houston-based natural gas and crude oil pipeline firm, is looking at development of a new 270-mile pipeline to deliver ethane to Gulf Coast petrochemical plants.
In a presentation on its 2040 energy outlook, Exxon Mobil shows rapid growth in global economic prosperity, a trend that will drive a boom in energy demand, the oil giant forecasts. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

U.S. poised to become net energy exporter, Exxon Mobil forecasts

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The U.S. could become a net exporter of energy by 2025, said William Colton, Exxon Mobil vice president of corporate strategic planning.The economic benefits of domestic oil and gas production are the equivalent of a $600 billion stimulant package for the U.S. economy, he added.