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Mayor Julian Castro laughs prior to the announcement of a three-year agreement between Microsoft and UTSA to research and develop sustainable technologies to make data centers more energy efficient and economically viable. The announcement took place at UTSA. (Robin Jerstad/For the Express-News)

Texas school partners with Microsoft for energy efficiency research

Microsoft Corp. and the University of Texas at San Antonio entered into a three-year partnership to research and develop sustainable-energy technologies that benefit data centers.  More »
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Shell plans Russian expansion with Putin support

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden won a promise of support for the plan from President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at the Russian leader’s residence.  More »
Shareholders have criticized Chesapeake’s board for failing to rein in what they’ve seen as Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s risk-taking and overspending at the company. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

Shale pioneer McClendon hires Chesapeake in Utica

Aubrey McClendon, the pioneering shale wildcatter who helped usher in the U.S. energy renaissance, has hired the company that fired him to drill wells for his newest natural gas venture.  More »
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Labor shortage threatens to bust shale boom

Labor shortages, causing delays in construction, threaten to slow the Gulf Coast energy boom and push back the date when the country can meet its own energy needs, estimated by BP Plc to be in 2035.  More »
The sand is needed to keep open cracks in the shale after water and chemicals under high pressure fractures the rock. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg)

Fracking sand spurs grain-like silos for rail transport

The sleepy silica sand industry that once mostly supplied glassmakers now ships more than 20 million tons of the material a year. Buyers including Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd. use the sand in hydraulic fracturing at oil fields in Texas and North Dakota.  More »
Biomass can be used to produce various fuels. (Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Ukraine seeks renewable-energy boost to counter Russia

Ukrainian officials say they’ve found a way to protect the nation from Russia: Go green. Ukraine is seeking U.S. investment in its biomass, wind and solar power industries.  More »
China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil rig in China's Bohai Sea in 2002. (REUTERS/China Newsphoto/Files)

Top 20 countries for oil and gas salaries

The global average salary for oil and gas workers fell slightly in 2013 after two years of rapid growth, according to a report from recruiting firm Hays.  More »
Mike Hamilton, ground and crew supervisor for Bayou Well Services, keeps watch over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) worker

Photos: Inside Colorado’s fracking boom

Look inside a walled-off fracking facility in Colorado, one of many sites that is making oil — and dollars — flow in the state. But the drilling has come much too fast — and too close — for several communities  More »
T. Boone Pickens speaks at the 2014 World LNG Conference on Jan. 22, 2014, in Houston. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

Pickens teaming up with family-run Wyoming firm

The business hopes to become the largest maker of natural gas engines for drilling rigs.  More »
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Santrol opens another Eagle Ford terminal

Santrol on Thursday announced it has opened its eighth sand terminal in the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
Ships and barges hug the shoreline at the Port Corpus Christi. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

Austrian company launches $740 million Corpus port project

The voestalpine Group will break ground this week on a $740 million plant at the Port of Corpus Christi.  More »
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Oil tops $104 on Ukraine fears

Natural gas surged nearly 5 percent after the Energy Department reported that U.S. storage levels rose less than expected.  More »
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