Tag: energy

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

Restoring an electricity system after at total blackout — as is depicted in the newest Planet of the Apes movie — is much more difficult than portrayed by Hollywood.  More »

Houston pay tops nation on oil, gas strength

Houston outpaced every city in the nation in annual wage growth during the second quarter, thanks largely to a generous bump in oil and gas-industry pay, according to PayScale.  More »

Texas power companies oppose electric reliability project

More robust competition in the wholesale power market around Houston could mean lower profit margins for big generators operating there, but potential savings for area electric consumers.  More »

Russian hackers threatening power companies, researchers say

A Russian group of hackers known as “Energetic Bear” is attacking energy companies in the U.S. and Europe and may be capable of disrupting power supplies, cybersecurity researchers said.  More »

Shale’s junk debt at risk if Fed raises rates

The oil and gas industry’s junk-bond bonanza — which has caused the value of the sector’s speculative-grade debt to triple over the past seven years ago — could be coming to a sudden stop.  More »

Vampires at home? Household items draining energy

Like vampires, household appliances quietly suck up electricity while you sleep and while you’re away at work. TCAP has analyzed the data to get a sense as to how much these devices may be costing you every year.  More »

Threatened bird leads feds to block some drilling

The federal government is declaring more than 400,000 acres in Colorado and Utah off-limits to energy exploration to protect a little-known bird.  More »

Private equity firm adds $2.5B to energy infrastructure funding

First Reserve has closed on a $2.5 billion fund to back energy infrastructure, more than doubling the capital it had gathered to inject into pipeline, storage and liquefied natural gas projects.  More »

Oil barely changed as market watches Iraq turmoil

Higher oil prices could mean U.S. drivers won’t see an expected decline at the pump ahead of the July 4th holiday.  More »

Coal’s share of world energy demand at highest since 1970

Coal dominated world energy markets last year by supplying the biggest share of demand since 1970, making it the fastest growing fossil fuel, according to an annual review by BP Plc.  More »

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine

Russia on Monday cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.  More »

Workers in key industries getting most pay raises

Oil and gas workers earned an average 11 percent more an hour in April than they did a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than five times the average gain across all industries.  More »
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