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(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Drillers shut down dozens of rigs last week, biggest pull-back since April 2015

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Losses in the oil patch deepened in the second half of 2015 and into 2016 along with plummeting prices of crude.
(Bob Owen/San Antonio Express News)

Solar energy grows 30 percent in Texas, keeping pace with country

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A report released Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the capacity of solar installations grew by more than 32 percent nationwide last year.
(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Texas, nationwide gasoline prices continue to decline

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Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $1.46 per gallon. Drivers in El Paso are paying the most statewide at an average $1.62 per gallon.
Eagle Ford, Bakken shale production on the decline

Eagle Ford, Bakken shale production on the decline

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Output from the Eagle Ford has been falling since March 2015.
Over thirty oil drilling rigs idling in a Helmerich & Payne, Inc. yard along Groening Street in Odessa, Texas, in the Permian Basin on  May 18, 2015. (Courtney Sacco/Odessa American via AP)

Banks “finally found religion” at $30 oil, lawyers see wave of bankruptcies

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More than two dozen Texas bankruptcy attorneys expect a 30 percent increase in corporate restructurings and bankruptcy filings in the state this year, according to a sampling of bankruptcy attorneys by Houston consultancy HSSK.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Valero beats expectations with $862 million in fourth quarter earnings

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San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. reported a 9.5 percent drop in fourth quarter earnings that strongly outperformed what analysts were expecting from nation’s largest independent oil refiner.
Wind turbines and oil pumpjack in action Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, north of Stanton, Texas.
(James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram)

Texas beats all other states combined in planned wind power growth

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Despite the Lone Star State’s vast number of wind farms already in operation, Texas now counts more than half of the entire nation’s wind growth currently under construction.
Report: Oil falling, but Eagle Ford, Bakken output on the rise

Texas pumps more oil in November, and the Eagle Ford Shale counties stay at the top of the list

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Karnes County is still pumping more crude oil than any other county, with 6 million barrels produced in November.
( Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Economist says Texas oil drillers may have unlocked crude supply lasting “decades into the future”

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Despite the massive cutbacks, Texas in 2015 likely broke the state’s 43-year-old record for crude oil production.
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Texas gets “F” grade on net-metering policies for solar power and more

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The new “Freeing the Grid” report from Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council also gave Texas a “D” grade on its interconnection policies, which are the rules customers follow to “plug” their renewable energy generation into the grid.