Tag: Texas

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 »

Keystone foes make drastic last-ditch effort

“We’re trying to create as much pressure as we can on President Obama,” one environmentalist said. “We want to personalize this. This isn’t just the faceless masses.”  More »

Houston solar power lags far behind other Texas cities

A new study from a Texas-based environmentalist group finds that Houston is lagging behind other cities in its use of solar power.  More »

Feds: Gas accounted for half of new US power generation in 2013

Natural gas continues to eat into coal’s share of U.S. power generation, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation’s new generating capacity last year, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration.  More »

Gas boom creates chemical bond between Gulf Coast, foreign firms

Foreign companies are making big bets on the Gulf Coast petrochemical corridor, where capital investment is surging because of cheap U.S. natural gas, other lower costs and the existing industry infrastructure.  More »

Texas producing 36 percent of US crude

More than one of every three barrels of U.S. crude is pumped in Texas, according to the latest monthly figures from the federal Energy Information Administration.  More »

Mexico tapping wind potential

The historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector could shift the direction of its nascent wind power industry to the huge market north of the border.  More »

Feds list lesser prairie chicken as threatened

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states. The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a […]  More »

Texans boost natural gas use for driving, but not for power

Texans increased their use of natural gas to fuel cars and trucks in 2013, but reduced its use to power lights and appliances, according to new federal data.  More »

Shell to slash US investment on shale disappointments

Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden says the company will cut capital spending in the U.S. by 20 percent in 2014 after setbacks in its shale gas operations and in Alaska.  More »

Texas leads growth in clean energy jobs

Texas, California and New York were among the nation’s leaders in adding green energy jobs during the final months of 2013, according to a new analysis. New wind projects helped drive the growth in the Lone Star State.  More »

Is shale running short on ‘PowerBars’?

North America may be in the midst of an energy renaissance, but that could be slowed or derailed by several limitations, including nature.  More »
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