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A panel of Texas electricity officials discusses the state's shift away from coal-fired power plants on the fourth day of IHS Energy's weeklong CERAWeek conference.

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.  More »
Ernest Moniz Sec. of Energy United States during the IHS Energy CERAWeek Wednesday April 22, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Energy chief sees no ‘compelling’ case for oil exports yet

The oil industry hasn’t made “an overly compelling argument” for crude exports, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday.  More »
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CERAWeek: EPA should expect litigation deluge over carbon emissions rules

In the next few months, the EPA is expected to release a final set of rules for forcing the electricity sector to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.  More »
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Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek Commentary: American oil CEOs avoid climate change talk, while Euro counterparts take it head on

No fewer than three U.S. oil executives attending IHS Energy CERAWeek have said government regulations need to be based on science, not public sentiment. Yet not one of them talked about the scientific consensus acknowledging global climate change.  More »
(Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Mexico’s power markets draw on past privatizations

Regulators at one point had made a chart tracking the origins of the many different elements of Mexico’s regulatory scheme.  More »
CERAweek attendees between sessions during the IHS Energy CERAWeek Wednesday April 22, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Freeport CEO says U.S. is only in the “fourth inning” of natural gas development

The flood of natural gas unleashed by the shale boom is shaping the North American economy in wide-reaching and disparate ways, a panel of top gas industry executives said Wednesday.  More »
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz tours the headquarters of PECO energy company in Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The White House has released a four-year energy plan, Quadrennial Energy Review, designed to fight climate change, modernize power plants and find other ways to ensure the nation a steady supply of safe energy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

CERAWeek: Ernest Moniz envisions more energy-swapping between North American powers

Broadening the transfer of energy and power resources across North American borders could yield big benefits for the United States, Canada and Mexico.  More »
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) shakes hands with workers of Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras at Petrobras's shipyards in Rio de Janeiro, on September 11, 2013. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Petrobras says graft scheme cost $2.1 billion in losses

Brazil’s top construction and engineering companies are accused of paying bribes to Petrobras executives and politicians,  More »
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Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case

Regulators found the Houston-based company’s oil storage tanks were emitting thousands of tons of volatile organic chemicals a year because of undersized vapor control systems.  More »
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Weatherford increases job cuts to 10,000

The world’s No. 4 oil field services firm, based in Switzerland but with main offices in Houston, posted a net loss of $118 million in the first quarter, or a loss of 15 cents a share, compared with a loss of $41 million, or 5 cents a share, in the same period last year.  More »
Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek conference at Hilton Americas - Houston Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Siemens CEO Kaeser still up on U.S. oil industry

Even after nine months of plunging crude prices, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser says he still believes the U.S. oil industry is “pretty cool.”  More »
Kinder Morgan CEO Richard Kinder speaks at the 2015 CERAWeek conference in Houston. (Billy Smith/Houston Chronicle)

Richard Kinder at CERAWeek: Industry hides from public “like we’re selling cigarettes”

Kinder said in an interview that oil and gas leaders hadn’t done enough to show how important the industry is  More »
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Exxon Mobil firms to pay nearly $5M for Arkansas oil spill

Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.  More »
Charif Souki, CEO of Cheniere Energy speaks during an interview, Cheniere is among Houston's top workplaces, according to a Chronicle survey Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Houston.
(James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: With ample U.S. gas, LNG export debate is over, Cheniere CEO says

Companies no longer need to follow Cheniere’s business model and invest billions of dollars to wrestle their way into an increasingly crowded market to sell liquefied natural gas overseas, CEO Charif Souki said Wednesday.  More »
David Foley, CEO of Blackstone's energy investing arm, speaks during a panel at IHS CERAWeek in April 2015.

CERAWeek: Blackstone exec says don’t worry about U.S. LNG project overbuild

The CEO of Blackstone’s energy arm says there’s little chance U.S. liquefied natural gas firms will build more export facilities than the global market can handle now that oil prices have collapsed.  More »
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