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We’re on course for highest July 4th gasoline since 2008

Fourth of July gasoline price news depends on how you view it.  More »
Power lines, owned by Energy Future Holdings, near the Lake Hubbard Power Plant near Dallas. (Allison V. Smith/The New York Times)

Energy Future execs, directors paid $25.5M before bankruptcy

Court documents filed this week show Energy Future Holdings CEO John Young, directors and other executives collected a combined $25.5 million in compensation in the year before the Dallas power generator filed for bankruptcy.  More »
Chile's Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco speaks to FuelFix after an industry breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday, July 02, 2014. (Dave Rossman photo)

Chile officials visit Houston to urge renewable investment

Typically, when foreign energy ministers visit Houston, they’re in town to pitch the oil and gas sector on investing in their country in order to tap a bounty of oil and gas resources. Officials from Chile in town Wednesday worked a different angle.  More »
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Ships and barges hug the shoreline at the Port Corpus Christi. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

Record LPG exports will drive ship market growth, Latsco says

Increased U.S. exports of liquefied petroleum gas amid higher shale oil production will boost demand for ships that carry gases such as propane, butanes and ethane, according to the director of Latsco Shipping Ltd., said  More »
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Report: Vampire equipment sucking power and draining wallets

The price people pay for always-on, around-the-clock Internet connections with modems, cell phones and laptops may be higher than they think.  More »
The continent’s fivefold increase in solar and wind power in the past decade flooded electricity grids with power, displacing fossil fuels so fast that coal- and gas-dependent utility RWE AG lost money last year for the first time since 1949. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

‘Dragonfly’ attacks should alert generators to threat, experts say

A new wave of cyberattacks should be a wake-up call to U.S. electricity generators and grid operators who believe their control systems are safe from hackers, data security experts say.  More »
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Cape Wind receives major loan guarantee from feds

Cape Wind Associates LLC received a conditional $150 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy for its project off the coast of Massachusetts.  More »
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Texas oil production set to top No. 2 OPEC country

Texas now is pumping 36 percent of the nation’s oil, more than doubling its production in three years, according to new federal data.  More »
A man climbs a ladder to reach the rooftop, where solar panels are set up, in Sichanloo, a hamlet 125 miles northwest of Tehran, Iran. In this village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran, the government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes here provide both needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Oil-producing Iran looks to solar to light future (photos)

In this village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran, government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes provide both needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power.  More »
Cheniere Energy plans is adding LNG export capacity to the existing Sabine Pass import terminal in Louisiana. (Cheniere Energy Inc./Bloomberg)

Cheniere secures buyers for two Corpus Christi LNG trains

The Houston company due to be the first exporter of U.S. natural gas has lined up buyers for more than half of the supplies it plans to send overseas from its second proposed liquefaction facility in Corpus Christi.  More »
Flares like this one in North Dakota burning off excess natural gas  might be less frequent if a new company successfully develops its process for turning methane into gasoline.  (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Bakken Shale oil explorers told to cut flaring or face punishment

Energy companies that don’t curb so-called gas flaring will face limits on the amount of oil they can pump from the Bakken shale formation, the North Dakota Industrial Commission said in a statement today.  More »
Tugboats pull an LNG tanker to Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass terminal in 2008. (Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Cheniere won’t ask for billions in stock awards

Facing a shareholder lawsuit over “excessive” executive paydays, Cheniere Energy told a Delaware court last week it won’t ask investors to approve $2.2 billion in stock awards to its top brass.  More »
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