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Valero CEO Bill Klesse speaks during a panel discussion at CERAWeek 2010 at Hilton Americas Hotel Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Chronicle )

Valero CEO to step down

Valero Energy Corp. announced Monday that Bill Klesse, 67, has chosen to step down as CEO effective May 1. Klesse will remain a director and chairman of the board of Valero, the world’s largest independent refiner  More »
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Russian energy minister cancels Houston visit amid Ukrainian crisis

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has canceled plans to speak at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on Tuesday, as tensions in the Ukraine heat up.  More »
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Jury to weigh billion-dollar pipeline case

A dozen jurors start Monday deliberating the billion-dollar dispute among three giant oil and gas companies over a joint effort to build a pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast.  More »
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Chisom Anyanwu, 15 (left) and Blake Gomez, 14 (right) work on a project about Laos at the Energy Institute High School in Houston. It is the first high school in the nation to focus on careers in oil, gas and other energy sources and technologies. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)

Houston’s Energy Institute thrives in inaugural year

Houston school district leaders are confident the Energy Institute — the first high school in the nation to focus on careers in oil, gas and other energy sources and technologies — will join the ranks of the city’s elite high schools and fill a crucial gap in training Houston’s energy workforce.  More »
Windmills catch the breeze on Stetson Mountain, in Range 8, Township 3, Maine. Gov. Paul LePage is proposing, in the 2014 legislative session, to eliminate the wind energy generation goals in Maine law, which the administration says are unrealistic and must be strengthened to ensure.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine governor seeks to get rid of wind energy goals

More than five years ago, Maine set ambitious goals to spur wind power development aimed at helping wean the state off fossil fuels. But now Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the targets don’t really help the state and are so far out of reach as to be meaningless.  More »

Natural gas advances a second day on frigid start to March

Natural gas advanced for a second day in New York on speculation that a frigid start to March will erode stockpiles of the heating fuel that already are at 10-year seasonal lows.  More »
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Grid operator asks for conservation as cold grips state

The state’s grid operator is asking electric customers to conserve power as more cold moves through Texas and heating demand rises.  More »
A cow grazes in front of wind turbines in La Ventosa, Mexico. (AP Photo/Luis Cruz Hernandez)

Mexico energy overhaul could renew interest in green power

Electricity from renewable sources could be headed for big growth in Mexico under policy initiatives that are shaking up the nation’s energy sector.  More »
(Photo: Drew from Zhrodague/Flickr)

Missouri rule on track to hike ethanol blend in gasoline

A proposed rule allowing the sale of gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol blend has been on hold since last October when it was temporarily blocked by a Missouri legislative committee.  More »
A new oil well operates on the outskirts of Parshall, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

Hundreds propose places to protect from drilling

The North Dakota Industrial Commission received more than 500 comments from the public on a proposal for places deemed worthy of special protection from energy development.  More »
Ambassador Kåre Aas says that of places in the United States, "Houston is the main center for Norwegian commercial activities." (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Q&A: Norway’s new ambassador makes early stop in Houston

In an interview with FuelFix, the new ambassador discusses Norway’s interests in Houston and the fund that Norway created for investing its oil wealth.  More »
Attendees arrive at the CERAWeek 2013 energy conference in Houston. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

IHS CERAweek draws energy luminaries to Houston summit

Tempered growth in major emerging economies will loom over a massive energy symposium this week when industry power brokers assemble in Houston to analyze rising competition and geopolitical threats to global markets.  More »