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(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Renewable power generation grew 7 percent in Texas last year

Electric generation from renewable sources increased 7 percent in 2012 in Texas, according to the latest figures from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.  More »
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Chevron says shale to help make Argentina energy independent

Chevron Corp. (CVX), the second-biggest U.S. oil company, said it’s preparing an investment that will help make the country energy independent by developing what could be the world’s second-largest shale oil reservoir.  More »
Stephen Harper

Canada PM on pipeline plan: Oil to come anyway

A controversial oil pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast “absolutely needs to go ahead,” Canada’s prime minister said Thursday, and he warned that the oil will be transported through America one way or another.  More »
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A worker abseils down the 180-foot drilling derrick on the Jack Ryan drillship offshore Angola. (Photo: BP)

Africa’s strongest crane gets to grips with Angola oil projects

Workers in Angola are completing construction of the strongest crane in Africa that will be used at offshore projects for Chevron Corp. (CVX), Total SA (FP), and SBM Offshore NV. (SBMO)  More »
Crewmen lower a pipe for TransCanada's Keystone XL project into the ground in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Third U.S. House committee approves Keystone XL pipeline

The House Transportation Committee approved a measure that would allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline without action by President Barack Obama, the third panel to push the pipeline bill this year.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Shale drilling boosts Ohio gas and oil output

Officials say drilling in Ohio’s Utica shale region nearly doubled the output of oil and natural gas there since 2011.  More »
Dow Chemical Company site in St. Charles, Louisiana. (Dow Chemical Company)

Dow to appeal $1.2 billion damages order

Dow lost a class-action lawsuit that accused it of conspiring to fix prices.  More »
Stephen Harper

Canada prime minister warns against Keystone XL rejection

Canada’s prime minister says a controversial oil pipeline from his country to the U.S. Gulf Coast “absolutely needs to go ahead” and warns that the oil will be transported through one way or the other.  More »
G. Steven Farris, chairman and chief executive officer of Apache Corp. (Emily Pickrell / Houston Chronicle )

Apache investors reject executive pay raise in advisory vote

Apache shareholders voted down a proposal to raise executive pay during a shareholders meeting on Thursday in Houston, a visible rebuke to top management for the sagging stock price and concerns about investment in Egypt.  More »
Ernest Moniz, the new energy secretary, looks on as President Barack Obama announces three cabinet-level nominations at the White House March 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Senate confirms physicist Moniz as energy chief

The Senate has unanimously confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Energy Department.  More »
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Feds make concessions to oil industry in new hydraulic fracturing rule

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new plan to tighten standards for drilling on public lands and force companies to reveal the chemicals they use in the process, after making significant concessions to the oil industry.  More »
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Electricity, energy costs hike consumer prices

Energy costs rose 2.3 percent in March and April, largely because of an 8.2 percent jump in the cost of electricity, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.  More »
General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, speaks  at the IHS CERAWeek Thursday,  March 8, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.  (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

New group seeks to protect power grid from cyberattacks

A group of regulatory and intelligence experts that includes a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday they have launched a new effort to focus on computer security solutions facing energy companies and the government.  More »
Exxon Mobil's Baytown chemical facility (Exxon Mobil)

Strike called off after Exxon makes safety changes

Exxon Mobil Corp. has averted a strike at its Baytown refinery, one of the world’s largest sources of gasoline and diesel fuels, after a union there ratified a new agreement with the oil giant.  More »
(Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

New Eagle Ford rail park coming to Bexar County

There’s another new rail park opening in southern Bexar County – part of a railroad boom that’s chasing surging oil and gas production in the Eagle Ford Shale region.  More »