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Solar industry reports record growth in 2012

The U.S. solar industry had record growth in 2012, according to a report released Thursday.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Refining lobbyists highlight concerns ahead of new sulfur limits

As the Obama administration prepares to unveil a plan to slash smog-forming sulfur emissions from gasoline, oil industry lobbyists are making a final push against the measure.  More »
(Buster Dean/Houston Chronicle)

US projects OPEC oil decline in 2013

The Energy Information Administration forecasts that OPEC will cut its crude production this year by 600,000 barrels per day, signaling an increase in world surplus production capacity.  More »

Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar appears during a news conference in Boston for the Cape Wind offshore project in 2011. (Charles Krupa/AP file photo)

Salazar: Fracturing chemicals should be disclosed

He called California’s renewable energy development “the most robust renewable energy program probably in the history of the world.”  More »
Mexican lawmakers have passed legislation that will end a 75-year state monopoly on the energy industry.

Natural gas exports to Mexico jump 24 percent

Amid a noisy debate over shipping U.S. natural gas to Europe and Asia, exports to Mexico climbed 24 percent in 2012.  More »
Joy Demark says she's saved in the neighborhood of $20 a month on her electricity bill by changing her habits. She says, for example, that she now runs her dishwasher only a few times a week, when it's stuffed. (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

IBM helps CenterPoint meters get smarter

Call CenterPoint Energy to complain about service outages in your neighborhood within the next few months, and the call center may have an explanation before you even get started.  More »

OPEC short-term output could rise on refining demand, analyst says

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries could increase oil production by 850,000 barrels a day from April to June, Morgan Stanley said in the report published Thursday.  More »
(Ken Childress/Rosetta Resources)

U.S. oil output rises to highest level since July 1992

U.S. oil production last week rose to the highest level since July 1992, buoyed by increased drilling in oilfields including North Dakota’s Bakken shale and the Eagle Ford in Texas.  More »
( Kevin Fujii / Chronicle )

Analysis puts price of oil tax plan at up to $1.3B

A Senate proposal to overhaul Alaska’s oil tax structure could cost the state up to $1.3 billion next year, hundreds of millions more than plans put forth by Gov. Sean Parnell and a different Senate committee, according to an analysis released Wednesday.  More »
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

N.Y. farmers oppose compulsory drilling law

At least 39 states have laws that allow some form of so-called compulsory integration, which forces landowners to sell oil and gas beneath their property. In New York, residents who oppose hydraulic fracturing are asking the state to do away with the law.  More »
President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gestures as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

Obama: Keystone XL pipeline not major jobs creator

Jobs numbers and other benefits touted by supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline are probably exaggerated, President Barack Obama told House Republicans on Wednesday, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door meeting.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Study: Oil industry economic impact pegged at $30B

The economic impact of North Dakota’s oil industry has increased nearly sevenfold between 2005 and 2011, from $4.4 billion to $30.4 billion, according to a study from North Dakota State University.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water as the sky is reflected in sheen on Barataria Bay, off the coast of Louisiana, in this June, 7, 2010 file photo. A high-stakes trial to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the spill began Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Plaintiffs’ lawyer resigns amid BP oil spill trial

A Texas lawyer has resigned from the team of plaintiffs’ attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC and are facing the company at trial over the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
A fire still burns after a tugboat and barge hit a gas pipeline yesterday evening in Perot Bay in Lafourche Parish, La., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

La. pipeline blaze could burn until Thursday

A fire raging in a coastal Louisiana bayou, where a tugboat pushing an oil barge struck a gas pipeline, appeared to have diminished Wednesday night, but is far from extinguished, the Coast Guard said.  More »
Chevron CEO John Watson (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Chevron battles activist shareholders

Chevron has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission for permission to block two shareholder proposals dealing with a long-running, $19 billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador.  More »