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First Solar buys Solar Chile for undisclosed sum

Solar panel maker First Solar has purchased Chilean solar development company Solar Chile as energy demand continues to rise in the region.  More »
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Opinion: Why Venezuela and Chavez are big players in the energy sector

With the rapid deterioration in the health of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, it seems a pertinent time to look at why Venezuela and Chavez play such an integral role in the global energy market.  More »
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Tesoro will convert Hawaii refinery to a terminal

Tesoro is converting its Kapolei Refinery in Hawaii into a terminal, then will put it up for sale.  More »
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The South Texas Project nuclear power plant near Bay City can generate 2,700 megawatts of electricity.(John Davenport / San Antonio Express-News)

Brief fire prompts shutdown of reactor at Bay City nuke plant

One of the South Texas Project’s nuclear reactors was shut down after a transformer fire Tuesday, but the reactor was not damaged, a plant spokesman said.  More »
A drilling rig stands over a natural gas well near Interstate 70 west of Rifle, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Deloitte report boosts natural gas exports

A study concludes that U.S. natural gas prices would rise about 15 cents per million British thermal units by 2030 if exports are allowed.  More »
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US agency investigating after oil tanker hits bridge

Monday’s crash of the Overseas Reymar into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been classified as a “major marine casualty.” No oil leaks were reported.  More »
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Oil production to grow at fastest rate ever

With rising crude production, gasoline prices are expected to drop from $3.63 per gallon of regular in 2012 to $3.34 in 2014, according to the federal projections.  More »

Tradition Midstream moves into U.S. shale fields

Tradition Midstream LLC said it has secured $100 million in equity financing to develop midstream assets in shale plays across North America.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns off the coast of Louisiana on April 21, 2010.  (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Transocean to be arraigned on criminal charge in Gulf disaster

Transocean will be arraigned Wednesday before a federal judge in New Orleans on a misdemeanor criminal charge stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »
A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Pennsylvania lawmakers make case for LNG exports

Pennsylvania state lawmakers eager to support natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation are pleading with the Obama administration to fast-track industry requests to widely export the fossil fuel.  More »
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

Steffy: Chesapeake gives shareholders more say, CEO less pay

The board of Chesapeake Energy offered a stinging referendum on the leadership of chief executive Aubrey McClendon, embracing sweeping governance changes and slashing executive and director pay.  More »
An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Colo. oil, gas panel OKs groundwater sampling rule

Colorado oil and natural gas regulators approved rules making the state the first to require energy companies to do groundwater sampling both before and after they drill.  More »