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The slump in renewable energy shares is ending as bidders from China and South Korea signaled interest in German solar manufacturer Q-Cells SE and A123 Systems Inc., a U.S. maker of batteries for electric cars. Jeffrey Sauger/Bloomberg

Renewables rout ends as Asian bidders seek Q-Cells, A123

The slump in renewable energy shares is ending as bidders from China and South Korea signaled interest in German solar manufacturer Q-Cells SE (QCE) and A123 Systems Inc. (AONE), a U.S. maker of batteries for electric cars.  More »
A soft coral species taken from the Chukchi Sea near an area where Shell plans exploratory drilling. The coral was documented by Greenpeace activists and scientists in the area. (Photo: Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace)

Groups call for study of Arctic Ocean corals

Two environmental groups say cold-water corals discovered near a proposed Shell Oil drilling site in the Chukchi Sea deserve additional review, but the company contends they have been studied and are not threatened.  More »
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Pemex struggles to stop spike in petroleum theft

The pilfering of Mexico’s petroleum wealth by criminal gangs and their cronies inside the energy industry continues to spike despite years of effort and many millions of dollars spent to curtail it.  More »
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Schlumberger’s patents infringed, jury says

A Houston-based technology company violated four patents for geological analysis that were owned by oil field services giant Schlumberger, a federal jury found Thursday.  More »
Area residents line up outside the injury attorney offices of R. Nicholas Haney in Richmond, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, to pick up a claim form in response to the Chevron refinery fire that impacted the community. Investigators are waiting for access to the charred crude oil unit of a Chevron refinery where a fire sent a towering plume of black smoke into San Francisco Bay area skies and pushed gas prices higher along the West Coast. Hundreds of people went to hospitals with respiratory issues during the fire at the Richmond refinery that produces 16 percent of the region's daily gasoline supply. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Laura A. Oda) MANDATORY CREDIT

People affected by refinery fire sue Chevron

Chevron Corp. is being sued over a California refinery fire that sent thousands of people to hospitals and contributed to higher gasoline prices on the West Coast.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Natural gas continues cutting into coal demand

Cheap natural gas has been increasingly displacing coal for electricity production during the year and appears to be continuing that trend, according to data from the U. S. Energy Information Administration and Simmons & Company International.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Feds put contractors on notice: Violate offshore regs & you’ll face fines too

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement today affirmed that it will not back down from a year-old plan to punish oil field service firms, rig suppliers and other contractors for running afoul of offshore drilling rules. In a policy document released this morning, the agency laid out its plans for policing offshore contractors — not just oil companies — for those violations.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Houston prices continue their steady rise as Labor Day nears

Gasoline prices are continuing their slow slog to $4, but analysts say there is some hope on the way.  More »
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Column: China and its North American energy ambitions

There has been an almost surgical focus by China on foreign acquisitions in the energy space, taken one giant step further by the acquisition of NEXEN by CNOOC (nope, that’s not code, I promise).  More »
An engineer walks past heat exchangers at the Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum  Reserve site near Freeport, Texas. (Photo:Sharon Steinmann/Houston Chronicle)

Two energy jobs could be your ticket to earning $1 million

A career as a lawyer or a doctor might be one way to a $1 million salary, but it isn’t the only way.  More »
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Chevron’s safety record hit by accidents

Within the oil industry, Chevron Corp. has long enjoyed a reputation for safety.  More »
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No surprise: Lower power rates cheer customers

Lower electricity rates have made Texans happier with their providers than they have been over the last five years, according to a study released Wednesday by J.D. Power and Associates.  More »