Fuel Fix

Coal at a train yard. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

Coal rebound on the future for power generation?

Natural gas matched coal as the primary fuel for U.S. power generation this year for the first time since the government started collecting data.  More »
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Josh Fox releases new short documentary on fracking

Filmmaker Josh Fox released a short documentary, dubbed “The Sky is Pink,” about the energy sector’s campaign for natural gas and criticisms about his Oscar-nominated film Gasland.  More »
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Tesoro to ship Bakken crude

Tesoro Corp. CEO Greg Goff told analysts in a conference call Thursday that the San Antonio-based refiner will increase the amount of Bakken Shale crude oil that it will ship by rail to its Anacortes, Wash., refinery by 10,000 barrels a day, up from 40,000 barrels a day.  More »
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GE pays $12.9 million as energy chief kept from rivals

General Electric Co. (GE)’s severance accord with retiring executive John Krenicki will keep him from competing with the company for three years. That may say more about his value than the $12.9 million in cash he will receive.  More »
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Israel finds $240 billion gas hoard stranded by politics

Israel, reliant on imported energy since the state’s foundation in 1948, now has more natural gas than it can handle.  More »
Oil workers at the West Qurna Phase 2 field in the Basra region of Iraq in 2010.  (AP file photo/Nabil al-Jourani)

Hyundai among 16 companies bidding for breakwater in Iraq

Hyundai Engineering & Construction (000720) is among 16 companies that bid to build a breakwater for the $6 billion first phase of the Grand Fao port in the south of Iraq, said the director general of the State Company for Iraq’s Ports.  More »
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Halliburton buys data management company

Halliburton Co. said it has acquired a company that will allow it to provide more technical data about wells and reservoirs to its customers in the energy industry.  More »
An auction sign is shown at bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 before Wednesday's auction. Solyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Report says warnings ignored in Solyndra loan

Republicans investigating the government’s investment in a bankrupt solar panel manufacturer have concluded that the Obama administration ignored numerous red flags about the company’s financial viability, leaving taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Financial probe delayed at damaged Cal nuke plant

The head of the California Public Utilities Commission recommended Thursday that the agency delay for several months an investigation into soaring costs tied to the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.  More »
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Oil rises in Asia ahead of US jobs report

Oil was higher in Asia on Friday after a 2 percent drop the day before as attention turned from an anticlimactic ECB meeting to the monthly report on U.S. hiring.  More »
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Toyota says electric RAV4 will set pace for mileage per charge

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the biggest maker of hybrid autos, said its RAV4 EV sport-utility vehicle powered by batteries and motor from Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) will go farther on a charge than major competitors’ electric models.  More »

EOG earnings jump 34% on surging oil production

Houston-based oil and gas producer EOG Resources’ earnings jumped more than a third during the second quarter, boosted by soaring production from shale plays.  More »