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Telsa's 2012 Model S electric sedan (Image: Tesla Motors)

Tesla has a lot riding on Model S sedan’s success

On a gleaming white factory floor in Fremont, workers buzz over freshly assembled cars that represent the future of Tesla Motors.  More »
Solar power advocate, 99 year old William Sinkin (right), is congratulated by CPS CEO Doyle Beneby, Mayor Julian Castro, and SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra following the ribbon cutting at the new 20 Mega-Watt Solar Farm named after Sinkins. The event took place Monday afternoon. Photo: Robin Jerstad/For The Express-News

CPS dedicates solar complex

CPS Energy boosted its portfolio of renewable energy Monday when it dedicated a 19.8-megawatt solar complex on land dotted with sunflowers in South Bexar County.  More »
This file picture from May 2005 shows the oil major Shell's oil and gas terminal on Bonny Island in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta. (Photo:Getty Images)

Shell says it reduced Nigeria gas flaring 60% in nine years

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), operator of Nigeria’s largest oil fields, said the flaring, or burning, of natural gas at its deposits in the West African country fell by more than 60 percent in the past nine years.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon Mobil ends shale gas exploration in Poland

ExxonMobil said it is ending its exploration for shale gas in Poland after finding insufficient amounts of gas in two exploratory wells in the country’s east.  More »
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

NRC license of nuclear plant challenged by Massachusetts

Massachusetts, in an appeal of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision to relicense Entergy Corp. (ETR)’s Pilgrim nuclear power station, asked to have the extension for the facility 40 miles south of Boston canceled pending further review.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Safety groups ask for Okla. oil, gas stand downs

State and federal safety agencies are asking Oklahoma’s oil and gas exploration and production companies to stand down and stop operations for a meeting on safety issues because of recent gas and oil field deaths and injuries.  More »
Workers assemble solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese company Suntech in the eastern city of Wuxi. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

Solar boom heads to Japan creating $9.6 billion market

Japan is poised to overtake Germany and Italy to become the world’s second-biggest market for solar power as incentives starting July 1 drive sales for equipment makers from Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. to Kyocera Corp. (6971)  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND’s railed oil capacity jumps 55 percent in June

North Dakota’ s capacity to export crude oil by rail has jumped about 55 percent in June.  More »
A fire erupted on a drilling rig at Chevron's Funiwa 1A well off the coast of Nigeria on June 16.  (Source: Chevron)

Chevron abandons problematic Nigerian well

Chevron Corp. has sealed and abandoned a well off the coast of Nigeria that burned for weeks after an apparent failure of surface equipment in January, the company announced today.  More »
The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford shale. (Photo: John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

Gulf Coast refiners will stop light, sweet crude imports

Valero CEO Bill Klese said surging crude production will eliminate the need for light, sweet crude imports by the end of 2013.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Transocean asks judge to release federal documents on Deepwater Horizon

Transocean has asked a New Orleans federal court to make public 21 documents regarding the Deepwater Horizon disaster, arguing that its claim of a confidentiality privilege are invalid, according to a recent filing.  More »
An Iranian oil worker repairs a pipe at an oil refinery in Tehran, Iran. The latest U.S. sanctions to be imposed on Iran have not only unveiled the depth of the country's economic woes, but exposed new fault lines within the government just two months before parliamentary elections that should bolster the control of the ruling clerics. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran seeks ‘ sanctions relief’ at nuclear talks

Iran became more adamant Monday that the world must ease the sanctions choking off its oil sales before it will curb activities that could be used to make nuclear arms, diplomats said. But with six world powers insisting that Tehran take the first conciliatory step, fears grew that talks in Moscow would fail.  More »