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Pacheco uses an amp probe to get a reading on an air conditioning system. Inspections can head off malfunctions. Photo: Gary Fountain / Copyright 2012 Gary Fountain.

Chilling for less: Efficiency can lower AC bills

As Houston’s temperatures and electric bills head for their summer heights, it may be a cool decision to take a look at home energy efficiency, even if it requires spending some cold cash.  More »
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House adopts measure to halt light-bulb efficiency law

Republicans in the U.S. House adopted a provision designed to save traditional incandescent light bulbs by blocking what one lawmaker called the “energy police” from enforcing an efficiency standard.  More »
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Honda says electric fit beat Ford Focus to top EPA range rating

Honda Motor Co. (7267) said U.S. government tests of its electric Fit hatchback show the car’s battery range exceeds that of competing rechargeable models including Nissan Motor Co. (7201)’s Leaf and Ford Motor Co. (F)’s electric Focus small car.  More »
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Syrian oil pipeline hit by explosion

Gunmen blew up a crude-oil pipeline in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Arab News Agency reported, citing Oil Ministry officials.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Lawmakers dedicate oil spill fines to La. coast

Fine and penalty money the state receives because of the Gulf Coast oil spill will be earmarked to Louisiana’s coastal protection fund, under a bill that received final legislative passage.  More »
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Chesapeake said to discuss $4 billion pipeline sale

Chesapeake is discussing selling all of its interests in Chesapeake Midstream Partners.  More »
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Nabors shareholders approve director proposal

Columnist Loren Steffy details today’s vote by Nabors Industries shareholders today in favor of a proposal that could give them more latitude in nominating candidates for the drilling contractor’s board.  More »
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Judge considers delaying Chesapeake annual meeting

An attorney said a shareholders’ meeting scheduled for Friday should be put off to give Chesapeake Energy Corp. more time to provide shareholders with the information they need to determine whether the company’s board of directors has been doing its job.  More »
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US says trucks hauling sand subject to hours limit

ruck drivers hauling water and sand to U.S. oil and natural gas shale wells can’t extend their daily on-duty hours by using an exemption targeted for special oil- field service equipment, the government said.  More »
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Tax credit needs to keep jobs, wind power execs say

he production tax credit, the primary cost-saving policy for the industry, expires at the end of the year and the executives said their companies are already feeling the effects.  More »
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Oil price rises again as investors track Europe

The small gains over the past two days came after the price fell more than 8 percent last week as gloomy economic data from the U.S., China and Europe raised questions about the strength of demand for oil and other energy-related products.  More »

Report: Electric bills rising, renewables slowing down

Despite falling natural gas prices, electricity bills are rising, driven by new regulations and smart grid installations, according to a report by consulting firm Black & Veatch.  More »