Chron Energy Items: 04.04.08

A few of the energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on today:
Study: Wind power to Texas cities may cost up to $6 billion: Hooking up the state’s largest cities to rapidly expanding wind power projects in West Texas could cost as much as $6.3 billion in the coming years, the state’s grid operator says.
Some sidestepping in the Skilling dance: Loren Steffy — The courtroom was packed, and yet there was a lingering absence. This was no place for shareholders.. Some sidestepping in the Skilling dance .
Shell Deer Park wins $883 billion military fuel contract: Bloomberg News — Shell Oil won an $882.8 million contract to sell jet fuel to the U.S. military over the next year from its Deer Park refinery.
ConocoPhillips sees refining margins squeezed: Associated Press — ConocoPhillips warned today that higher crude prices significantly squeezed refining margins in the first quarter.
Venezuela seeks to boost tax on oil profits: Associated Press — Venezuela moved to take a greater cut from high oil prices on Thursday when the legislature gave initial approval to a bill setting taxes as high as 60 percent on profits from increases in crude prices.
Briefs: Valero to settle pollution dispute, BP oil discovery off Louisiana.