Kate Galbraith Reporter

Kate Galbraith has covered energy and environment for the Tribune since 2010. Previously she reported on clean energy for The New York Times from 2008 to 2009, serving as the lead writer for the Times' Green blog. She began her career at The Economist in 2000 and spent 2005 to 2007 in Austin as the magazine's Southwest correspondent. A Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University from 2007 to 2008, she has an undergraduate degree in English from Harvard and a master's degree from the London School of Economics. She is co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush, a book about how the oil and gas state won the race to wind power.

Recent Contributions

Texas Parks, Towns Embrace Dark Sky Movement

Casa Grande from Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park, Texas - Feb. 25, 2012
Casa Grande from Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park, Texas - Feb. 25, 2012

In West Texas, the dry desert air makes for bright stars. But light pollution remains a problem as fast-growing cities, plus a distaste for regulation, mean that light diffuses into the night sky. A few towns in West Texas and the Hill Country are trying to change that.

Despite Rain, West Texas Water Woes Continue

Once finished, this pipeline will be able to supply supplementary water from the Hickory Aquifer for San Angelo in 2013.
Once finished, this pipeline will be able to supply supplementary water from the Hickory Aquifer for San Angelo in 2013.

Despite the recent deluge, the drought in West Texas is not over, and experts say the perennially dry region must plan carefully for the future. Pressure is also growing on the Legislature to address the problem next year.

Texas Wind Boom Threatened by Expiring Tax Credit

Stacks of huge blades, destined to go to wind farms in the United States, arrive at the Port of Houston docks on Sept. 6, 2012.
Stacks of huge blades, destined to go to wind farms in the United States, arrive at the Port of Houston docks on Sept. 6, 2012.

Texas is the top wind power state, but the expiration of a key tax credit at the end of this year could significantly impact the state, which contains about a fifth of the nation’s turbines.

Electricity Concerns Persist After Pollution Ruling

Electricity transmission lines in Houston.
Electricity transmission lines in Houston.
Texas Weekly

With temperatures projected to soar during the final days of August, the state of the Texas electric grid will once again be on policymakers’ minds — though some reliability concerns may be eased since a federal court struck down an EPA rule that could have affected coal plants.

Renewable Incentives Spark Debate at Texas Hearing

Merkel, Texas October 3, 2006: Dedication of the Buffalo Gap Wind Farm, a project of AES Energy in Nolan County, TX
Merkel, Texas October 3, 2006: Dedication of the Buffalo Gap Wind Farm, a project of AES Energy in Nolan County, TX

At a Senate hearing on Thursday, Texas Public Utility chairwoman Donna Nelson sharply criticized renewable energy incentives, saying that they are “one of the primary causes” of the current strains on the state power grid.