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Electricity transmission lines in Houston.
Electricity transmission lines in Houston.

As Temperatures Soar, State Weighs Risks of Rolling Blackouts

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This week's 100-degree weather across the state has raised important questions about how often Texas would need to force rolling blackouts to keep pace with demand. For the state, it mostly comes down how much power it has in its reserves — and how much it's willing to spend for it. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas, a Tribune content partner.

Heat in Texas Will Spark New Battles

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As summer begins, the spotlight will be on the dunes sagebrush lizard (will it get an endangered listing or not?), former EPA regional head Al Armendariz (who's testifying in Washington) — and, of course, the perpetual question of whether the electric grid has enough juice.

Al Armendariz, the former head of the EPA's Region 6, cancelled his plan to testify before a U.S. House committee on June 6, 2012.
Al Armendariz, the former head of the EPA's Region 6, cancelled his plan to testify before a U.S. House committee on June 6, 2012.

EPA, Armendariz Blasted at House Hearing

At a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday, Congressional Republicans heaped criticism on the Environmental Protection Agency and its former regional head, Al Armendariz, who resigned this spring after controversial comments surfaced comparing efforts to pursue oil and gas violators to "crucifixion."

Michael Burgess: The TT Interview

The Republican congressman from Lewisville on his objections to a law setting higher efficiency standards for lightbulbs and how he intends to stop the Department of Energy from enforcing the standards. "It’s the government exercising power nobody ever intended to give them in the first place," he says.

Report Raises Concerns About Texas' Electricity Supply

Texas' power-grid operator released a report that forecasts that in 10 years, demand for electricity in Texas will outstrip the state's capacity to generate it. Demand for electricity rises with growth in population and the economy. Even with the addition of new energy sources, supply cannot keep up with the increasing demand.

Meter on a home in Houston, TX
Meter on a home in Houston, TX

Higher Electricity Prices at Center of Energy Debate

With the arrival of higher temperatures now boosting energy demand in the state, higher electricity prices aren't likely to prove popular with Texans. But as Dave Fehling of KUHF News reports for StateImpact Texas, some say that's the only way to avoid rolling blackouts. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Gas flare in La Porte, Tx, March 15th, 2012
Gas flare in La Porte, Tx, March 15th, 2012

Increase in "Flaring" Tied to Pipeline Shortages

With oil production on the rise in Texas, drilling companies are increasingly burning off the natural gas that surfaces with the oil, because they can't get pipelines in place fast enough to transport it. But the process — called "flaring" — is raising concerns among environmentalists, who say it releases nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and other emissions with public health risks into the atmosphere.

Rooftop solar panels on Ft. Bliss Army installation on April 23, 2012
Rooftop solar panels on Ft. Bliss Army installation on April 23, 2012

Texas Army Bases Go Green, but Challenges Remain

Fort Bliss has launched a massive effort to cut its net energy and water usage and reduce waste as part of a military-wide focus on self-sufficiency. Fort Hood is also working to go greener, with solar panels and an increased emphasis on recycling. But high upfront costs pose challenges to both bases.

Pat Wood: The TT Interview

The former chairman of the Public Utility Commission, a Port Arthur native, discusses the reasons behind the long-term power crunch in Texas (including whether deregulation had anything to do with it), his role in the wind boom and the future of solar power.

David Daniel doesn't want the Keystone XL pipeline to cross his land
David Daniel doesn't want the Keystone XL pipeline to cross his land

Amid Din of Pipeline Debate, a Quieter Fight Over Property Rights

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In part three of a four-part series on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Terrence Henry of StateImpact Texas, in partnership with StateImpact Oklahoma, reports on the fight over property rights, which has spurred some Texas landowners to take the company building the pipeline to court. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.
Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.

In Keystone Fight, a Debate Over the Risks of Crude Oil

In part two of a four-part series on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Dave Fehling of StateImpact Texas, in partnership with StateImpact Oklahoma, reports on the fight over the risks of crude oil, which supporters of the pipeline say presents no unique threat. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

National Parks Are Focus of Planned Haze Rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out nationwide rules aimed at improving air quality above national parks like Big Bend by focusing on industrial plants. In a twist, the plan's final form may hinge partly on the fate of a different rule — the hot-button cross-state air pollution rule — which is being argued Friday in a federal court.