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Texas has long been a leader in the nation's energy industry. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Texas is the largest petroleum refiner in the U.S., and produces more than three times the natural gas than any other state. The Comptroller's Office reports tax revenues from energy production and use, particularly oil and gas, have ...

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Texas' Isolated Electric Grid Could Add Outside Ties

ETT Variable Frequency Transformer in Laredo.
ETT Variable Frequency Transformer in Laredo.

Texas' electric grid prefers to stay isolated from the rest of the nation to keep federal regulation at bay. But during a crisis, Texas leans on the few links that connect it electrically to the outside world. And experts say that closer ties with other grids could be in the state's future, even when no crisis is brewing.

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.

Obama to Talk Energy in Oklahoma This Week

CNN has  reported that when President Obama speaks Thursday in Cushing, Okla., he will "fast-track" the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. What this means remains unclear, but the pipeline needs federal permits.

U. of Houston Creates Major Fund to Attract Key Faculty

University of Houston President Renu Khator is setting aside $30 million to bring in 60 new faculty members over the next two years, all of them in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The hope is that the effort will go a long way in lifting the prestige and global competitiveness of the university, as well as help Houston meet its workforce needs.

The Conoco Phillips Sweeny refinery in Old Ocean on February 21, 2012 along Texas 35.
The Conoco Phillips Sweeny refinery in Old Ocean on February 21, 2012 along Texas 35.

Texas Drought Sparked Water Worries for Industry

ConocoPhillips and Formosa Plastics were among companies that needed to acquire more water for their plants at the height of the drought. Recent rains have eased the crisis, but for Texas industry, this may portend a future of conservation and higher water prices.

The energy company NRG aims to capture and bury harmful emissions from burning coal at a Houston plant.
The energy company NRG aims to capture and bury harmful emissions from burning coal at a Houston plant.

In Texas, Repurposing Pollution to Pump for Oil

Texas leads the nation in making and using electricity, which also makes it the nation's top polluter. But as Dave Fehling of StateImpact Texas and KUHF reports, the state's biggest power plant has found a surprising use for some of that pollution: drilling for oil. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

In Texas, Ambivalence Over Wind Tax Credit Extension

Texas is by far the top-ranked state for wind power production. But the looming expiration of a federal tax credit jeopardizes the boom. Texas' congressional delegation does not appear to be clamoring loudly to save it, in contrast with wind-friendly states like Iowa and Colorado, where extending the credit has vocal bipartisan support.

Texas Group Decries "Avalanche" of EPA Rules

The conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on Monday renewed its criticism of the Environmental Protection Agency as it released a report citing an "avalanche" of forthcoming rules on air pollution. Environmentalists acknowledge the air in Texas has been getting cleaner, but say things still have far to go.

Opponents have collected almost 6,000 signatures against the project.
Opponents have collected almost 6,000 signatures against the project.

Maverick County Residents Fight Mexican Mining Operation

Coal may have fallen out of favor in the U.S., but it's still big business in Mexico, as residents of Maverick County have found out. Mose Buchele of KUT News reports on an effort on the Texas border to fight a mining operation that would bring coal to Mexican power plants. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Trailers housing drill workers line a city park in Gonzales.
Trailers housing drill workers line a city park in Gonzales.

New Wave of Drilling Transforming Parts of South Texas

Hydraulic fracturing has moved into parts of rural South Texas once known for their poultry and cattle industries, bringing new jobs and tax revenue. But as Dave Fehling of StateImpact Texas reports, drilling has also saddled cities with new concerns about infrastructure and the environment. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.