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Along Gulf Coast, a Downside to Surging Oil Production

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Houston Ship Channel - March 16, 2012,  Baytown, TX
Houston Ship Channel - March 16, 2012, Baytown, TX

Oil production along the Gulf Coast has helped cut U.S. crude imports by 20 percent since 2005. But environmentalists say the increased production isn't without drawbacks, including strain on the state's rail, pipeline and highway systems.

New Mexico Regulator To Be Regional EPA Chief

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Ron Curry, a former New Mexico environmental regulator, will become the new Dallas-based regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency. He replaces Al Armendariz, who resigned after a firestorm this spring. Environmentalists welcomed the appointment.

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 Wind Boom Threatened by Expiring Tax Credit

Texas is the country's 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 and is building expensive transmission lines to support more growth.

A solar field provides power for a water heating system and xeriscaping on a Fort Bliss Army installation.
A solar field provides power for a water heating system and xeriscaping on a Fort Bliss Army installation.

Environmental Groups: Commission Stalling on Clean Energy

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Environmental groups filed a petition on Wednesday accusing the state's Public Utility Commission of failing to meet renewable energy targets and thus depriving the state of more solar and geothermal power.

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

Electricity Concerns Persist After Pollution Ruling

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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.

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

Renewable Incentives Spark Debate at Texas Hearing

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.

Texas Sees Rising Tide of Property-Rights Cases

A Texas farmer's battle to keep the Keystone XL oil pipeline off her property is only the most visible of what some legal experts describe as a rising tide of property-rights cases across Texas. Just last week, the Texas Supreme Court decided four land-use cases — and more are likely to flood in as the energy boom continues and the population grows. 

Texas Coal Plant Scales Back Operations

Texas will lose more than 1 percent of its power supply over the winter and spring as Luminant temporarily shuts two units at its 1970s-era Monticello coal plant. The company blamed low power prices, not an environmental rule it successfully contested.

Al Armendariz: The TT Interview

In his first public interview since resigning, the former Environmental Protection Agency regional chief discusses his decision to step down after his controversial "crucify" comment surfaced, why he joined the Sierra Club and why he views climate change as the biggest environmental problem facing Texas.

In Texas, a Push to Save Power at Peak Times

A small number of Texas homeowners are signed up to help the electric grid when it is strained, by allowing their air conditioners to cycle off briefly during hot summer afternoons. It's a concept that regulators in Austin are eager to spread because it helps avoid blackouts.

UT Professor on Defensive Over Fracking Study

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Controversy over a professor's failure to disclose financial ties to a drilling company while leading an academic study has erupted at the University of Texas at Austin. The professor, Dr. Charles "Chip" Groat, has called the charges unfounded and overblown. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.