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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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Giant Algae Tubes Could Provide New Biofuel Solution

The AlgaEternal Facility located on the University of Texas Pickle Research Campus with Chief Scientist Michael Jochum.
The AlgaEternal Facility located on the University of Texas Pickle Research Campus with Chief Scientist Michael Jochum.

For decades, scientists have been trying to find ways to mass-produce algae as a source of fuel for vehicles, but financial and environmental roadblocks have gotten in the way. The solution may be inside giant tubes at the University of Texas laboratory, where scientists and businesses are growing thousands of gallons of the tiny organisms.

Residents in the Mueller development area shows up to check out the Chevy Volt which is powered by electricity, on 27th September 2011.
Residents in the Mueller development area shows up to check out the Chevy Volt which is powered by electricity, on 27th September 2011.

A Texas Smart-Grid Project Advances

An Austin smart-grid project known as Pecan Street is continuing its roll-out with an announcement on Friday that a handful of major companies, including Whirlpool, Best Buy and Chevrolet, will test new-age products on the grid. 

Trevor Lovell speaks to the public about the XL pipeline on 24th September 2011.
Trevor Lovell speaks to the public about the XL pipeline on 24th September 2011.

Debate Intensifies Over Controversial Oil Pipeline

As the U.S. State Department convenes hearings in Texas this week on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring tar sands crude from Canada to Texas, environmentalists are revving up their opposition.

Chairman Donna L. Nelson - Public Utility Commission of Texas
Chairman Donna L. Nelson - Public Utility Commission of Texas

Donna Nelson: The TT Interview

The chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission on how close Texas came to rolling blackouts this summer, what consumers can expect to pay as wind-power transmission expands, and how the historic drought affects the reliability of the power grid. 

Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.
Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.

"Risks of Outages" Under EPA Rule, Texas Report Warns

The Environmental Protection Agency said Texas "has an ample range" of ways to comply with an impending pollution rule, after the state grid operator reported this morning that the rule would badly strain the electric system.

Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.
Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.

Drought Damages Texas Infrastructure

In West Texas, the main concern is water. In cities like Houston and Fort Worth, clay soil is drying up because of the blistering summer heat, bursting water pipelines and splitting asphalt roads. Across Texas, the cause of these spiraling problems is the same: a nine-month drought that shows no signs of relenting.

Aluminum tape covers the sensors being tested on a wind turbine in Bushland, Texas.
Aluminum tape covers the sensors being tested on a wind turbine in Bushland, Texas.

End of an Era for Panhandle Wind Program

As the Department of Agriculture focuses on biofuels, it is pulling out of wind and solar research. For the tiny Panhandle hamlet of Bushland, this means the end of a wind program that has operated for 35 years.

Two new reactors, shown at the upper left-hand corner of this artist's rendering, could be added to the Comanche Peak nuclear plant in Somervell County. Exelon is considering building a nuclear plant in Victoria County.
Two new reactors, shown at the upper left-hand corner of this artist's rendering, could be added to the Comanche Peak nuclear plant in Somervell County. Exelon is considering building a nuclear plant in Victoria County.

More Studies Approved for Proposed Nuclear Plant Site

Federal regulators have determined that safety and environmental claims need to be investigated more thoroughly before a site in Victoria County can be declared suitable for a potential nuclear power plant.

Director of Local Development Rikki Stanley at the site where White Stallion will build a coal fired power plant on the Colorado River near Bay City, Texas Monday, June 13, 2011.
Director of Local Development Rikki Stanley at the site where White Stallion will build a coal fired power plant on the Colorado River near Bay City, Texas Monday, June 13, 2011.

Audio: Water Needs of Proposed Coal Plant Spark Debate

Plans to build a coal plant called the White Stallion Energy Center near Bay City have stirred controversy, as residents near and far worry about air pollution and the huge amounts of water needed to operate the plant.

Robert Malina and Eva Malina have an anti coal sign at the entrance to their property and home near Bay City, Texas Monday, June 13, 2011 which is within sight of the planned White Stallion coal-fired power plant on the Colorado River.
Robert Malina and Eva Malina have an anti coal sign at the entrance to their property and home near Bay City, Texas Monday, June 13, 2011 which is within sight of the planned White Stallion coal-fired power plant on the Colorado River.

Proposed Coal Plant's Water Plan Stirs Debate

Plans to build a coal plant called the White Stallion Energy Center near Bay City have stirred considerable controversy, as residents near and far worry about air pollution and the huge amounts of water needed to operate the plant.

Rikki Stanley, director of local development for the White Stallion Energy Center, shows a chunk of the type of coal that the coal plant plans to burn.
Rikki Stanley, director of local development for the White Stallion Energy Center, shows a chunk of the type of coal that the coal plant plans to burn.

Water Deal for Texas Coal Plant Postponed

In a victory for environmental groups, the L.C.R.A. board decided to delay the decision on whether to grant a large water contract to the proposed White Stallion coal plant near Bay City.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/30/11

Aaronson and Grissom on a freshman lawmaker who didn't mind making waves, Aguilar on E-Verify's new lease on life, Galbraith on the state's plodding progress toward solar power, Hamilton on Warren Chisum's exit, Philpott on the remapping of Lloyd Doggett's district, Ramsey on a proposed change to ethics laws for Texas pols, Ramshaw on efforts by the state to take control of Medicaid and Medicare, Root on why a Rick presidential bid shouldn't be underestimated, M. Smith on the unraveling of school finance legislation and Tan and Dehn on the highs and lows of the 82nd legislative session: The best of our best content from May 30 to June 3, 2011.

A number of homes an Austin's Mueller development have added solar panels, thanks to hefty local and federal incentives.
A number of homes an Austin's Mueller development have added solar panels, thanks to hefty local and federal incentives.

With Little Help, Texas' Solar Use Grows — Slowly

Renewable energy companies are looking to this big, sunny state as the next frontier for solar power. But solar is expensive, and once again the Legislature did not pass a statewide solar incentive. Some companies and communities are forging ahead nonetheless.

A worker untangles a hose at a Fountain Quail water management and treatment facility in Roanoake, Texas. Fountain Quail cleans and separates water used in fracking for natural gas removal.
A worker untangles a hose at a Fountain Quail water management and treatment facility in Roanoake, Texas. Fountain Quail cleans and separates water used in fracking for natural gas removal.

Texas Senate Approves Fracking Disclosure Bill

After a lengthy discussion, the Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would require drilling companies using hydraulic fracturing techniques to disclose on a public website the chemicals they use in the process.