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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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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.

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.

EPA vs. Texas: The Cross-State Rule

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In the month ahead, the cross-state air pollution rule will get its day in court, and as summer approaches, debate will continue over the capacity of the Texas electric grid and how to incentivize construction of more power plants.

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

Texas' Isolated Electric Grid Could Add Outside Ties

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.