Energy Technology

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    May 22, 2014
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    April 11, 2014

    Texas Might Avoid Blackouts and Brownouts This Summer

    Game of Thrones people like to talk about how "winter is coming" but around here, we all know summer is what you have to be worried about. It's the time when air conditioning is essential, and also the time when a blackout or brownout may see you AC-less. The rolling blackouts and brownouts have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Nebraska Judge's Ruling Keeps Keystone Decision Dragging On

    For about two seconds it looked like President Obama was finally going to have to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The State Department report had been issued and there just wasn't any other way to delay a final, clear-cut yes or no from the White House. But then a Nebraska judge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Stephen Hawking and George Mitchell Totally Wheelchair Raced

    As the tributes and memorials keep pouring out for George P. Mitchell, father of fracking, savior of Galveston and creator of the Woodlands, it seems pretty clear that he was a pretty cool dude. In fact, Mitchell was cool enough that he and famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking were buddies w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Chase May Get Nailed With $500 Million Settlement For Dodgy Energy Trading

    Some records were made to be broken. Whether it's the most home runs in a season, building the world's tallest skyscraper, or serving the world's best cup of coffee -- these are all records people are aiming to bust right through. However, it's unlikely the Houston energy traders working for JP Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    The Supremes Want to Hear About Cross-State Air Pollution (Texas Still Doesn't)

    The Supreme Court is all finished with the rulings for this session, but the high court is already looking ahead to the next session, and they're about to take a look at air, as in air pollution. In July 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, requir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Texas Shale Puts U.S. Back on Top in Oil Producing

    Once upon a time, way back when, the United States was at the top of the oil-production food chain, because, basically, you could poke a hole in the ground seemingly just about anywhere and the black gold would come bubbling up. (Seriously, that's basically what happened when they dug down 1,139 fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Tribal Chiefs Walk Out of Keystone Talks, Demand Presidential Meeting

    If you're the leader of a sovereign nation meeting with another sovereign nation to discuss a pipeline that will tote thick, sticky tar sands oil through your land if the project is approved, you might be just a little put out when the head of the other nation doesn't make time to sit down and talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    As Texas's Drought Continues, Opportunities at Conservation Finally Find Discussion

    The rain came last week. Finally. It came in droves, surging over the curbs, washing away the oil and grime and refuse into a filthy chemical blend. It came for hours. It was needed, in a state suffering a drought that has covered nearly every city and town and farm Texas knows. And then it let up, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Michelle Warner, 31, Buried By Ex-Boyfriend In Oilfield, Bayou Body Count No. 170

    A man who has admitted burying his ex-girlfriend in an Odessa oilfield after killing her here has been charged with murder, Houston police say. Mark Augustin Castellano, 37, faces charges in the September 22 murder of Michelle Warner, 31, who was last seen in the 7200 Bellerieve on that day. Fami ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    February 16, 2012

    Bang A Gong: Duran Duran Guitarist Turned Rocker Andy Taylor Is 51

    In the summer of 1987, the day before driving to Austin for freshmen orientation at the University of Texas, I went to see Andy Taylor at Fitzgerald's. The former Duran Duran guitarist had done a near-180 in his career, opting for T. Rex-inspired hard rock over the glamorous Britpop of Rio. After ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    CenterPoint Energy Nightmare: Cypress Woman Nailed With Sky-High Bill Due to "Meter Tampering"

    ​In August, Carsie Launey opened her monthly electric bill. A number approaching four figures was before the decimal point. "CenterPoint Energy had billed me $923.39, claiming the electricity meter installed at my property was tampered with," says Launey. "I never tampered with that meter. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Exxon's New Giant Oil Find Could Meet World Needs For....A Couple of Months

    Fighting with the feds over who gets that sweet, sweet oil​The energy world is marveling today at news that ExxonMobil's recent discovery in the Gulf of Mexico could contain up to a billion barrels of oil. "The only thing that surprised the energy industry more than Exxon Mobil Corp.'s mammot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    EPA Hits Texas, Other States With Tougher Air Pollution Regulations: Cue Outrage From Rick Perry, Greg Abbott

    Feds up the ante in battle against TCEQ, Perry​The Environmental Protection Agency announced stricter rules on air pollution, rules that will especially affect Texas, whose politicians have been fighting tenaciously to avoid federal regulation of the state's many pollution producers. The EPA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    For Earth Day: Solar Help From Hurricane Devastation

    UHGBCThey may not look like much, but you'll be thankful​As we honor Mother Earth on this her day, let us remember that she can be a bit cruel at times. Like knocking out power via a hurricane. It tends to happen in Houston every once in a while, and the University of Houston and the city hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Japanese Nuke Disaster Might Stop Texas Expansion

    STNP, with a rainbow​Financial analysts are predicting that the series of nuclear accidents resulting from the Japanese earthquake will put an end to plans to expand the South Texas Nuclear Plant in Bay City, 90 miles southwest of town. The energy company NRG had ambitious plans to double STN ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Drilling Ban Lifted: Five (Possible) New Federal Mandates

    The Obama administration has lifted the ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but it is also enforcing steps to make sure a disaster such as the Deepwater Horizon leak never, ever happens again.Don't worry, we have a plan​The feds have outlined a bunch of tough new regulations and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Drilling For Oil In Houston Parks: Five Things To Consider

    Thar's oil in them thar parks​City Council will consider this week a proposal to let Southern Star Exploration drill for oil and gas in Houston parks.Specifically, Herman Brown Park, Brock Park, parts of Maxey Park, and Public Works McCarty Road Service Center. (The last isn't a park per se, but i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    The Green Scene in Fredericksburg

    Photo by jonlThe Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association at the 2008 Roundup.​Attention, Houston-area organic chefs, farmers and food producers: Fredericksburg wants you! The annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair, which takes place this year from September 24 to 26, is l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    TCEQ, State's Clean-Air "Watchdog," About To Be Sued Over A Local Plant

    Austin's power supplier a major polluter, groups say​As the Houston Press has written about, and as the Obama administration has determined, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is a pretty lax watchdog.Now they're going to get sued over it.A coalition of clean-air groups has served forma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Lone Star Landowner's Challenge Features Houston Contestant

    ​Last year's Landowner's Challenge -- a yearly contest sponsored by Lone Star Beer to judge who the truest Texan is among a group of finalists -- bestowed its winner with nearly two acres of land in Independence, Texas. This year's Landowner's Challenge will be held tomorrow night at Griff's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Rep. Pete Olson, Standing Up Against Those Pesky Pollution Rules

    Texas can police its own air, thankyouverymuch.​Republican U.S. Congressman Pete Olson may not officially be the poster boy for the oil and gas industry, but one could argue that he's really bucking for the job. Last week, Olson of Sugar Land announced that he and a few other politicians on Capit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Windpower Woodstock: George W. Bush, Limitless Swag & A Burgeoning Success Story

    Windmills in Texas -- as romantic-looking as in Holland​We used to love when oxymoronic news broke because a former editor would always exclaim, "Dogs are sleeping with cats! Film at 11!" Canines definitely hooked up with felines at Windpower 2010 this week in Dallas, where former President George ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    London Calling...With Love

    ​The Financial Times, a London-based paper that covers finances and times, has just given Houston a big, wet, sloppy soul kiss.Reporter Sheila McNulty wrote the article, headlined "Houston: Where Energy Is King."Let's just bask in the love....-- "With billions of dollars in investments being poure ... More >>

  • Music

    January 28, 2010

    Houston 2020: The Future Is Unwritten

    But hey, that's not stopping Noise.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Houston To Become Another Detroit, Expert Says

    ​If the Ike cat story was the feel-good item of the morning, here's your Debbie Downer special. Houston, and it's energy industry, is doomed, and we just might become a new Detroit, one expert says."So could Houston be replaced by Japanese consumer electronics firms? Yes, easily," says Dana Blanke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    CenterPoint Hits The Jackpot At The Federal Stimulus Feeding Trough

    Photo courtesy White House Flickr group​Let them bitch all they want in Chicago about getting shut out of federal stimulus funds for "smart-grid" power projects. Here in Houston, we're kicking ass.The federal gummint, that socialistic, fascist Big Brother, announced today how it is spending $3.4 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009: The Green Scene

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttYes, those are chickens. At ACL.​The freshly-planted grass isn't the only thing that's green in Zilker Park this year. Since we're in super hippie fun land Austin, after all, it only makes sense that there's a huge emphasis on the environment at the festival. From a dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    T. Boone Pickens Names A New Holiday

    To celebrate the one year anniversary since launching the Pickens Plan, ol' T. Boone himself has declared today, July, 8, "Energy Independence Day." It nice to know that all it takes is befriending a few powerful congressmen and about $100 million to name your own national "independence" day honor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Stimulus Funds Helping Houston Firm Give Out Free Home Fixes

    Photo courtesy Sheltering ArmsPeople are sometimes suspicious when one of Scott Pool's inspectors calls. The offer -- to weatherize one's house for free -- sounds too good to be true. "We have to convince them that, really and truly, nobody's going to charge them," says Pool, the weatherization ... More >>

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Wild Rides

    Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Texas Leads The "Filthy 15"!! Ummm, Yay?

    In case you were worrying that the air in Texas was getting too clean and all, you can rest assured it's not.Now it's coal ash that has the greenies up in arms.The National Resources Defense Council has released a list of states that are proposing to build enough new coal plants to produce 14 millio ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 12, 2009

    Pleasure Cruiser

    Why is Paul Villinski's "Emergency Response Studio" parked outside Rice Gallery?

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Galveston -- Exhibit A Against Offshore Drilling?

    Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently forgot about his 2006 campaign promise and changed his mind about offshore drilling. This week, the President made his pitch to eliminate a federal ban on the drilling. (Florida is the only state in the Gulf of Mexico protected by the ban.) So Floridians mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    John McCain in Houston

    The presumptive Republican nominee and his backers came to the downtown Hilton earlier today to talk energy policy. McCain got plenty of applause when he called for more offshore drilling (big surprise here in Houston) and when he compared his opponent's policies to those of Jimmy Carter. We got pho ... More >>

  • News

    May 1, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    Kyoto Protocol: Chill Out

    Skeptical environmentalist Bjrn Lomborg questions the Kyoto Protocol's effectiveness

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Kyoto Protocol: You're Getting Warmer

    The Kyoto Accord began the race to halt global warming. On its tenth anniversary, why are we barely past the starting gate?

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2007

    It’s Not Like It’s Rocket Science

    Dude! Don’t you know anything about computers? You should never set up a solar array unless you want electromagnetic interference. What’s next? You gonna tell me your “cup holder” is broken? – Keith Plocek

  • News

    April 12, 2007
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    August 31, 2006

    Rescue in a Box

    HouStoned Images, Ltd. Unlmtd. Caulk and tape? Now that's savings! Who says Reliant Energy isn't helpful? Oh, wait, lots of people, especially this guy. Sorry... But hey, wait! As you may have heard, Reliant Energy has started offering "Energy Savings Kits" to customers who apply for electric b ... More >>

  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Par for the Course

    Forget the money crunch, let's play golf

  • News

    April 6, 2006
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    November 10, 2005

    Veggie Tales

    An alternative to gasoline-based fuel gains traction in Houston

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Reaping the Wind

    Kopper cops to a Fastowian bargain

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2001

    Oil Slick

    Ocean Star

  • News

    June 21, 2001


    Scaling Green Mountain, Where Credit's Due, Horse-Whipped

  • News

    March 23, 1995

    Got Mad, Got Even

    Two former HL&P workers took revenge against the Light Company, but say the city settled for "chump change"

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