Energy

Fronteras
3:33 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Mexico Energy Reform Faces Challenges: Border Pipelines & Organized Crime

An oil rig in the Permian Basin of Texas; Mexico wants to build at least two pipelines to import energy from here.
"Hitchhacking" via Flickr

On Fronteras: Energy reform in Mexico is promising huge economic benefits for Texas...but there are big challenges ahead, including infrastructure and organized crime. New Mexico has some of the worst figures in the nation for alcohol-related illnesses and substance abuse, and so Fronteras sheds light on fetal alcohol syndrome. We'll also hear from the state climatologist about drought in Texas.  And an exclusive from Marfa Public Radio: the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area in south Presidio County is finally going to be open to the public.  

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Energy Resources
10:43 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Economist Says Mexico Energy Reform Could Bring Texas Billions

A leading economist tells state lawmakers that reforms to Mexico’s oil and gas sector could bring the most dramatic changes the Texas border-region has ever seen, and legislators have been tasked with investigating what if any state laws need to be adjusted to help Texas grow economically.

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Texas Energy Capacity
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

It's Not The Biggest, But Coal Is A Large Piece Of Texas Energy Production

Find this graphic and more at: http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2014/ERCOT_Quick_Facts_052014.pdf
Credit ERCOT

The largest type of energy source in the state comes from natural gas, but business leaders, state officials and electric companies are still concerned about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), natural gas has the highest percentage of electric power capacity in Texas in 2014.

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Environment
3:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Wants Texas To Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly 40% Under New Rules

Credit EPA

Newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules for existing coal-fired power plants have several state and federal officials up in arms over the possible economic impact for Texas businesses.

This year the EPA plans to implement rules on existing coal-fired power plants, which will have three years to fix and update their facilities or face hefty fines.

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The Source - June 2, 2014
9:58 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Source: EPA Calls For 30% Coal Cuts By 2030

Credit Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it wants a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The draft rule announced in a press conference is the largest cut ever asked for on power plants. 

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Fronteras
1:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Will This Planned West Texas Clean Coal Project Be A Game Changer?

Construction on a coal-fired power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) is expected to begin here in Penwell, Texas this year. One of two such plants in the U.S., the other is in Kemper, Mississippi.
Jason Lewis U.S. Department of Energy

Fronteras: The Democrat facing newly-nominated Republican Dan Patrick in the Texas lieutenant governor race says Sen. Patrick’s pledge to campaign in the minority community is “insulting.” New EPA rules to cut carbon emissions are expected to be unveiled soon. The new rules are expected to spur the use of a so-called clean coal technology. There are fewer than 100 fluent speakers of Kumeyaay left in Southern California and northern Baja California, where they once dominated. Efforts are now underway to preserve the endangered language.

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Texas Energy Capacity
1:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

ERCOT Report Shows Rolling Blackouts Not A Threat Anytime Soon

ERCOT region.
Credit Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel

A report released by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas shows the state is not in any danger of rolling blackouts anytime in the near future.  

ERCOT released three assessment reports looking at whether the state has enough energy reserves to meet the peak demand during the summer and fall of 2014 and then a long-term review of peak customer demand.

Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of system planning, said a set of new projects will help Texas meet its energy demand.

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Texas Energy Capacity
4:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

CPS Energy CEO Says Texas Is "OK" For Energy Ahead Of Another Hot Summer

Doyle Beneby, center, speaks with other leaders in the electricity field Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Texas Tribune.
Credit Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

Leaders in the field of electric reliability are talking about peak seasons ahead of summer since demand is always a hot topic around this time of year.

But as Texas increases generation of power with wind and solar resources, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby thinks electric reliability is sufficient ahead of what could be a brutally hot summer.

He wants to focus on how to make it stay that way for the long run, though.

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Energy
2:49 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Texas' Biggest Power Company Files For Bankruptcy

The sun shines through the clouds behind an electrical power line in Dallas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:21 pm

As they say: Everything is bigger in Texas.

Today, the state's biggest power company filed for one of the biggest Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in corporate history.

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UTSA Research
4:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

UTSA & Microsoft Strike Partnership In Energy Research

UTSA students and Microsoft staff pose for a group photo.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have joined in a partnership to construct renewable energy for its data centers.

The UTSA band lead the fanfare in the announcement for the partnership with global computer giant Microsoft. The goal between the two is to develop new methods of creating sustainable energy.

“The important thing is to not just gather power but to measure power and measure how the building uses its power and to find ways how about how find ways in which we can reduce the use of power,” said Ricardo Romo, president of UTSA.

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