Energy

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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Education
1:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

CPS Energy Grant Helps Jefferson Students Study Renewable Energy

Junior Chris Harrison (left) demonstrates how the model ethanol plant creates the usable fuel.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Thanks to a grant from CPS Energy, students at Jefferson High School are using state-of-the-art equipment to study renewable energy before their senior year. The program is part of the school’s architecture & environmental studies magnet.

In Blu Odam’s advanced energy and environmental technology class, his six students have been studying how to generate renewable energy.

“Wind energy, solar energy, biofuels which includes bio-diesel and ethanol, and hydro energy which includes damns and water falls,” Odam explained.

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Environment & Energy
1:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

New Report Shows Texas May Have Sufficient Energy Reserves Until 2020

Mose Buchele StateImpact Texas

A report out this week contradicts information put out by the Public Utility Commission that the state  does not have sufficient energy reserves and is in need of changing to a capacity market model.

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Texas Matters
1:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Should Creationism Be Taught In Texas Schools? One Charter System Already Does

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

Texas Matters: "Demand response" is helping alleviate drain on Texas power grids. All the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor say they support teaching creationism in Texas public schools and one charter system is defying a Supreme Court ruling by doing just that. Also on this show: Same-sex marriage in Texas? And the new Texas Almanac is out.

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Environment
10:25 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Energy Companies Show Off New Devices At DistribuTech Conference

Attendees walk around the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during the DistribuTech conference in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The smartest minds are in town energized about new technology and the changing world of energy production and consumption.

This year's DistribuTech conference is in San Antonio and is helping change the future of the energy industry.

Inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, leaders from the world's largest energy companies are busy talking about the latest and greatest in power transmission. The buzz is overwhelming, but really what It's really all about is how energy companies are updating their systems to better serve customers.

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The Source - November 27, 2013
1:12 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

The Source: America's Worst Charities | Energy Utilities Want Changes That Could Cost

Top five worst charities in America via www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities.
Tampa Bay Times/CIR

In the first segment:

As you sit down and give thanks tomorrow, you might feel compelled to share the wealth of your good fortune by donating to one of the more than 1.6 million registered tax-exempt charity organizations.  

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Texas Energy
4:05 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

State Senators Not Happy With Public Utility Commission Plan For Capacity Markets

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has been leaning towards switching to capacity markets to meet Texas’ electricity needs but that concept doesn’t sit well with some state senators.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee met with the head of the PUC to question the group's reasons for switching to a system that would supply energy companies with more state money, hoping they would in turn use those funds to build additional power plants.

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Texas Matters
3:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Get Ready For Next Week: ACA Exchanges Open & Wendy Davis Announces Her Decision

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis will finally announce her decision on the governor's race, which will finally end the speculating and kick the 2014 election campaigning into a new gear. Ted Cruz' attempt to "defund Obamacare" is still playing itself out, but has he gained or lost political capital? The insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act open up on Oct. 1 and people for and against the new health care law are working their tails off for their case. A look at boomtowns from Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas, and last, a few words about sustainability from an International Space Station flight controller.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Environmental Group Says Coal Power Plants Are "Putting Texas In The Frying Pan"

Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger.
Environment Texas

New Environmental Protection Agency rules for power plants go into effect on Sept. 20 and a new report details how Texas power plants are one of the leading causes of global warming in the country.

Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger said their study shows Texas is the leading nation when it comes to power plant pollution. Texas is home to two of the dirtiest plants in the United States in the Martin Lake Plant, located south of Longview, and the W.A. Parish Plant, which is just outside of Houston. 

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Energy
6:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Texas Oil Boom Drives Up Electricity Prices

Pumpjacks bob their heads in the sunrise, November 2007, in Penwell, Texas. (Joshua Scheide/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

The Texas oil boom that’s pumping millions of dollars into the region’s economy is simultaneously wreaking havoc on local towns and businesses.

In an ironic twist of energy fate, the electricity needed to power the oil drilling and production equipment is outpacing the ability of local power grids to transmit it.

That, in turn, is causing price hikes of 20 percent or more for some customers and businesses.

Energy reporter Tom Fowler is covering the issue for the Wall Street Journal.

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