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Texas lawmakers want to ban dangerous radioactive waste. The proposal would give a nuclear waste company a big financial break.

Texas lawmakers want to ban dangerous radioactive waste. The proposal would give a nuclear waste company a big financial break.

As a nuclear waste company’s plan to store the most dangerous type of radioactive waste in West Texas moves forward at the federal level, state lawmakers are aiming to ban the materials from entering the state.Environmental and consumer advocates for years have decried a proposal to build a 332-acre site in West Texas near the New Mexico border to store the riskiest type of nuclear waste: spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants, which can remain dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.A bill advancing in the House, filed by Rep. , whose district includes Andrews County...

April 8, 2021
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When the power went out, Texas oil and gas regulators rushed to defend the industry’s image

When the power went out, Texas oil and gas regulators rushed to defend the industry’s image

When the power went out for Marsha Hendler on Feb. 15, she rushed to her downtown San Antonio office to ride out the winter storm. Thankful to find the electricity and heat still on, she typed out an email to the elected officials who regulate her small, independent oil and gas company.“I strongly urge you to make public statements, to develop a PR program around our current energy conditions,” Hendler wrote at 2 p.m. that day to the three members of the Texas Railroad Commission, according to an email obtained by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica. “Assure citizens that blending oil and gas...

April 5, 2021
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Texas lawmakers want to prevent another power crisis. But the legislation doesn't go far enough to do that, critics say

Texas lawmakers want to prevent another power crisis. But the legislation doesn't go far enough to do that, critics say

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Both the Texas Senate and House have written bills that attempt to prevent another massive power failure in extreme temperatures. But parts of their legislative proposals are drawing criticism for not going far enough to prepare electricity infrastructure for increased risks posed by climate change.And critics are also wary that some measures would leave enforcement of the mandated upgrades to the Public Utility Commission without increasing its funding or resources to do the job., sponsored by State Rep....

March 31, 2021
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Sweeping legislation to overhaul state’s electricity market in response to winter storm heads to Texas House after Senate's unanimous approval

Sweeping legislation to overhaul state’s electricity market in response to winter storm heads to Texas House after Senate's unanimous approval

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously approved a sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s electricity industry and infrastructure, including mandating that power plants and outlawing ., filed by Republican state Sen. of Georgetown, now heads to the Texas House where its prospects are uncertain. Members in the lower chamber will take up a series of related, standalone bills on Tuesday.“There were a multitude of failures,” Schwertner said from the Senate floor Monday, referring to the during the ....

March 29, 2021
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Paperwork failures worsened Texas blackouts, sparking mid-storm scramble to restore critical fuel supply

Paperwork failures worsened Texas blackouts, sparking mid-storm scramble to restore critical fuel supply

On Valentine’s Day, the major utility that supplies electricity to West Texas readied for a severe winter storm. Hired contractors prepared to fix power lines, managers started up the storm emergency center, and operators reviewed the list of facilities that should — no matter what — keep power during an emergency: 35 of them on Oncor’s list were natural gas facilities that deliver fuel to power plants.As Sunday turned to Monday, Allen Nye, the CEO of Oncor, one of the state’s largest transmission and delivery utilities, thought his team was ready.But the situation rapidly deteriorated as...

March 18, 2021
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California cities banned natural gas in new buildings. Texas wants to outlaw those bans.

California cities banned natural gas in new buildings. Texas wants to outlaw those bans.

Texas lawmakers are quickly moving a bill forward that attempts to stop cities from banning natural gas as a fuel source for new construction and utility services — a trend in progressive California cities that some state lawmakers say would restrict consumer choices if Texas cities move to do the same.At least a dozen similar bills have been filed in states including , and . But in Texas, the bill has been pushed as a response to the power outages caused by last month’s winter storm.Now labeled a priority for lawmakers, would bar cities and municipalities from banning, limiting,...

March 19, 2021
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Texas power crisis prompts Texas House panel to advance several bills, including one requiring plants to prep for extreme weather

Texas power crisis prompts Texas House panel to advance several bills, including one requiring plants to prep for extreme weather

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Several bills responding to Texas’ February power outages — including one mandating that power plants prepare facilities for extreme weather and another reforming the Electric Reliability Council of Texas board — were advanced by the Texas House State Affairs Committee on Thursday.None addressed the price ERCOT set for wholesale electricity prices during the storm and power outages. There's been a growing over addressing an independent market monitor's finding that ERCOT artificially inflated prices and...

March 19, 2021
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In oil-rich Texas, GOP lawmakers push bill to punish Wall Street for fossil fuel disinvestments

In oil-rich Texas, GOP lawmakers push bill to punish Wall Street for fossil fuel disinvestments

A bill filed in the Texas Senate Thursday would direct the state’s massive investment funds to divest from any companies that “boycott” fossil fuels.Pressure is increasing on Wall Street for companies and investment funds to reduce their financial support for oil and gas companies. Environmental activists have long called for Wall Street and university endowments to stop investing in fossil fuels, and.Last year, Larry Fink, founder and chief executive of BlackRock, one of the world’s largest investment companies, that the firm would make climate change “a defining factor” in its investment...

March 11, 2021
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Oil and gas interests left to “self-regulate” in aftermath of winter storm as Texas politicians pile on to ERCOT

Oil and gas interests left to “self-regulate” in aftermath of winter storm as Texas politicians pile on to ERCOT

After being battered by withering criticism of its management of the power grid during last month’s winter storm, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas saw and . The chair of the Public Utility Commission, which oversees the grid operator, was forced to resign.The political fallout from the long-lasting Texas power outages have hit both entities hard after Gov. blamed ERCOT’s leadership for the of the electric grid and made its reform a legislative priority, and state lawmakers hammered the PUC for what they called a failure of oversight.Yet politically powerful natural gas companies,...

March 5, 2021
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Severe weather this summer could cause another Texas power crisis

Severe weather this summer could cause another Texas power crisis

Electricity outages in Texas could occur again this summer — just a few months after the devastating winter storm that left millions of Texans without power for days — if the state experiences a severe heat wave or drought combined with high demand for power, according to recent assessments by the state’s grid operator.Experts and company executives are warning that the power grid that covers most of the state is at risk of another crisis this summer, when demand for electricity typically peaks as homes and businesses crank up air conditioning to ride out the Texas heat. Texas is likely to...

April 15, 2021
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