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Texas Energy: What Did We Miss?

Posted on · We’ve been devoting time in recent weeks to talking about the various sources of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. In previous weeks, we’ve talked about the future of energy from wind, solar, coal and nuclear and natural gas. On today’s show, we examine any forms of energy we may have missed, including biofuels. We talk with Loren Steffy, […]

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The Fate of Oil and Natural Gas in Houston’s Energy Future

Posted on · We’ve been devoting time in recent weeks to talking about the various sources of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. In previous weeks, we’ve talked about the future of energy from wind, solar, coal and nuclear. On today’s show, we examine the state of oil and natural gas. We talk with Regina Mayor, KPMG Global Sector Head, and […]

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What is Coal’s Future in the Grand Scheme of Energy Production?

Posted on · The organization Public Citizen recently released a report on two Texas coal plants (Monticello and Big Brown) on the verge of retirement and whether it would have any effect on the state’s energy grid. According to the report, it won’t, and that raises questions about the future of coal and its use as an energy […]

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Houston’s Pension Problems, and the Future of Coal: Thursday’s Show (Feb. 23, 2017)

Posted on · Houston isn’t the only city in Texas with pension challenges. In fact, some believe at city like Dallas might be able to learn a thing or two from how Houston’s proposed to handle its unfunded pension obligations. On this edition of Houston Matters, we compare the pension debts incurred by Houston and Dallas, and discuss whether […]

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A Zombie Industry: Is Coal On the Way Out?

Posted on · Some industry analysts are calling coal a “zombie industry” – meaning it’s dying but still functioning. So far in 2016, U.S. coal production is 32 percent lower than it was a year ago, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, a new study says Texans are shifting away from relying on energy […]

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Coal and Texas, and a Real Estate Snapshot: Thursday’s Show (May 26, 2016)

Posted on · So far in 2016, U.S. coal production is 32 percent lower than it was a year ago, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, a new study says Texans are shifting away from relying on energy from coal and instead will rely more on natural gas, wind and solar energy in the coming […]