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Texas Coal Powers East Texas Jobs, But For How Long?

Posted on · Texas has been a stand-out recovering from the recession, creating more jobs than many other states. But it's not all good. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found a place where jobs are few. And that's why people who live there are very concerned when they hear about stricter government regulations that could have an effect on employment.

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Paying For Energy Efficiency Programs: Texas Industry Opts Out

Posted on · Big companies in Texas are saving millions of dollars by not having to pay a fee that millions of smaller companies and residential customers do pay. The fee helps fund programs aimed at making houses and commercial buildings more efficient. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling tracked down the story behind why some pay the fee ... and some don't.

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Texas To Investigate Health Risk Of Living Near Drilling Sites

Posted on · Dramatic increases in the amount of oil and gas being produced in Texas has brought with it an increase in air pollution. That could be a threat to people living near well sites. But there's conflicting information about the threat — and whether it's already meant higher cancer rates in some places. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling begins our story in North Texas.

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Texas PUC Waits For Power Companies That Dare Raise Prices

Posted on · Starting tomorrow, the state-regulated maximum price for wholesale electricity takes a big jump. The "peak price" as it's called can be hit on very hot days when demand for power surges. But as StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found, there's controversy over whether those higher costs can be passed on to consumers.

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Not Enough: Even Higher Price For Electricity Urged For Texas

Posted on · To hear some tell it, Texas is in a bad way when it comes to having enough electricity. The Texas Public Utility Commission is trying to encourage construction of new power plants by raising prices. Next month, those new, higher prices for wholesale electricity take effect. But now, as StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found, some utility companies say the higher price may not be nearly high enough.

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The “Rebirth” Of Texas Gulf Coast Refineries

Posted on · One executive says it's nothing short of a "rebirth" of the petrochemical industry. It's happening along the Texas Gulf Coast as big companies are sinking billions of dollars into new plants. StateImpact Texas reporter Dave Fehling headed to one city near the coast to find out why, and what it's doing to create jobs.