Odessa American:Leeward Renewable Energy to Acquire Solar Development Platform from First Solar
Jan. 26 — Through the agreement, CyrusOne will significantly reduce its CO2 emissions over the term of the contract. The purchase is equivalent to meeting 100% of the power requirements for CyrusOne’s data center facility in Allen, Texas, and approximately 70% of the power requirements for its data center in Carrollton, Texas. Additionally, CyrusOne will retire project-specific renewable attributes from Azure Sky solar + storage equal to 100% of the power usage at its Dallas headquarters. CyrusOne has previously procured solar power for its Chandler facility in Arizona, and its data centers in London and Amsterdam also run on 100% renewable energy.
Bloomberg: Total gets fastest start on clean energy among Europe oil majors
Jan. 25 — Europe’s three largest oil and gas companies — Total, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc — all announced plans last year to eliminate most greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and the fuels they sell in the coming decades. It marked a turning point for the petroleum industry in the region, and heightened its divergence from U.S. majors that have yet to make such pledges.
Texas Tribune: Internet and phone services in rural Texas threatened as state slashes subsidies for providers
Jan. 25 — A state fund that subsidizes rural network service is bleeding money. Now the state is drastically cutting the amount of money that it typically pays out to these service providers.
Midland Reporter-Telegram (Commentary): Energy infrastructure is essential to powering the Texas economy
Jan. 24 — Infrastructure makes our success possible. Robust pipeline and processing systems carry oil and gas from Texas’s prolific basins to refineries along the coast, LNG export terminals, or other end-use facilities. Similarly, while Texas produced 28 percent of America’s wind power in 2019, much of that clean power would be wasted without a sophisticated network of transmission lines, carrying that power from windy and sunny regions to our population centers.
Brownwood Bulletin (Commentary): Group explains opposition to solar farm in Brown County
Jan. 23 — As we begin 2021, a monumental decision will be made on the future of Brown County. The Brown County Commissioners will vote on a proposal that affects all county residents and taxpayers. Intersect Power, a California-based solar-power development company, requested an 85 percent property tax abatement over 10 years to build approximately a 2,600-acre solar farm in southwest Brown County.
Jan. 22 — Nearly 50 rural Texas telephone companies have filed a lawsuit against the Public Utility Commission of Texas, accusing the state regulatory agency of illegally withholding universal service fund (“USF”) revenues crucial to maintaining the statewide telecommunications network in rural areas.
Austin American Statesman (Fact Check): Will the Paris accord ‘cost the U.S. economy 6.5 million jobs and $3 trillion’?
Jan. 22 — The Republican oil and gas regulator, one of three commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission, penned a missive earlier this month that took aim at those who’ve recently cast Texas natural gas in a bad light — the French government for cutting ties with a Houston company over environmental concerns, the “sensationalist fake-news media” for downplaying improvements in emissions, and the “environmental extremists” for promoting Green New Deal policies.
Dallas Morning News: Elon Musk’s next Texas play? Drilling for natural gas, of course
Jan. 22 — The billionaire’s SpaceX intends to drill wells close to the company’s Boca Chica launchpad, it was revealed during a Friday hearing before the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s energy regulator.