Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Meter Reading: Rice Farming Cutoff Looms, Defense Contractors Big Investors in Renewables, and More

Agreement Reached Between U.S. and Mexico on Drilling in Gulf ”The U.S. and Mexico reached an agreement Monday to cooperate on oil-and-gas development in waters along the nations’ maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico,” FuelFix reports. “Signed at a meeting of G-20 nations in Los Cabos, Mexico, the agreement would set a process that U.S. companies and Mexico’s state-owned Pemex could use to jointly develop waters that straddle the maritime border.”

First Cutoff to Rice Farmers Looming ”Thousands of farmers in Texas’ rice-producing region are likely to be affected by action taken in response to one of the most severe droughts in state history,” the Associated Press writes. “With water management agencies implementing emergency plans never used before, the Lower Colorado River Authority is widely expected to announce March 1 that it will not release water to rice farmers in three counties.”

How Defense Contractors Are Big Investors in Renewable Energy ”Not many investors are aware of it, but the U.S. defense contractors are hidden investment plays in the widening use of renewable energy,” Forbes writes. “That’s because the U.S. military is way ahead of almost every other organization in pursuing a clean energy policy that’s critical for the operation of its bases — with the assist of some defense contractors that usually provide aircraft, weapons, missiles and specialized technological systems and services.”

Even as Natural Gas Prices Plunge, Rates Go Up For Some in Texas ”Thousands of natural gas customers in Central Texas might see a bump in rates as national provider Atmos Energy pursues a $49 million systemwide increase that would cause residential customers’ bills to jump almost 14 percent,” the Austin American-Statesman reports.


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