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09/19/2014Duke Energy To Build 110-MW Los...

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, announced it will build, own and operate a 110-megawatt (MW) wind power project, Los Vientos V, in Starr County, Texas. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130322/CL81938LOGO Garland Power & Light, Greenville...
09/17/2014Demolition brings down art deco...

Sept. 17--The 1930s-era Josephine Apartments, an art deco complex in a tree-lined neighborhood near Rice University, were torn down by builders Tuesday to be replaced by townhomes. The homebuilders who recently purchased the 75-year-old property said they plan to build four townhomes on the lot at the corner of Bolsover and Ashby. The property...
09/17/2014Texas Transmission Line Proposal...

Sept. 17--A battle is brewing between three Houston-based Fortune 500 companies -- and Texas electricity customers could be stuck in the middle. The Public Utility Commission of Texas may decide later this year whether to allow electric transmission company CenterPoint Energy to move forward with plans for a $590 million transmission line to...
09/16/2014While chasing Tesla, Austin area...

Sept. 16-- Officials with Tesla Motors visited Williamson County at least eight times over six months as they sought a site for the company's $5 billion battery factory, going as far as hiring an Austin lawyer to negotiate in a series of meetings with local and state officials. The electric car company's intense interest in 1,200-plus acres...
09/15/2014RBR Construction still building...

Sept. 15--After starting RPR Construction Co. Inc. with her late husband 31 years ago, Pat Pinkerton has no plans of stopping. "I love construction," the 65-year-old said Wednesday while standing at the work site of Tyler Junior College's new Energy Center. Mrs. Pinkerton, president of RPR, owns the company with her two daughters. "We've always...
09/15/2014Study: Leaky wells, not fracking,...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of the states of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the...
09/13/2014Medical firms buy Fort Worth property...

Sept. 13--Two Fort Worth-based firms that own and operate compounding pharmacies, medical companies and laboratories nationwide have recently bought downtown buildings off Weatherford and Belknap streets where they plan to develop a corporate campus. In May, Freedom Technologies and Pharmakos Ventures moved into the former Witherspoon...
09/11/2014Odessa Chamber of Commerce endorses...

Sept. 11--Odessa Chamber of Commerce officials announced their support of a ballot referendum that asks voters on Nov. 4 to approve $1.4 billion in annual spending for the state highway fund. The referendum would establish a constitutional amendment that would provide ongoing funding for transportation infrastructure by taking money from oil and...
09/10/2014City seeks demolition oversight of...

Sept. 10--The city of Midland is seeking bids for demolition oversight of two downtown buildings, hoping that the action makes the prime real estate lots more lucrative for interested developers. The city seeks contractors to oversee an environmental assessment, asbestos removal and demolition of the Mid-America Building and the Midland...
09/09/2014New Austin Public Library will have...

Sept. 09--The new public library downtown won't open until 2016, but facilities manager John Gillum is already getting calls to reserve a 300-person event space that has its own catering kitchen. That won't be the only food element of the building, designed by the forward-thinking architects at LakeFlato in San Antonio. The 198,000-square-foot,...
09/09/2014Planning for future water use a...

Sept. 09--Beneath Houston, miles of the city's aging water mains are leaking billions of gallons each year. The repairs will require years of work and millions of dollars. Officials, meanwhile, would like residents to take shorter showers and use their sprinklers less often -- a conservation ethic that could mean less revenue for the utility...
09/09/2014Office developer moves forward with...

Sept. 09--Skanska USA Commercial Development is starting a second office building this month in Houston's Energy Corridor, as the company anticipates further growth in the oil-and-gas-dominant west Houston office market. "Houston is in a robust market environment and the projects under construction -- unlike any other time in Houston's history...
09/04/2014Judge Cites BP's 'Gross Negligence' ...

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP bears the majority of responsibility among the companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, a federal judge ruled Thursday, citing the energy giant's reckless conduct in a ruling that exposes the company to billions of dollars in penalties. BP PLC already has agreed to pay billions of dollars in criminal fines...
09/04/2014Construction has begun on...

Sept. 04-- Cedar Park drivers will soon see some big changes along RM 1431. Even before last week's official ground breaking, crews started work on the $22 million to project to widen RM 1431 between Sam Bass Road and Parmer Lane. The project -- a collaboration between Cedar Park, the Texas Department of Transportation and Williamson County --...
09/03/2014City Council approves contract to...

Sept. 03--›› Replay Live Twitter updates: El Paso City Council meeting A $2 million contract was approved by the El Paso City Council on Tuesday to begin work on a pedestrian crossing that will connect Southwest University Park to Santa Fe Street. "This project will provide connectivity between Southwest University Park and the pedestrian...
09/02/2014Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil...

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place. A federal judge still has to approve the settlement. That same judge...
09/02/2014Could planned project set off MoPac...

Sept. 02-- Two towers that would be among the tallest buildings outside of downtown Austin are being proposed as part of project that envisions bringing 1.6 million square feet of development to MoPac Boulevard and Spicewood Springs Road. Some area residents oppose the project, which they say could set a precedent for other tall buildings --...
09/01/2014Retailers in Village at Cumberland...

Sept. 01--Building permits continued to be filed by retailers going into the Village at Cumberland Park shopping center, which expects its first stores to open this month. Carters, of Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, is working on a 6,875-square-foot space for Carters and Osh Kosh B'Gosh at 8946 S. Broadway Ave. MRS Inc. is the contractor for the $365,816...
09/01/2014Work Progresses on $1B Transmission...

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Construction continues on a new $1 billion electricity line in South Texas that officials said will not only improve service in the state's Rio Grande Valley but also allow energy generated in South Texas to be delivered to the rest of the state. The project was approved by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas —...
09/01/2014Airport to house one of Austin's most...

Sept. 01-- One of the largest and most expensive public art projects Austin has ever seen will open at the airport in the fall of 2015. The city is paying $1.66 million for several hundred geometric sculptures and a steel grid along a 400-foot walkway built on the third floor of the existing parking garage, which will connect the airport...
08/31/2014Austin light rail: With friends like...

Aug. 31-- I always assumed that rail supporters would come home. It was almost 30 months ago when I reported in this space that Lyndon Henry, a former Capital Metro board member who has been pushing for light rail in Austin since the early 1970s, did not like the route through the University of Texas' east side and north to Hancock Center that...
08/29/2014EDITORIAL: Fort Worth takes important...

Aug. 29--The City Council took two more important steps this week toward creating more affordable housing in Fort Worth -- specifically, single-family homes. The council found a way to contribute $250,000 to Trinity Habitat for Humanity. That will enable the organization to build four additional homes in east Fort Worth during an October project...
08/29/2014Office market soaring

Aug. 29--SAN ANTONIO -- More than 587,000 square feet of office space is under construction in San Antonio, according to data compiled by REOC San Antonio, and job growth is one of the main forces behind the building frenzy. The activity is the most the local office market has seen since the 2008 recession, and it has pushed the vacancy rate for...
08/28/2014Plan to Convert Houston Astrodome...

Aug. 28--Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's proposal to turn the Astrodome into "the world's largest indoor park" and recreation area is definitely feasible, a local architect said Wednesday, but also one whose fate -- and cost -- will be dictated by the details. Kinder Baumgardner, president of SWA Architects, the firm behind several public...
08/27/2014High-Speed Rail Gaining Momentum in...

Aug. 27--DALLAS -- The number of Texas cities that could be served by high-speed rail is growing quickly and now includes Bryan-College Station, an area best known as the home of Texas A&M University that was bypassed by the interstate highway system. High-speed-rail advocates stepped up their efforts Wednesday to bring bullet trains to Texas as...

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