Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
PALACIOS — At first glance, the large, framed photo hanging on a wall at the state’s largest nuclear power plant seems to tell a simple story. About 200 smiling men and women stand in block formation behind a long-stretching banner — shades of a high school class portrait, though one posed in front of the domes of two nuclear reactors.
Texas Business reports: FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla—iTalk Inc., a provider of advanced communications and mobile broadband services, acquired ITG, Inc., an established 17-year-old Texas-based international telecommunications company.
Texas Business reports: EL PASO, Texas—U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin officials commissioned the first U.S. Department of Defense grid-tied microgrid integrating both renewable resources and energy storage at Fort Bliss, Texas. The project was funded by the DoD's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.
Texas Business reports: HARLINGEN, Texas—Construction is expected to begin early next year on the new La Paloma Power Plant, to be located in the Harlingen Industrial Park in Harlingen, Texas located along the US-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico, in deep South Texas.
Texas may have built a reputation as the energy capital of America, but in some parts of the state, like Midland and South Texas, the oil and gas boom has actually driven electric prices up — substantially.
When Ralph Carrasco was considering adding a chimney to his new home in far east El Paso County’s Montana Vista subdivision in November, he got some startling news from his builder, and it was not about the estimated price of the project. The area’s giant utility monopoly was looking to set up shop less than a half-mile from his house.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Generational Capital Markets Inc., a mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately-held businesses, announced HD Supply Waterworks, acquired substantially all the assets of their client, Water Products of Oklahoma Inc., Arkansas Water Products LLC, and Municipal Water Works Supply LP (collectively doing business as "Water Products").
Texas Business reports: The Texas Comptroller's office announced announced another round of grants for 11 community colleges and technical institutes totaling $3 million, which will be used to purchase equipment and train students to enter the workforce.
Texas Business reports: A Texas region containing four of the world's largest wind farms showed an increase in land surface temperature over nine years that researchers have connected to local meteorological effects of the turbines.
Texas Business reports: AMARILLO—enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, and Cielo Wind Power LP announced that enXco signed a purchase agreement to acquire from a Cielo affiliate the development assets for the Spinning Spur Wind Project.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Energy Transfer Partners LP closed its previously announced agreement with AmeriGas Partners LP to sell its propane operations, consisting of Heritage Operating LP and Titan Energy Partners LP in exchange for approximately $2.85 billion.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Quanta Services Inc. announced that it has been selected by American Electric Power to provide transmission infrastructure services for two AEP Transmission Company subsidiaries.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first Texas Greenhouse Gas (GHG) permit for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant in Llano County, Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Direct Energy, one of North America's largest competitive energy and energy-related services providers, has finalized its acquisition of residential and commercial energy retailer First Choice Power for $270 million in cash, plus additional working capital.
Texas Business reports: GAINESVILLE—Wind Energy Services Company (WES), a provider of composite repair and maintenance services for wind farm operations, established partnering agreements with three turbine component manufacturing facilities, all entities of the Molded Fiber Glass Companies.
Texas Business reports: Duke Energy announced agreements with Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to provide wind turbines for the two phases of Duke Energy's Los Vientos Windpower Project in Willacy County, Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON and NEW YORK—The Riverstone/Carlyle Global Energy and Power Funds, a group of energy-focused private equity funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC announced that one of its indirect special-purpose subsidiaries, Sapphire Power Holdings, has completed the acquisition of a 778-megawatt portfolio of gas-fired power generation facilities from the Morris Energy Group, a private power generation company headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey.
ERCOT in level 1 emergency through 7 PM Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 this afternoon due to responsive reserves below 2,300 megawatts (MW). Capacity is expected to be very tight over the peak today, and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 at 1:45 p.m. today due to responsive reserves below 2,300 megawatts (MW).
Texas Business reports: The Shaw Group Inc. renewed a contract with STP Nuclear Operating Company to provide maintenance and modification services, including craft labor management, to operating units 1 and 2 of its nuclear power facility.
Texas Business reports: Texas Tech, Sandia National Laboratories and Group NIRE will operate a facility that will primarily perform research and development (R&D) work in turbine-to-turbine interactions and will evaluate innovative rotor technologies.
Texas Business reports:San Antonio—Summit Power Group’s Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the country’s largest municipally owned natural gas and electric utility, CPS Energy.
Texas Business reports:GRAPEVINE—Greenhunter Energy Inc., a diversified renewable energy company focused on water resource management, biomass power generation, wind and solar energy projects, closed a non-brokered private placement of 522,500 units of GreenHunter Energy Inc. at a price of $2.00 per unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of $1,045,000.
Texas Business reports: Baltimore-based Constellation Energy, signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire 100 percent of StarTex Power, a Houston retail electric provider with approximately 170,000 customers.
Texas Business reports:San Antonio—Here Enterprises Inc., a developer of wind energy, is moving forward with its objective of generating profitable and clean wind energy at its Cycle Ranch project in Floresville, Texas.
Texas Business reports: TXU Energy plans to install 70 electric vehicle charging locations in Dallas/Fort Worth and 50 in Houston by the end of 2012 with half in place in the eVgo Network by this summer, officials announced.
Texas Business reports: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which initiated controversial rolling blackouts in early February, released the final list of forced outages during last month’s severe weather event.
Texas Business reports: Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (NINA), the nuclear development company jointly owned by NRG Energy Inc. and Toshiba Corporation is reducing the scope of development units 3 and 4 at the South Texas Project expansion to allow time for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and other nuclear stakeholders to assess the lessons that can be learned from the events in Japan.
Texas Business reports: Kentucky’s Dynastar Ventures Inc., a direct selling company focused on the sale of electricity and natural gas services to commercial and residential customers, reached an agreement to buy My Affordable Energy LLC, a Texas-based direct selling company focused on selling energy services.
Texas Business reports: Oncor, the electric transmission and distribution company serving most of North Texas, is in the process of temporarily turning off power across its service territory to compensate for unexpected generation loss in the areas of the state served by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Texas Business reports: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: Irving spends incentive dollars to lure two corporate headquarters and almost 2,000 jobs;Hotels, restaurant operators prep for record Final Four;Star-Telegram presses roll one last time; Robert Rodriguez breathes new life into an old vampire favorite; ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance;and more.