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Texas Nuclear Power Plants Seek New Workforce

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. 

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Florida Firm Acquires Texas Telecommunications Company ITG, Inc.

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. 

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U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Commission Microgrid at Fort Bliss

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. 

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$650 million Power Plant to be built in the Harlingen Industrial Park

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. 


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Texas Nuclear Reactor Restarts, Four Months After Fire
Four months after a fire in January, one of Texas’ four nuclear reactor units is being restarted, bringing to an end the unit's second prolonged shutdown in two years.  Full Story »
Kate Galbraith for the Texas Tribune

In Some Towns, Oil Boom Pushing Electricity Prices Up

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. 

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El Paso Power Plant Draws Community Opposition

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. 

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Generational Capital Markets Announces the Substantial Asset Acquisition of Water Products of Oklahoma, Arkansas Water Products and Municipal Water Wo

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"). 

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Willbros Wins Two Texas Transmission Construction Projects in Texas

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON— Willbros Group Inc.  announced that two units of its Utility T&D segment have been awarded transmission construction projects in Texas. 

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St. Louis-based Firm Buys Waco Smart Grid Solutions Provider

Texas Business reports:  WACO—St. Louis-based ESCO Technologies Inc.  acquired the assets of Metrum Technologies LLC, a smart grid solutions provider based in Waco, Texas. 

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Fort Worth’s G4S-SJC Won a $25.9 Million For Water Plant

Texas Business reports: A Fort Worth firm won a $25.9 million contract to design and construct a Navy water plant, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.


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ERCOT sets new wind power record

Texas Business reports: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, (ERCOT), grid operator for most of the state, set a new wind record on Nov.10, 2012. 

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Texas Public Power Pool Selects Constellation to Supply Low-Cost Electricity to Members

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Public Power Pool (P3) selected Constellation to supply its members with 2.7 million megawatt- hours of electricity following a competitive bidding process. 

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Houston’s GDF Suez Energy Wins $8.7 Million Energy Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won an $8.7 million contract  to provide electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Austin Wants to Know Where the Wells Are | water,
Austin Wants to Know Where the Wells Are

The City of Austin is stepping into the fierce battle over water rights and regulation in Texas. 

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Westlake Securities Represents Applied Natural Gas Fuels in Capital Raise for Expansion of Natural Gas Liquefaction Plant

 Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Westlake Securities, LLC, a middle-market investment bank, announces the completion of a debt and equity placement for Applied Natural Gas Fuels Inc.  

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Comptroller Awards $3 Million to Texas Community Colleges for Training Equipment

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.

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NASA Satellite Measurements Imply Texas Wind Farm Impact On Surface Temperature

 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.

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Houston's Champion Energy Wins $7.5 Million Military Energy Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won a $7.5 million contract to supply electricity to a U.S. air force base near Wichita Falls, Texas, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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enXco Acquires Texas Wind Development Assets From Cielo Wind Power   | amar_txbz, aust_txbz, Cielo, wind power, Tristan Grimbert, Walter Hornaday,
enXco Acquires Texas Wind Development Assets From Cielo Wind Power

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.


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Energy Transfer Partners Closes $2.85 Billion Propane Deal

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.


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Quanta Services Selected by American Electric Power to Rebuild Over 900 Miles of Transmission Infrastructure

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. 

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EPA Issues First Greenhouse Gas Permit in Texas

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. 

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Direct Energy Closes Acquisition of First Choice Power

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.


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El Paso Electric Invests In Solar Technology | El Paso Electric, solar technology, green,
El Paso Electric Invests In Solar Technology

Texas Business reports: EL PASO—SolFocus and its solar developer partner Solar Smart Living, completed a 53 kW concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) installation which will be owned by El Paso Electric.


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Wind Energy Services Company (WES) Announces Partnering Agreement with MFG Wind Turbine Component Factories

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.


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Duke Energy Announces Turbine Suppliers for Texas Wind Farms

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.


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Fluor Becomes Majority Investor in NuScale Power and Enters Small Modular Reactor Market

Texas Business reports:  IRVING— Fluor Corporation committed to making an investment exceeding $30 million in NuScale Power LLC., an Oregon-based small modular reactor   technology company.


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Riverstone Holdings Acquires Seven Gas-Fired Power Generation Facilities

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.


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Navarro Utility To Receive $15.8 Million USDA Loan

Texas Business reports:  Navarro County Electric Cooperative Inc. will receive a $15.8 million loan to make grid improvements.


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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 »
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Wind Energy Transmission Texas LLC Finalizes Half-Billion Construction Financing Loan

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Wind Energy Transmission Texas LLC executed a loan of over a half-billion dollars with a consortium of financial institutions.


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ERCOT in level 1 emergency; Possible Texas Brownouts

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). 


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Shaw Renews Nuclear Maintenance Contract with South Texas Project

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.


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Sandia National Laboratories is moving its wind energy test facility to Texas Tech University.

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.


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Houston Firm Wins $43.9 Million Natural Gas Contract | hou_txbz, natural gas, BP,
Houston Firm Wins $43.9 Million Natural Gas Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm wins a $43.9 million defense contract to provide natural gas.


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PSEG Power Agrees To Sell Odessa Power Plant For $335 Million | odes_txbz, PSEG, PSEG Power, New Jersey, Public Service Enterprise, Odessa Power, West Texas, Energy Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs,
PSEG Power Agrees To Sell Odessa Power Plant For $335 Million

Texas Business reports:  New Jersey-based PSEG Power LLC, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group today announced that it has agreed to the sale of its remaining Texas generating asset.

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Texas Clean Energy Project to Sell Power to CPS Energy in 25-year PPA | TCEP, Penwell, Odessa, Doyle Beneby, CPS Energy, Summit Power Group, Texas Clean Energy,
Texas Clean Energy Project to Sell Power to CPS Energy in 25-year PPA

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. 

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GreenHunter Energy Raises $3 Million In Equity | dal_ftw_txbz, equity, GreenHunter Energy, Gary C. Evans, West Coast Opportunity Fund,
GreenHunter Energy Raises $3 Million In Equity

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. 

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Aqua America Completes Major Expansion in Texas with Purchase of Water Systems from American Water | hou_txbz, Baytown, Chambers County, Jefferson County, Texas Business, Liberty County, Gray Utility, Aqua America, American Water Works, Texas water, Gulf Coast, Aqua Texas, Nicholas DeBenedictis, natural gas, waste water, wastewater,
Aqua America Completes Major Expansion in Texas with Purchase of Water Systems from American Water
Texas Business reports:  Aqua America Inc., the largest publicly traded water utility in the state of Texas, announced today that its Texas subsidiary has completed the purchase of American Water Works Company Inc.’s regulated Texas operations, significantly expanding its Texas customer base. Full Story »
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Baltimore’s Constellation Energy to Buy Houston Retail Electric Provider For $142.5 Million | hou_txbz, StarTex Power, Baltimore, Maryland, Constellation energy, all-cash, Mark Huston, Zlotnik, Inc. Magazine, MXenergy, Connecticut, Canada, Credit Suisse, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, BGE,
Baltimore’s Constellation Energy to Buy Houston Retail Electric Provider For $142.5 Million

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.


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Here Enterprises Advances Toward Sale of Wind Power, Files Distributed Generation Renewable Energy Service Application | sanant_txbz, Here Enterprises, Floresville, Texas, wind energy, renewable, wind turbine, Cycle Ranch, Floresville Electric Light, FELPS, Talon variable pitch turbine, grid-tie, UL, Mark Ryun,
Here Enterprises Advances Toward Sale of Wind Power, Files Distributed Generation Renewable Energy Service Application

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.

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Construction Begins on Webberville Solar, One of the Largest Solar PV Systems in the U.S. | Webberville, Fotowatio Renewable, Renewable Energy Systems, Austin Energy, Larry Weis, Bayerische Landesbank, BayernLB, Webberville Solar, Travis County, Williamson County, Jose Benjumea, Tim Lasocki, Trina Solar, Bavaria,

Largest solar photovoltaic system near Austin to be operational by year end.
Construction Begins on Webberville Solar, One of the Largest Solar PV Systems in the U.S.

Texas Business reports: Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)  closed financing and began construction on the 30 megawatt (MW) Webberville Solar project just outside of Austin.


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TXU Energy To Install 120 Electric Vehicle Charging Station | dal_ftw_txbz, EV, electric vehicle, charging station, department of energy, Evgo,electricity, electrons, electron transfer, energy, energy transfer, energy storage, energy logistics,
TXU Energy To Install 120 Electric Vehicle Charging Station

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.


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Forced Outage List – ERCOT Final Update Posted | ERCOT, electric reliability council, rolling blackout, super bowl, forced outage, utiliy, unit name, severe weather, weather event,
Forced Outage List – ERCOT Final Update Posted

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.


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South Texas Project Development Slowed to Await Guidance on Nuclear Generation Regulatory Requirements | NRG, NINA, nuclear, earthquake, tsunami, hou_txbz, Bay City, corp_chr_txbz

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South Texas Project Development Slowed to Await Guidance on Nuclear Generation Regulatory Requirements

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.


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GE Energy Buys Plano’s Lineage Power | lineage power, GE Energy, Plano, datacenter, data storage, networking, computing, dal_ftw_txbz,
GE Energy Buys Plano’s Lineage Power

Texas Business reports:    GE   completed the acquisition of Plano’s privately-held  Lineage Power Holdings, Inc. from The Gores Group LLC.


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Kentucky Firm To Buy Houston’s My Affordable Energy LLC | hou_txbz, dynastar, my affordable energy, direct marketing, energy provider,
Kentucky Firm To Buy Houston’s My Affordable Energy LLC

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.


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State Power Emergency Impacts Oncor Customers | Oncor, dal_ftw_txbz, shrm_den_txbz, ERCOT, Oncor,
State Power Emergency Impacts Oncor Customers

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.


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Texas Power Emergency, Rotating Power Outages | 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.
Texas Power Emergency, Rotating Power Outages

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.


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PSEG Power Enters Into Agreement to Sell Odessa, Guadalupe Power Plants | odes_txbz, brn_har_txbz, elp_txbz, lar_txbz,  mca_edi_miss_txbz,
PSEG Power Enters Into Agreement to Sell Odessa, Guadalupe Power Plants

Texas Business reports:  PSEG Power, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group is selling its Texas generating plants. 


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Oncor to seek rate increase that would boost average bill $5 a month
Texas Business notes this story by Elizabeth Sowder of the Dallas Morning News:  Oncor Electric Delivery will ask regulators today for permission to increase the average customer's bill by about $5 a month. Full Story »

Siemens Energy Buys eHouse Manufacturing Business of IES | hou_txbz, Seimens Energy, eHouse, Tesla Power, IES,
Siemens Energy Buys eHouse Manufacturing Business of IES

Texas Business reports: A Florida firm acquired a division of a Houston utility. 

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Midland’s STW Resources to Deploy Mobile Fleet of Aquatech For Water Reclamation At Pennsylvania Oil And Gas Wellheads | STW Resources, Aquatech, hydraulic fracture, reclamation,
Midland’s STW Resources to Deploy Mobile Fleet of Aquatech For Water Reclamation At Pennsylvania Oil And Gas Wellheads

Texas Business reports:  STW Resources Holding Corporation, a Midland water reclamation services company, signed an agreement with Aquatech International of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. 

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Houston Firm Wins $34 Million Nasa Energy Contract | hou_txbz, Reliant Energy, Nasa, Johnson Space Center,

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Houston Firm Wins $34 Million Nasa Energy Contract

Texas Business reports: A Houston firm won a $34.2 million energy contract to supply NASA.


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Houston Firm Wins $44.5 Million U.S. Utility Contract | hou_txbz, Constellation New Energy, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir,
Houston Firm Wins $44.5 Million U.S. Utility Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won a $44.5 million contract to provide electricity to the U.S. government, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.


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Austin Energy Company Bought for $350 Million
Texas Business reports: NRG Energy Inc., the New Jersey firm that operates Reliant Energy of Texas, acquired Austin’s Green Mountain Energy Company for $350 million in cash. Full Story »
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Washington State Firm To Operate Waco Area Power Plant | wac_txbz, Sandy Creek Energy, NAES, ITOCHU, Issaquah, coal, Powder River Basin, Overland Contracting, Gilbert Industrial, Zachry Construction,
Washington State Firm To Operate Waco Area Power Plant
Texas Business reports:  A Washington state company will provide operations and maintenance services for a Riesel power plant near Waco. Full Story »
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Houston Utility Wins $39 Million Army Electricity Contract | hou_txbz, Reliant Energy, Defense Logistics Agency,
Houston Utility Wins $39 Million Army Electricity Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston utility won a $39 million contract to supply electricity to the army, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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