Erin currently reports on business for the Houston Chronicle. Previously, she completed internships at Bloomberg and The Denver Post. In college, she served as the editor-in-chief of her college newspaper, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Houston Chronicle: Texas has enough sun and wind to quit coal, Rice researchers say
“There is nowhere else in the world better positioned to operate without coal than Texas is.”
Texas is one of the only places where the natural patterns of wind and sun could produce power around the clock.
Houston Chronicle: Regulators approve power market change expected to raise costs
Texas’ power companies have long pressed regulators for relief from a competitive market that hurt their profits. Their demands were met with a change to the way wholesale electricity markets work in the state.
The move is expected to increase electricity prices for consumers and businesses by hundreds of millions of dollars per year, by some estimates.
Related: Power companies lost the fight over transmission costs in Texas, in a win for renewables.
Houston Chronicle: Federal employees in Houston squeezed as payday comes without paycheck
Linda Hernandez makes $62,000 per year as a secretary at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Houston, a salary she supplements by picking up overtime shifts as a corrections officer. Now, she’s not getting paid for either.
Related: Houston businesses stepped up to help affected workers.
notable clips —
“Everybody missed this in our industry.”
In 16 months, new standards will descend on a corner of the global oil market that may disrupt fuel supplies crucial to transportation industries like trucking, airlines, railroads and ships. The rules could boost diesel prices by 20 percent to 30 percent. Truckers and airlines have done little to prepare.
Selling the family farm is no longer unthinkable. Isolated in remote and struggling communities while young people flee, older farmers face new mental health battles. Colorado has responded by extending a crisis hotline to rural areas in the state.
In the midst of a red-hot real estate market, a shortage of skilled construction laborers in Colorado is nearing a crisis level. By 2025 there could be 96,000 vacancies. It was the perfect storm: record low unemployment, an aging workforce, young people in college, massive layoffs during the recession, less affordable housing and a booming economy with a huge demand for work.
Bloomberg oil market coverage —
- Oil Edges Higher on Anticipated U.S.-China Trade Talks
- Oil Sinks to 10-Week Low After Surprise U.S. Stockpile Build
- Americans Keep Driving While Pump Prices Edge Higher
- Higher Oil Prices Will Cost the Average American Family $440 This Year
examples from the wire —
Denver Post policy and politics coverage —
- At Cory Gardner’s Greeley town hall, conversation stubbornly keys on health care
- National Parks to receive $53 million in federal-private partner grant
- Starting Aug. 9, you can break into a hot car to save a kid or dog — legally
everything ever (online) —