A programme to bring plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the streets of Houston is being launched on Tuesday by Reliant Energy, which is backed by one of the nation’s largest power producers, NRG Energy.
The programme includes converting 10 Toyota Prius cars, owned by the city of Houston, to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and installing 10 vehicle-charging stations to power them. Seven of the 10 charging stations will be open to use by the public, representing the biggest public charging infracture in Texas.
The goal is to raise consumer awareness and education about plug-in electric cars and promote Houston and Texas as an electric vehicle center.
Starter for 10: Which is the world’s third largest natural gas consuming country?
The announcement by Devon Energy that it will sell its Gulf of Mexico and international assets to generate up to $7.5bn, so it can focus its attention on the north American onshore assets and retire debt, underlines the growing significance of the US natural gas play.
Devon, which has been an early investor in the natural gas play, with its leading position in the Barnett Shale, must believe that future returns lie with natural gas trapped in shale across the US. Indeed, a lot of the independents do.
UN links climate with hunger
World can’t achieve food security without tackling global warming, says Ban Ki-Moon (FT)
Copenhagen hope fading, warns Seychelles
‘Copenhagen was a beacon of hope, but its brightness is fading’ (FT)
Essar to buy stake in Dhabi group’s Africa telecom assets
Total enterprise value of Uganda and Congo operation is $318m (WSJ)
Devon to offload international assets
US oil-gas group looking to sell assets for up to $7.5bn (FT)
South Korea to cut greenhouse emissions 30% by 2020
Move comes as a binding global accord on climate change appears unlikely (Bloomberg)
Copenhagen is only the beginning
It will not be the last word in climate change negotiations (FT)
Doosan focuses energy on renewables
South Korea’s biggest power plant maker is stepping up its shift (FT)