El Paso Electric files transportation electrification plan with the New Mexico PRC

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El Paso Electric (EPE) has filed its Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP) with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission ( NMPRC ) for approval. El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 441,200 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000-square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.

Kinder Morgan to purchase El Paso for approximately $38B to form largest natural gas pipeline network and largest midstream energy enterprise in North America

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KMI) and El Paso Corporation on Sunday announced a definitive agreement whereby KMI will acquire all of the outstanding shares of EP in a transaction that will create the largest midstream and the fourth-largest energy company in North America with an enterprise value of approximately $94 billion and 80,000 miles of pipelines. Kinder Morgan, Inc.


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Tesla supplier Pegatron is building a parts plant in Texas


Recent reports have indicated that Taiwan’s Pegatron has selected a site in El Paso, Texas, for an upcoming production facility that would provide parts for American electric car maker Tesla.

SpaceX’s fourth Falcon booster delivery this year hints at rare production uptick


Driving along I-10 West toward El Paso early this morning, spotted what I'm almost certain was a Falcon 9 first stage trucking eastbound.

NIST awards nearly $4M to support metals-based additive manufacturing

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University of Texas at El Paso ($1 million). The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to help accelerate the adoption of new measurement methods and standards to advance US competitiveness in metals-based additive manufacturing (AM).

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UPS makes largest purchase of renewable natural gas yet in the US: 170M gallon equivalents over 7 years

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El Paso, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Kan.; UPS announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest commitment for use of RNG to date by any company in the United States, with a range of 22.5 - 25 million gallon equivalents per year.

2019 214

UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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El Paso, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Kan.; UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. The CNG fueling stations and vehicle purchases totaling $100 million are part of UPS’ ongoing commitment to diversify its fuel sources and reduce its environmental impact.

2016 210

Shell and Kinder Morgan plan to export LNG from the United States

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Shell US Gas & Power LLC (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, and Southern Liquefaction Company, LLC, a Kinder Morgan company and unit of El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. NYSE: EPB), intend to form a limited liability company to develop a natural gas liquefaction plant in two phases at Southern LNG Company, LLC’s (Southern LNG) existing Elba Island LNG Terminal, near Savannah, Ga.

2013 200

TravelCenters of America LLC planning to install 50 on-island DEF dispensers in 2011

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TA’s on-island DEF dispenser installations will further add to current capacity; the first five locations are the TravelCenters of America in Lodi, OH and Nashville, TN (reopening February 2011) and the Petro Stopping Centers locations in Spokane, WA, Kingman, AZ and El Paso, TX. TravelCenters of America LLC confirmed its on-island DEF (diesel exhaust fluid for use with selective catalytic reduction exhaust aftertreatment systems) dispenser roll-out.

2010 183

Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership forms; applying for national designation

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El Paso Area — Tornillo/Guadalupe Port of Entry. Cities and regions across Texas are partnering with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to form the Texas Automated Vehicle (AV) Proving Ground Partnership.

2017 150

Record $86B in 2011 US oil and gas upstream deals, led by unconventional sector with $62B

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Other large deals in the market include: 1) the E&P portfolio of El Paso Corporation; 2) EnerVest partnerships seeking another Utica shale JV partner or outright sale via a process anticipated in mid-2012 and; 3) Chesapeake working three JV deals (Williston basin, Mississippian and a third undisclosed area). In the largest corporate M&A deal of the year across all industries in the United States in 2011, Kinder Morgan acquired El Paso Corporation for $37.8

2012 200

BP Biofuels, Texas AgriLife Research partner to advance cellulosic biofuel feedstock development

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It consists of its College Station headquarters, 13 research centers reaching from El Paso to Beaumont and Amarillo to Weslaco, and associated research stations. BP Biofuels and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System, have signed a three-year agreement to develop and commercialize cellulosic feedstocks for the production of advanced biofuels.

2012 212

Embark, Frigidaire, and Ryder partner to pilot Level 2 automated driving technology for Class 8 trucks

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During the pilot, a Ryder Dedicated Transportation Solutions driver picks up a trailer filled with Frigidaire brand refrigerators at a yard in El Paso, TX, and drives it through the city to a transition point along the I-10—one of the highest truck volume corridors in the US. Embark, a startup developing self-driving truck technology ( earlier post ), is partnering with Frigidaire and Ryder System to pilot a series of automated driving technology tests.

2017 150

NSF awards $55.5M to support 3 new Engineering Research Centers; one focused on power electronics

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NEWT will be led by Rice University in partnership with Arizona State University, the University of Texas at El Paso and Yale University. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $55.5 million in three new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to create novel technology platforms and transform industries.

2015 188

Alabama Project Testing Potential for Combining CO2 Storage with Enhanced Methane Recovery

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Southern Company, El Paso Exploration & Production, the Geological Survey of Alabama, and the University of Alabama are all participating in the field test, known as the Black Warrior CO 2 Storage Project. Earlier, an existing coalbed methane well operated by El Paso Exploration & Production had been converted for CO 2 injection, and four wells drilled to monitor reservoir pressure, gas composition, water quality, and the CO 2 plume.

Sunoco Idles Eagle Point Refinery; Will Evaluate Feasibility of Using it to Produce Alternative Fuels in the Future

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Sunoco purchased the Eagle Point Refinery in January 2004 from El Paso Corporation. Sunoco, Inc. is indefinitely idling all process units at its Eagle Point refinery located in Westville, New Jersey in an effort to reduce losses in its refining business at a time when a recessionary economy, weak demand for refined products, and increased global refining capacity have created margin pressure on the entire refining industry.

2009 183

Texas Mineral Resources to establish lithium subsidiary to market Round Top lithium

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s primary focus is exploring and, if warranted, developing its Round Top heavy rare earth and industrial minerals project located in Hudspeth County, Texas, 85 miles east of El Paso. Texas Mineral Resources Corp.

2016 150

NIST awards $7.4M in grants for additive manufacturing research

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The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is awarding grants totaling $7.4 million to fund two research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for the rapidly developing field of additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a group of new technologies that build up objects, usually by laying down many thin layers on top of each other.

2013 273

UTEP Awarded Nearly $1.3M for 4 DOE Projects On Engine and Turbine Efficiency and CO2 Capture

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The Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded The University of Texas at El Paso grants totaling nearly $1.3 million for research to improve the efficiency of engines and creating technologies for detecting, capturing and storing carbon emissions. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Chintalapalle V. Ramana, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ahsan Choudhuri, Ph.D.,

2009 163

Rice University study of lung cells suggests anthropogenic carbon nanotubes are common pollutants

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the MWCNTs observed in the lungs of Parisian children are similar to those detected in dust and vehicle exhaust samples collected in the Parisian area as well as to synthetic MWCNTs, to MWCNTS found in ambient air samples collected in El Paso and Houston, and those trapped in domestic spider webs in Kanpur (India).

2015 207

DOE to Award $1.5M to Three Syngas and H2 Turbine Technology Projects

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University of Texas-El Paso. The US Department of Energy selected three projects under the Office of Fossil Energy’s University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program for awards totaling approximately $1.5 million. University researchers will investigate the chemistry and physics of advanced turbines, with the goal of promoting clean and efficient operation when fueled with coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and hydrogen fuels.

2009 150

INRIX analysis identifies top 10 US cities for highly autonomous vehicles; prioritizing corridors for deployment

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El Paso. INRIX, a leading global connected car services and transportation analytics company, has created a scalable and customizable scoring system to prioritize corridors for the deployment of highly autonomous vehicles (HAVs).

2017 150

NAMII awarding $9M to 15 additive manufacturing projects

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University of Texas - El Paso (Lockheed Martin; Northrop Grumman Corporation; rp+m, Inc.; America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), recently announced the awardees of its second call for additive manufacturing (AM) applied research and development projects from its members. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes will provide $9 million in funding toward these 15 projects with $10.3

2014 200

A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Wants to Visit Your School

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PRLog (Press Release) – Feb 06, 2009 – The "Spirit of DC's" on the road again on its Sun Belt Grand Finale from San Francisco to Washington, DC. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around America (PHEV3A) tour with "EVJerry" Asher driving started last year on Earth Day, in front of the Nation’s Capitol. The plug-in hybrid vehicle the “Spirit of DC" was designed to run on electricity alone for about 10 miles before reverting back to acting like an ordinary hybrid.

Hey, Ford, Can You Sell Us A Lobo Relámpago? (+ Other Funny Ideas)


Growing up in El Paso, the automotive scenery was just a little different. Sure, El Paso has all of the typical American cars you’d expect, but you also see things on the street that aren’t for sale in the States.

Tesla Model Y Big Family Test: Mostly Good, But There Might Be One Death Star–Type Weakness


I noticed recently that El Paso, Texas, got a Tesla showroom. This is good news for the whole region, because you’d previously have to drive to Phoenix, Dallas, or Denver to check one out in person.

Pegatron Will Build A Tesla Parts Plant In Texas


Pegatron, a company based out of Taiwan, will build a plant in El Paso, Texas, that will provide components for Tesla, Reuters reports. Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Green Economy Manufacturing El Paso Pegatron Tesla Texas