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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced $1,427,034.00 of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to develop cost-efficient and effective ways to mitigate methane emissions from natural gas pipelines and storage infrastructure. The research will also seek to improve the quantification of the sources, volumes, and rates of methane emissions.
San Antonio, TX – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced a $3,279,208.00 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). The DOE funding will support an SwRI project to make coal-based power generation more efficient, cleaner, and less expensive. SwRI is collaborating on the project – entitled “Pre-Project Planning for a Flameless Pressurized Oxy-combustion Pilot Plant” – with ITEA S.p.A., Jacobs, the Electric Power Research Institute, General Electric Global Research, and Peter Reineck Associates.
Congressman Castro helps lead a Foreign Affairs Committee Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing on oil prices and energy security in the Americas.
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after voting in opposition of H.R. 702, legislation to lift the United States' ban on crude oil exports:
San Antonio, TX - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement regarding the Department of Commerce's approval of limited sales of U.S. crude oil to Mexico:
"I applaud the decision by President Obama and the Department of Commerce to allow crude oil export swaps with Mexico. Swapping Mexican heavy crude with light sweet crude from the U.S. will better integrate our energy sectors and deepen our economic relationship. More importantly, this will significantly benefit Texas crude producers and our state's economy.