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1. ENERGY MARKETS:

Shale gale is blowing business to wind power in Texas -- report

HOUSTON -- Texas' natural gas boom is proving a boon to the state's substantial wind power energy industry as well, a consulting house concludes in a new report. The Brattle Group, commissioned earlier to assess Texas' expanding power grid and electricity market for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), took aim at comparing and contrasting the state's fleet of natural gas power plants and its massive wind farms. In "Partnering Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT," written for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition, analysts took stock of how well wind has been performing ever since the shale gas revolution transformed the energy market here.

2. OIL AND GAS:

N.M. county on fracking ban: 'We're not done yet'

MORA, N.M. -- One of the nation's strictest fracking bans just got stricter. In late April, Mora County, a bucolic swath of grasslands and pine-spiked mesas in northern New Mexico, adopted what proponents tout as the nation's first countywide prohibition on fracking. At a county commission meeting here last night, the commissioners upped the ante, unanimously voting to expand the ban to individuals as well as corporations.

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