Texas Energy Independence

Filed under: Industry Info

Independence Plus Globalization – a Formula for Success in Texas

You probably haven’t seen this on the nightly news, but Texas is doing much better economically than the rest of the nation.

Part of this State’s success is, of course, a gift from nature. Texas produces oil and natural gas – and wind. But the independent political atmosphere has played a large part in how those resources fuel the economy.

Texas has its own electricity grid – not connected to the rest of the country. That gave Texas the ability to move swiftly in deregulating power markets, building transmission lines, and pursuing the development of wind energy. They didn’t need to get permission because there was no Federal jurisdiction and their plans did not affect other states.

As a result, Texas now produces more wind energy than any other state – enough to power 3 million homes and provide more than 10,000 jobs. The independent power grid allows that energy to be distributed across the state.

Due to dedication and innovation, Texas is now a leader in the manufacture of equipment, engineering and software needed for oil, gas, and wind energy production. And that’s where globalization comes in. Asian, Latin American and African countries are using products from Texas to build their economies.

As of this year, Texas provides about 10% of the nation’s total exports and provides more than 700,000 jobs geared to manufacturing goods for export.

The variety and number of energy-related jobs have kept Texas unemployment levels low – only 8.2% compared to a reported 10% nationwide and up to 22% in some states. Instead of losing jobs, Texas was adding jobs through August of 2008, and began adding them again in the fall of 2009.

But strong regulation and financial restraint also helped to protect Texas from the mortgage / credit crisis that’s having such a devastating effect on the American economy.

Relaxed zoning codes and abundant land kept speculation down and prevented the kind of “Housing bubble” that has plagued states like Florida, Arizona, and California. While those states and many others have seen home values drop as much as 67%, home values in Texas fell only 7% from their peak in 2007, and are once again rising at a steady but gradual rate.

As might be expected based on those facts, mortgage delinquency rates in Texas are also low – 5.78% compared to 8.78% nationwide. But there was another factor at play – a Texas State Law prohibits consumers from using home-equity lines of credit to borrow more than 80% of the value of their homes. That law alone probably saved thousands of homeowners from putting themselves in the “upside down” position that faces so many distressed homeowners today.

Texas is getting a lot of things right – and that puts them in a position to help lead the U.S. out of the mire and into an economic turnaround.

I think Texas and Texans have a right to be proud.

Mistie Fairchild is a staff writer for Pantex Energy. Pantex Energy provides Texas Electricity Service for the entire deregulated area of the State of Texas.

Author: Mistie Fairchild
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
Smiling shark

Priority Job Opportunities in High Tech & Green Energy

Filed under: Industry Info, Jobs/Employment

This week’s top priorities, hot opportunities, and great all around career positions:

Green Sectors

#16092 Systems Engineer. Infrastructure Development / Renewable Energy.NJ.
#16257 Market Development Director. Solar Inverter Manufacturer. TX.
#16259 National Sales Director. Solar Inverter Manufacturer. TX or CA.

High Tech Sectors

#16133 Corporate Account Executive. 3D Conceptual Mapping. Boston.
#16263 R&D Software Engineer. Targeted Advertising Software. MA.
#16333 Voice Applications Developer / Mobility Applications. Telecommunications. NY.
#16362 Senior Front End Web Developer. So. Cal. Social Media Applications.
#16415 UI Designer. Mobile Infrastructure Products. South Bay Area.
#16459 Mobile/iPhone Developer – Mobility Applications. Telecommunications. NY.
#16460 Junior and Senior Ruby Talent. Social Mobile Space. SF & LA.

Search all jobs on the Redfish Job Search Page, and check the priority jobs and discussion on Linked In Group: Redfish Technology: Jobs in High Tech & Green Energy

How the Right IT Solutions Can Save Your Company Money

Filed under: High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info

In this new era of fiscal responsibility and uncertain economic times, all businesses are looking for ways they can save money and be more productive. Information technology (IT) enables companies to be more efficient and effective; it can help them save money. Leveraging the right technologies by adopting recent advances in IT allows companies to enhance value and gain a competitive advantage.

Here are six key recommendations on how IT solutions can help save your business money:

1. Internet-Based Software SolutionsRead more »

iPhone v. Android. Adobe abandons Apple iPhone app development, to focus on Android

Filed under: High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info

 

iPhone v. Android

Apple has booted Flash and other technologies from the iPhone. The new iPhone developer license restricts a number applications built with technologies including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5, prompting Adobe to abandon further iPhone apps development and to warn developers that Apple may remove content and applications created with Flash from the iTunes store.

Apple’s move constricting iPhone developers is not being well received in many camps. Mike Chambers, Adobe Principal Product Manager for Flash, has written an interesting article on this subject. Chambers writes that “there is no technical reason that Flash can’t run on the iPhone” and that now Adobe will be focusing on other platforms, namely Android.

Android phones and tablets have been running Flash and other technology that Apple has excluded. 80% of internet sites have some form of Flash, and it is rather easy to port games created with Flash that target the iPhone to target other operating systems, such as Android – good news for gamers and all the rest of us.

Will Apple’s iPhone closed platform decision mark a major shift in development of apps? Apple’s first quarter 2010 earnings report showed iPhone sales up 131%, so maybe they won’t notice right away.

Related articles:

TechSpot: Adobe halts further iPhone development, focuses on Android

Mike Chambers: On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications

Will the Android Market suddenly see an influx of Flash-based apps?

Apple vs. Adobe Flash War: Winners and Losers

Where does the growth come from? A Quick Look at Venture Capital Trends

Filed under: High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info, Tech Trends

Where does the growth come from? – A Quick Look at Venture Capital Trends

“New and young companies and the entrepreneurs that create them are the engines of job creation and eventual economic recovery” according to the Kauffman Foundation. Both start-ups and young companies (age 2-5 years) account for the net job creation in the American economy; larger companies tend to grow by mergers and acquisitions. Investment is critical to funding startup and young companies. Venture Capital trends were dismal in 2008 and 2009, but are showing a comeback in Q4 2009 and Q1 2010. Read more »

A Renewable Energy Plan For 2030

Filed under: Industry Info

Despite all of the recent negative publicity surrounding fossil fuels, crude oil and natural gas has been beneficial for the growth of our modern world. It has helped the population have life after dark, transportation of goods all over the world, and allowed technology to advance. However, the use of fossil fuels has also resulted in many negative consequences: it has created severe pollution, political conflict, economic control and total dependence of countries that lack this natural resource.

The supply of fossil fuels is limited, and it is only located in certain areas of the world. The demand for fossil fuels creates conflicts which threaten peace. Countries that have adequate fossil fuel supplies could potentially threaten the security and economy of countries that are dependent upon these countries. In addition, there have been many estimates made about the amount of fossil fuels left in the world. These estimates are dependent upon the population growth, and how much the actual fossil fuel consumption increases in the near future. Read more »

Software As a Service (SaaS) Software on Demand – Using SaaS the Smart Way

Filed under: High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info

Software as a Service (SaaS) Today’s business world demands that business owners quickly adapt to a changing environment. Businesses can improve internal operations when they are able to adapt to emerging technologies trends to reduce operational costs and ultimately improve service to clients. Businesses that fail to adapt find that attempting to function using old, supposedly tried-and-true methods and technologies can cost them significant amounts of money. Read more »