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Houston is the Energy Capital of the World and the "brain trust" for virtually every segment of the oil and gas industry, from exploration and production to transmission and marketing. The region is also increasingly focused on renewable forms of energy technology including wind and solar. 
Houston employs nearly a third of the nation's jobs in oil and gas extraction. The region is home to 4,800 energy-related firms and remains at the forefront of foreign investment in energy - particularly in Mexico.

Business Climate

Houston's high concentration of energy expertise and experience has meant a large number of relocations to the Houston region since Shell left New York for Houston in 1971. In Houston, you'll have access to three million workers and more more engineers than any other U.S. metro. With more than 700 exploration and production firms, 800 oilfield service companies and more than 80 pipeline transportation establishments, Houston is truly the Energy Capital of the World.

Energy Employment
Energy-related Establishments
Publicly Traded Oil & Gas Firms
40 out of 134
Barrels of Crude Oil Processed
Nearly 2.6M
Engineering Location Quotient

Additionally, new energy technologies such as hydraulic fracturing and deep water offshore technology began or are centered in Houston. On top of this, Houston's petrochemical sector is experiencing record level growth with $50 billion in dollars of facility construction underway.

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1.7 million

Houston can potentially power 1.7 million homes with solar energy

17 percent

Wind energy's part of all in-state electricity production in Texas


Texas ranks #1 in the country for wind capacity

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