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Feds Release Arctic Drilling Review

November 2, 2014 8:25 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency acknowledges that there is a 75 percent chance that one or more large oil spills of 42,000 gallons or more could occur if leases are developed. A supplemental review assumes an extraction of 4.3 billion barrels over the life of the leases.

Oil Company Lawsuit Bill Deemed Unconstitutional

November 2, 2014 8:20 pm | by Kevin McGill, AP | News | Comments

Judge Janice Clark's decision came a day after two of the smaller players in the suit agreed to a settlement with the New Orleans-area board, which entailed a $50,000 payment for the two Texas companies.                                      

China's Economic Slowdown Hurts Globally, But Not U.S.

November 2, 2014 8:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP | News | Comments

The United States has been recovering steadily as China's economy has weakened. China was growing at a double-digit pace in 2010, when the U.S. was still struggling to escape the recession. Now, the U.S. economy has expanded at a four percent annual pace over the past six months.

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North Dakota Tribe To Drill Its Own Wells

November 2, 2014 7:52 pm | by Josh Wood, AP | News | Comments

While the 1,300-plus wells currently on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation produce roughly a third of North Dakota's daily output, the tribe only receives a fraction of money generated through royalties and a tax-sharing agreement with the state. That's why the four new wells will be important, say tribal councilmen.

Crude Exports Continue To Rise

October 31, 2014 1:15 pm | News | Comments

The United States exported its highest level of crude oil in 57 years, and since April, crude exports have included modest amounts of Canadian-produced barrels that were moved through the United States and then re-exported to Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Singapore.

Columbia Coal Mine Collapses - Trapping Miners

October 31, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

A specialized mine rescue team, as well as other searchers, are working at the scene. Antioquia Gov. Sergio Fajardo says it is likely to take three days to reach the men in a "very complicated" rescue operation.             

Consumer Index Reaches 7-Year High

October 31, 2014 12:51 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The solid increase suggests consumers largely dismissed concerns about slowing global growth and have ignored the sharp swings in financial markets earlier this month. Instead, greater hiring and lower gas prices are boosting their outlook.

Gas Falls To Nationwide Average Of Under $3

October 31, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 33 cents in October, landing at $3.00, according to AAA. The average will fall under $3 by early Saturday morning for the first time in four years. When the national average crossed above $3 a gallon in December of 2010, drivers weren't sure they'd ever see $2.99 again.

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Exxon's Earnings Rise On Refining, Chemical Business

October 31, 2014 12:34 pm | by Jonathan Fahey,AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon's oil and gas production fell 4.7 percent compared with the same period a year ago, driven mostly by lower natural gas production and the expiration earlier this year of Exxon's rights to production at a field in Abu Dhabi.        

Colder Weather Drives Forecast Of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions

October 30, 2014 11:07 am | by Today In Energy | News | Comments

In the long term, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations are a very significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting emissions.

Ukraine-Russia Gas Talks Deadlocked

October 30, 2014 10:51 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Talks to guarantee that Russian gas imports flow into Ukraine throughout the winter appeared to be at an impasse Thursday because of doubts over payments from Kiev.               

Costs Rise Another $496M At Kemper Plant

October 29, 2014 11:05 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $496 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $6.1 billion.            

Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas For Solar Power

October 28, 2014 10:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number of drivers in the U.S. are powering their cars with sunlight.                   

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Weather-Driven Energy Intensity Increase Led To Higher Emissions In 2013

October 23, 2014 11:17 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased in 2013 by 129 million metric tons (2.5%), the largest increase since 2010 and the fourth-largest increase since 1990.                                           

New Policymaking Tool For Shift Toward Renewable Energy

October 23, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. 

Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel?

October 23, 2014 10:57 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel.                                       

$100M Power Plan Planned For Michigan

October 23, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a more than $100 million natural gas-fueled power plant in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.                                                         

Cost-Saving Way To Detect Natural Gas Leaks

October 22, 2014 10:31 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists say they have developed a new software-based method that finds leaks even when they're small, which could help prevent serious incidents — and save money for customers and industry.                                              

Building A Better Biofuel

October 21, 2014 10:38 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.                                   

New Environmental Rules Will Raise Electricity Costs

October 20, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of electricity would increase substantially and service reliability could be significantly affected under proposed federal environmental rules, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission said in comments filed this week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week.

Power Plants Lead In Greenhouse Gas Pollution

October 20, 2014 10:55 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.                         

ExxonMobil Pledges Support For Biofuels Research

October 16, 2014 3:27 pm | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass – rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks, switchgrass or wood chips) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can then be upgraded into transportation fuels.

Regulator Recuses Himself Amid Probe

October 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.                       

Vega Biofuels Breaks Ground On Pilot Torrefaction Plant

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products.                                          

Balancing Renewable Energy Costs

October 14, 2014 10:44 am | by European Physical Journal Plus | News | Comments

In a new study scientists have come up with an open source simulation method to calculate the actual cost of relying on a combination of electricity sources.                                

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