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Alpha Natural Resources Posts Big Q2 Loss

August 6, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bristol, Virginia-based company posted a loss of $512.6 million, or $2.32 per share, compared with a loss of $185.7 million, or 84 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.                    

EPA Emission Hearings Begin In Maine

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's New England chief is attending a public hearing to get feedback on the first-ever federal standards for power plants.                          

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

August 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers are focusing on facility-wide energy management. The challenge they face is to ensure that the buildings that house their highly optimized manufacturing operations are just as sophisticated and efficient as their production processes.

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Storing Energy With Used Cigarette Butts

August 5, 2014 3:55 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of scientists have converted used-cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store energy.                      

$15M Investment Planned For Geismar Biofuel Plant

August 5, 2014 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company's Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat.                              

Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

Looking to save money and go green in your warehouse? It's not only possible, it's the best way to go in today's world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.

New Method Discovered For Increasing Biofuel Yields

August 4, 2014 4:18 pm | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals.

Alabama Power Reduces Coal Use At 3 Plants

August 4, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Power Co. said it will reduce or end coal use at three generating plants because of federal environmental rules as it spends $1 billion to meet new air emission rules.                     

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"All-Of-The-Above" Energy Plans Reveal Contrasts

August 4, 2014 10:40 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's U.S. House candidates claim to offer "all-of-the-above" solutions to the nation's energy problems— a familiar mantra among politicians keen to give equal attention to fossil fuels and renewables such as wind and solar. Yet stark differences in the details of their proposals reveal a wide divide.

Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

August 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass | Articles | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                   

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Running On Wind In America's Heartland

August 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the French-Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the South Dakota. Marmen builds equipment for the global energy sector and its Brandon facility is dedicated to wind tower production. In this facility, it’s building exclusively for General Electric, a longstanding client. 

The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.

Exelon Buys Integrys Retail For $60M

July 30, 2014 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Integrys Energy Services, sells electricity and natural gas to about 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington DC. Exelon said the business will become part of its Constellation unit, which has about 2.5 million customers.   

Valero Energy Profit Up 26%

July 30, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported earnings that climbed by 26 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations.                                

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Catching A Runaway Train

July 29, 2014 4:42 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Does it feel like we've been plagued with train accidents this year? It seems like we get news of another train collision once a week. The latest incident brings into sharp focus an ongoing problem we face in continuing to use one of the oldest transportation technologies for moving volatile materials.

Closing The Largest Coal Plant In The West

July 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

Illinois Coal Exports Dip

July 28, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says that about 12 million tons of Illinois coal was exported in 2013. That's down from the 13 million tons exported in 2012, but far more than the 5.5 million tons exported in 2011 and 2.5 million tons in 2010. 

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Makes $1.2B Deal With ElectriCities

July 28, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy Progress has agreed to purchase the generating capacity of ElectriCities in a $1.2 billion deal expected to translate into lower power bills for thousands of eastern North Carolina residents.                     

Coal-Export Towns Fight Rising Seas

July 28, 2014 3:44 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic exports more coal — and the heat-trapping pollution that comes with it — than any place in the U.S. At the same time, cities like Norfolk are already experiencing one of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the country.

What You Need To Know About Global Coal Trade

July 28, 2014 10:16 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Turning Non-Recycled Plastics Into Fuel

July 25, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Videos | Comments

By telling the story of what can happen to everyday plastics after we use them, this video was designed to help policymakers, regulators, waste management professionals and other thought leaders see the vast potential of used plastics -- to be reused in new products from recycling, or tapped as a source of domestic energy.

Investing In Energy Efficiency

July 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO Magazine | Articles | Comments

Every year budgets get tighter and costs go up — no matter what business you’re in. In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management looks for more efficient ways to churn out product. There are so many factors in an overall equipment strategy that it begs the question: just how important is energy efficiency to the average manufacturer? 

Noble Energy Profit Falls Almost 50%

July 24, 2014 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Noble Energy Inc. (NBL) reported earnings that decreased by 49 percent in its second quarter and beat analysts' expectations.                                     

U.S. Refineries Running At Record Levels

July 24, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Last year was the third year in a row that North American refineries showed considerably higher profitability than European refineries as measured by earnings per barrel processed.                           

Breitburn Buys QR Energy For $1.46B

July 24, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

QR unitholders will receive approximately 72 million common units of Breitburn Energy Partners LP, or 0.9856 of a Breitburn unit, for each unit of QR Energy that they own. The consideration to be received by QR unitholders is valued at $22.48 per unit, a 19 percent premium to Wednesday's closing price of $18.87.

Energy Intelligence Report

July 22, 2014 4:40 pm | by IMPO Magazine | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue of IMPO focuses on improving energy efficiency in your facility, takes you inside KitchenAid's stand mixer factory and discusses the best uses for mobility in a manufacturing setting.

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