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California Attorney General Investigates Regulator

October 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A newspaper reports that California's attorney general has opened an investigation into the state public utilities commission.                                         

U.S. Indexes Slide, Airlines, Energy Stocks Drop

October 14, 2014 10:09 am | by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices.                                                                         

Illinois Suggests New Power Plant Laws

October 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders in a northern Illinois village struggling with controversy over a proposed power plant are asking state lawmakers to revamp the process developers must go through before making an offer to municipal leaders.                                         

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Targa Buys Atlas Pipeline, Atlas Energy

October 13, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Targa Resources is buying Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy in a deal valued at close to $6 billion, creating a huge energy transportation and storage company.                                

Oil, Natural Gas Prices Confound New England

October 13, 2014 11:15 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Pipeline bottlenecks that drove up natural gas home heating prices in New England last winter could cause trouble when the weather again turns cold, but oil prices that once climbed to record territory continue to fall.                 

Net Energy Imports At Lowest Level In 29 Years

October 10, 2014 4:13 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Total U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014.                                     

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

Converting Plastic Into Oil Could Add $9B To The U.S. Economy

October 10, 2014 4:08 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

Wide-scale deployment of emerging technology that converts used, non-recycled plastics into oil could generate up to $9 billion in annual U.S. economic output and create upwards of 40,000 domestic jobs, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council.

Offshore Oil & Renewables In East Coast's Future

October 9, 2014 5:23 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fossil fuel and wind power companies are focusing on America's East Coast as a coming energy hub and industry representatives said Thursday they want politicians to ease up regulatory restraints in return for the promise of jobs and tax revenues.

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Satellites See Hot Spot Of Methane In The Southwest

October 9, 2014 5:21 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A satellite that measured the potent global-warming gas methane in the atmosphere has found a surprising hot spot over the southwestern U.S.                               

Dow Plunges As Energy Market Drags Down

October 9, 2014 5:19 pm | by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Turbulence returned to Wall Street for a third day Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging more than 250 points in late afternoon trading. Energy stocks fell sharply as the price of oil dropped again, and Gap's stock plunged after the company announced its CEO was retiring.

California Power Regulator Exits Amid Criticism

October 9, 2014 5:17 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's chief utility regulator, under fire over accusations of secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.                                          

Georgia Lawmakers Consider New Power Rules

October 9, 2014 5:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia lawmakers heard contrasting views Thursday on how the state could meet proposed rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants.                              

Groups Challenge EPA Decision On Navajo Coal Plant

October 8, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Conservation groups say a federal rule to cut haze-causing nitrogen oxide emissions at a northern Arizona coal plant is too lenient.                                         

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PG&E Faces Penalty In Judge-Shopping

October 7, 2014 5:21 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

First Global Life Cycle Assessment Of Renewable Energy Future

October 7, 2014 11:04 am | by Norwegian University of Science and Technology | News | Comments

A future where electricity comes mostly from low-carbon sources is not only feasible in terms of material demand, but will significantly reduce air pollution, a study published in the 6 October Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says.

Lower Heating Bills Expected This Winter

October 7, 2014 10:32 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

After the unusually cold winter of 2013-14, U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with last winter.                               

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.

Regulators Order Duke To Refund Customers

October 3, 2014 10:31 am | by GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid a growing political backlash, state regulators on Thursday ordered one of Florida's largest power companies to give back $54 million it collected from ratepayers to pay for a failed nuclear plant.                              

Linn Energy Sells Assets For $2.3B

October 3, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Linn Energy is selling several assets for $2.3 billion, with proceeds likely to be used to finance its purchase of some U.S. oil and gas properties from Devon Energy Corp.                                              

Regulators Reject Challenge To Ameren Power Rates

October 2, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ameren Missouri outlined new plans to gradually reduce its reliance on coal-fired power plants, while state utility regulators also rejected a complaint alleging the company has earned more than it's entitled to on its electricity rates.

GE To Build Oil And Gas Plant In Jacksonville

October 1, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott announced ...       

Dominion Natural Gas Exports Plan Gets Federal OK

September 30, 2014 11:00 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that the project, as approved with conditions, would minimize potential adverse impacts on landowners and the environment.                      

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

Turning Waste Into Energy: From Manure To Smoke

September 25, 2014 2:52 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Earlier this year, MagneGas Corporation, a technology company that counts among its inventions a technology that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, unveiled its mobile liquid biomass solution. Chem.Info sat down with CEO Ermanno Santilli to talk about how "shooting lightning into a liquid" can turn manure, waste oil and even coal smoke into energy.

Renewable Energy Plan Hinges On Utah Caverns

September 25, 2014 9:59 am | by MEAD GRUVER, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

India Cancels Coal Allocations

September 24, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

India's top court said Wednesday that private companies will have to return most of the coal fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a corruption prone bidding system.                           

Wind Energy Proposal Would Light Up Los Angeles

September 24, 2014 10:29 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging.

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