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Improve Operational Efficiency With Energy Optimization

February 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Articles | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Energy management, process efficiency and incorporating more sustainable procedures are critical for maintaining a competitive edge in today’s markets. 

The Changing Energy Marketplace

February 26, 2014 2:24 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have found a new weapon in their battle with production costs – energy savings. Whether by generating their own electricity, negotiating with their local utility, or managing their production process to take advantage of price signals in the energy marketplace, manufacturers are taking an active role determining the energy component of their product costs.

Supreme Court Reevaluates EPA Power

February 24, 2014 11:30 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                          


2 Methanol Plants Planned For OR

February 24, 2014 11:22 am | by ERIK OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Low natural gas prices are causing a boom in methanol manufacturing nationwide, and the Lower Columbia region should be quick to seize on the skilled jobs and tax revenue that the clean industry will bring.                        

Energy Conference Focuses On Power Plant Emissions

February 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New federal carbon dioxide emission rules for coal-fired power plants will be the focus of a national energy conference in Morgantown.                                   

Gas & Vapor Monitoring For Energy Savings

February 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Debra Hall, Director of Sales, Control Instruments | Articles | Comments

In a large chemical facility there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems, dramatic cost savings can be realized while running at peak efficiency. The following case study shows how tracking VOC emissions and implementing BTU and LFL analyzers contributed to productivity, increased safety and energy savings. 

Eliminating Energy Costs And Carbon Footprint

February 21, 2014 6:55 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The experts at Carbon Lighthouse are working together with industrial and commercial facilities to reduce emissions and dramatically save on energy costs. Their first mission is to serve the environment by finding and delivering financially beneficial solutions for clients and move them closer to becoming carbon neutral. 

Controversy Stirs Over Trash-To-Energy Plant In Vegas

February 20, 2014 4:12 pm | by CONOR SHINE, Las Vegas Sun | News | Comments

City staff and the planning commission approved the plant plans late last year but hit a snag at a city council meeting this month when neighbors showed up in force to voice their concerns, urging officials to relocate the project 25 miles away at the Apex Landfill.


BNSF Upgrading Tanker Fleets

February 20, 2014 4:04 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. says it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher safety standard for a fleet that's seen multiple major accidents.                        

2 Solar Projects Approved In CA & NV

February 20, 2014 10:52 am | by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials announced the approval of two solar energy on public lands in California and Nevada, angering environmentalists who say the facilities will endanger desert tortoises.

Legal Dispute Over Salem Power Plant Settled

February 19, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The developers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant and an environmental group have settled a legal dispute that will allow the $800 million project to proceed.                     

Taking Control Of Energy

February 19, 2014 4:37 am | by Michael Nicoloro, PE and Joan Fontaine, PE | Articles | Comments

Over the past generation, energy has been a defining economic issue. Fluctuations in price and availability of energy have a significant impact on profitability, and the unpredictability of the energy markets is a common source of worry for anyone managing energy supplies. The uncertainty that has characterized energy markets has taken a toll on manufacturers.

Duke Energy Sheds Midwest Power Business

February 18, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it will get out of the wholesale power-generation business in the Midwest because the financial results are too volatile.                                   


Productivity Plagued By Power Quality Problems

February 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Articles | Comments

Nothing affects productivity as dramatically as equipment downtime. While most manufacturers have comprehensive maintenance and service programs to minimize downtime and quickly restore equipment to service, the vast majority pay little attention to a problem that causes 30 to 40 percent of business downtime: power quality fluctuations.

Caribbean Islands Swap Diesel For Renewable Resources

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Carbon War Room | News | Comments

In a joint effort to unlock opportunities on scaling renewable energy projects across the Caribbean-basin, Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute brokered commitments from the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos.

18M Farmers Chose Biotech Crops In 2013

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications | News | Comments

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications released a report which indicates more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage.

Nuclear Fusion Project Takes Key Step

February 13, 2014 11:57 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.                                    

Huge Thermal Plant Opens As Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 11:55 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.

Top 10 Biofuels & Biobased Predictions For 2014

February 12, 2014 2:25 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

RFS2, E85, Algae, sorghum, butadiene, propylene, licensing, hot mergers, the Great Green Fleet and integrated biorefineries are all in the mix as predictions are made for the upcoming year in biofuels.                                

Carbon Cap & Trade Versus Energy Efficiency

February 11, 2014 2:48 am | by Carbon Lighthouse | Blogs | Comments

There is a lot of talk about carbon cap-and-trade and energy efficiency. Carbon cap-and-trade is hailed as a market mechanism for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficiency is one of the most profitable investments most companies can make. Efficiency is also a great way to reduce energy consumption and hence carbon emissions as well. So what happens when you combine a carbon cap-and-trade with energy efficiency?

California Running Out Of Gas

February 7, 2014 11:31 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.                

The Next Generation Of GeoThermal: The Future Of Energy?

February 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Garret Hering, | Blogs | Comments

In the United States geothermal power development is limited to hydrothermal sites, highly concentrated in the West, which adds up to only 0.33 percent of the country's electricity generating fleet. But there may be a solution to geothermal power's geographic limitation, which could open up the way for this subterranean resource to play a much greater role in energy systems of the future.

ND Announces Natural Gas Capturing Goal

January 30, 2014 10:40 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group representing hundreds of companies working in North Dakota's oil patch told state regulators that the industry plans to significantly decrease the amount of natural gas being burned off and wasted as a byproduct of oil production.

New Power Plant Brings Jobs To OH

January 29, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Florida based energy company says it plans to spend more than $500 million on a natural gas-fired power plant in southwest Ohio that could mean jobs for 400 people in the area.

Developing Biofuel Beets In ND

January 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Informational meetings are being held in several North Dakota cities this week to update farmers on the effort to develop a biofuel sugar beet industry in the state.

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