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$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.                                   

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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.                                          

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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.                                

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.                                         

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.                                

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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.

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.                                         

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.                               

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