New results have proven that certain microorganisms are capable of producing natural gas under industrial conditions. The method, based on microorganisms known as Archaea, converts climate-damaging CO2 and hydrogen into storable methane (natural gas). A recently completed pilot study has demonstrated how quickly microorganisms can respond to sudden peaks in power generation and produce high quality natural gas.
A massive solar project in the Mojave Desert will hook up to the power grid this weekend, and could start supplying electricity to homes by the end of the year. The plant has 170,000 heliostats, each with the capacity to power one home. Ben Tracy reports.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees hydroelectric projects in the U.S., issued 125 preliminary hydropower permits last year, up from 95 in 2011. Preliminary permits allow a company to explore a project for up to three years.
The man hired by billionaire Larry Ellison to turn Lanai into a renewable energy laboratory has already done something similar at the University of California, San Diego. The school generates 92 percent of its own power, drawing on gas turbines, methane from the campus wastewater treatment plant, solar panels and other sources.
New revelations of contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have raised alarm, coming just weeks after Japanese officials acknowledged that radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific from the plant for more than two years,
A debate over the rising cost of building a nuclear plant in Georgia will be delayed, as the members of Georgia's Public Service Commission have voted to defer a decision over whether to raise the budget for building two more reactors until January 2018 at the earliest.
The Japanese government has announced that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station. The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won't be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses the host of the 2020 Olympics.
First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy's financial services arm. Financial terms were not disclosed. First Solar shares edged up 15 cents to $39.12 in premarket trading.
Solar projects in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the state has set a record for biodiesel production. The industry group says Iowa's plants produced 56.7 million gallons of biodiesel during the second quarter of 2013. Nine of the state's 12 biodiesel plants reported production.
Lean manufacturing is by now a widely understood method of making wide variety, small quantity products. Few manufacturing managers are not familiar with the idea of lean manufacturing having come of age in the 1980s. This movement has effectively created the low-cost, wide variety product universe in which we live now.
Millions of people are asking how or if the country can transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy — and ironically Texas is leading the way in actually doing it. In "The Great Texas Wind Rush," Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the strange, inspiring and at times funny story of how a culture known for Big Oil came to embrace Big Wind.
A team of Japanese and U.S. scientists say they are close to capturing a new source of energy found in crystallized natural gas in Arctic permafrost and at the bottom of oceans. Methane hydrate gives off intense heat at room temperature and could potential become a major fuel source.
A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent "boom after boom after boom" through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least three in critical condition. There were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accusing JPMorgan Chase & Co. of manipulating electricity prices in 2010 and 2011. The commission claims the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from the agencies that run the power grids in California and the Midwest.
With a September auction set for nearly 113,000 offshore acres devoted to wind development, wind power advocates are working to hasten the construction of wind turbines that could supply power to 700,000 Virginia homes and at a price ratepayers can afford.
A biofuels company moving to Colorado is heating up competition for jobs among local communities across the state hoping to reap some of the benefits. Cool Planet Energy Systems Inc. has developed a new technique to convert biomass into high-octane gasoline, jet fuel and diesel.
Excel Energy’s French Island plant is a combination generating plant and resource recovery facility. By working together to turn trash into power, the two facilities generated more than 88,500 MWH of electricity in 2012 -- enough to power nearly 10,000 homes.
Mississippi electric and natural gas utilities will soon be paying for their customers to cut energy use. The state Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to adopt energy efficiency rules requiring all gas and electric companies with more than 25,000 customers to begin offering programs within six months.
Georgia Power must purchase more solar power for its energy system under a plan approved Thursday by state utility regulators, a move sought by solar developers and renewable energy proponents but denounced by a commissioner who argued it could raise costs.
A political group founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch wants Georgia's utility regulators to reject a plan requiring Southern Co. to buy more solar energy, but an Associated Press review ahead of a vote on the issue finds that it has used misleading figures to build its case.
A White House proposal aimed at reining in climate change, with its emphasis on cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, would put facilities like the 2,100 megawatt Colstrip electricity plant in eastern Montana in regulators' cross hairs.
A $40 million wind turbine factory in northeast Arkansas that opened in 2010 with plans to employ more than 700 people announced Friday it would end production and lay off 40 workers. The company said factory workers would be let go after existing orders have been filled.
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President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants.