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Fight Erupts Over New England Natural Gas Plan

September 8, 2014 10:06 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans by New England officials to expand natural gas have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists and local and state officials. Now, a lawyer who represents a pipeline company, manufacturers and two organized labor groups is accusing environmental advocates of abandoning their early support for cleaner energy and trying to block pipeline projects.

U.S. Gas Prices Fall, Extending Summer Decline

September 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A national survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has dropped 2 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.46, bringing the decline to 25 cents over the last 11 weeks.                        

California Still Embroiled In Controversy Over Utility Fine

September 8, 2014 9:55 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.                  

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Biofuel Plant, Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 5:05 pm | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.                          

Is Fracking The Answer For U.S. Energy?

September 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Richard Quest and Chris Faulkner CEO of Breitling Energy discuss energy independence in the U.S. and a possible solution.                                               

Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 3, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                        

Pembina Buys Vantage Pipeline For $650M

September 2, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pembina Pipeline Corp. is buying the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.'s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant for $650 million.                                       

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.

Dominion & Duke To Build A $5B Natural Gas Pipeline

September 2, 2014 9:52 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.                 

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Turning Coffee Water Into Energy

August 28, 2014 3:39 pm | by UTZ Certified | News | Comments

The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.                     

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                                

Gas Prices Fall Heading Into Labor Day

August 28, 2014 3:29 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.45/gallon (gal) this past Monday, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.                              

Power Generation Company Opening New Plant In SC

August 26, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania company that makes parts for power generation equipment is opening a new plant in Summerville, investing almost $8 million and creating 45 jobs.                          

New Process Helps Overcome Obstacles To Produce Renewable Fuels And Chemicals

August 26, 2014 10:05 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

There’s an old saying in the biofuels industry: “You can make anything from lignin except money.” But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage.                                                        

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EPA Takes Comment On Four Corners Plant

August 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a proposed permit for a northwestern New Mexico power plant.                                    

GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                           

Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed

August 25, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed

August 25, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

Court Declares More Than A Decade Of Coal Allocations Illegal

August 25, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Supreme Court said Monday that all government allocations of coal reserves to private companies from 1993 to 2010 were conducted illegally, and it will hold a hearing to decide whether to cancel them.                         

Dynegy To Spend $6.25B on Plant Acquisitions

August 22, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners.                           

Water Leads To Chemical That Thwarts Biofuel Production

August 21, 2014 4:56 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Videos | Comments

Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. 

TVA Board Votes On Replacing Memphis Coal Plant

August 21, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority's board is scheduled to vote on a proposal to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis and replace it with a natural gas facility.                   

Extreme Environments Call For Extreme Batteries

August 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential, which exceeds that of all other metals.

Shale Dividend Could Pay For Smaller Carbon Footprint

August 19, 2014 5:16 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and gas boom could help offset the costs of substantially reducing the U.S.'s carbon footprint, Purdue agricultural economists say.                         

PG&E Pleads Not Guilty To Gas Blast Charges

August 18, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.         

Huge Utility Line Upgrade Faces Opposition

August 18, 2014 10:49 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the biggest new electric transmission line proposals in decades is turning into a debate over fracking, renewable energy and the future of an aging energy grid.                            

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