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Grand Opening Set For First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 18, 2014 10:15 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels.                             

Renewable Energy Systems On The Battlefield

August 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Warner, ECN Magazine | Articles | Comments

Unsurprisingly, the United States Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, fighter jets, small hospitals and command outposts out in the field. In recent years, the government has identified alternative energy use as a means mitigate the expense and dangers of relying solely on fossil fuels to meet the DoD’s mission. 

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

A Pollution Solution For China

August 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

Check out how natural gas may hold the key to defeating the overwhelming pollution problem in China.                                         

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ND Energy Panel Calls For $1B In Infrastructure Improvements

August 14, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group representing North Dakota's various energy sectors is recommending the state spend almost $1 billion over the next two years on roads, bridges and other infrastructure.                     

Wisconsin Tribe Fights $400M Waste-To-Energy Suit

August 14, 2014 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oneida Tribe of Indians is challenging a lawsuit seeking nearly $400 million over a stalled project to build a plant that would turn household garbage into energy.                     

Landfill Gas To Clean Energy

August 14, 2014 3:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A new technique that transforms stinky, air-polluting landfill gas could produce the sweet smell of success as it leads to development of a fuel cell generating clean electricity for homes, offices and hospitals, researchers say.           

Gauging The Public Perception Of The Grid

August 14, 2014 3:39 pm | by GE-Digital Energy | News | Comments

GE’s Digital Energy business released the results of its Grid Resiliency Survey, measuring the U.S. public’s current perception of the power grid, its experiences and future expectations. The survey was implemented following a very active 2014 winter storm season that led to several power outages, impacting millions of Americans.

Kemper Plant Natural Gas Unit Operational

August 14, 2014 3:30 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power Co. says a key part of its $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant is operational.                                        

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Kentucky Gas Plant Cancelled

August 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                              

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

Getting Big Brother's Priorities Straight

August 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of your political leanings, it's hard to put a positive spin on the news that the government has failed to follow through with terror prevention inspections at high-risk chemical facilities. This revelation combined with recent EPA over-reaching calls into question what our government is really doing to protect American industry. 

Obama Administration Talks Energy Development

August 12, 2014 9:52 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The potential for renewable energy development in the Southwest is tremendous, but two top officials in President Barack Obama's administration said Monday much work needs to be done to meet the challenges of exporting that power to market.  

Mexico Opens Oil & Gas To Private, Foreign Firms

August 11, 2014 4:30 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law on Monday new rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies.                    

American Energy Worker Killed In Egypt

August 11, 2014 10:39 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

An American employee of Texas-based energy company Apache Corp was killed last week in an apparent carjacking in the western Egyptian desert, officials said Sunday.                         

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Martin Midstream Pays $120M For Cardinal Gas Storage Partners

August 11, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and natural gas distributor Martin Midstream Partners said Monday it will pay $120 million to get full ownership of Cardinal Gas Storage Partners, which helps run four natural gas storage facilities in North Louisiana and Mississippi. 

Getting Smart With Energy Intelligence

August 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

A variety of industry forces are driving the need among industrial companies for a comprehensive energy management system, but it’s profitability that’s ultimately motivating much of this activity. Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

EPA Regulations And American Manufacturing

August 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

The EPA, as well-intentioned as it may be, is often met with staunch opposition from the industrial sector and the political right. Backing the EPA, more frequently than not, are environmentalist and the left. But who’s right, and is there a clear winner? 

Nebraska Ethanol Plant Reopens

August 6, 2014 3:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A corn-fed ethanol plant in south-central Nebraska that has been idle since 2012 has reopened thanks to an improved market, a company executive said.                       

Alpha Natural Resources Posts Big Q2 Loss

August 6, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bristol, Virginia-based company posted a loss of $512.6 million, or $2.32 per share, compared with a loss of $185.7 million, or 84 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.                    

EPA Emission Hearings Begin In Maine

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's New England chief is attending a public hearing to get feedback on the first-ever federal standards for power plants.                          

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

August 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers are focusing on facility-wide energy management. The challenge they face is to ensure that the buildings that house their highly optimized manufacturing operations are just as sophisticated and efficient as their production processes.

Storing Energy With Used Cigarette Butts

August 5, 2014 3:55 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of scientists have converted used-cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store energy.                      

$15M Investment Planned For Geismar Biofuel Plant

August 5, 2014 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company's Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat.                              

Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

Looking to save money and go green in your warehouse? It's not only possible, it's the best way to go in today's world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.

New Method Discovered For Increasing Biofuel Yields

August 4, 2014 4:18 pm | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals.

Alabama Power Reduces Coal Use At 3 Plants

August 4, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Power Co. said it will reduce or end coal use at three generating plants because of federal environmental rules as it spends $1 billion to meet new air emission rules.                     

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