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.
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.
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.
New federal carbon dioxide emission rules for coal-fired power plants will be the focus of a national energy conference in Morgantown.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 says it will get out of the wholesale power-generation business in the Midwest because the financial results are too volatile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.