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Coal Industry Knocks Study of EPA Power Plant Rule

May 8, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A coal industry group criticized a recent study showing that potential restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants would stave off 3,500 premature deaths annually.

Report: Lifting Ban Could Place U.S. Among Top Oil Exporters

May 8, 2015 9:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report predicts that increasing U.S. shale oil production and lifting the country’s ban on crude exports could make it one of the world’s top crude shippers by 2025.

French Nuclear Manufacturer Areva to Cut Thousands of Jobs

May 7, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear reactor builder Areva wants to trim thousands of jobs after billions of euros of financial losses, as France tries to restructure its powerful but struggling nuclear energy industry.

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Raw: Smokestack Shoots Fire at Oil Facility

May 6, 2015 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Crews battle a smokestack fire at the U.S. Oil and Refinery Co. that sent plumes of black smoke across the sky in Washington.

Energy-Producing States Blast Obama Climate Change Plan

May 6, 2015 10:03 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said.

Solar Windows May Soon Charge Your Phone in Flight

May 5, 2015 12:06 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

We’ve all been there before, our electronic device is about to die just as we board a plane. Now engineers at B/E Aerospace think they have found a new source that will recharge the phone: the sun.

How Big is Tesla’s ‘Big’ Announcement?

May 5, 2015 11:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tesla hailed its new battery division as the beginning of a "transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world." In reality, Tesla is joining a crowded field of companies already invested in on-site energy storage, and experts are split on just how much those systems will impact the energy market.

Texas Legislature Acts to Stop Cities From Limiting Drilling

May 5, 2015 9:42 am | by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."

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How Chemical Companies Are Part of The Solution — And Problem — For Climate Change

May 4, 2015 5:19 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Some of the world’s top chemical companies have not only called climate change “man made,” they’re leading the charge to combat it.

House Passes $35B Bill For Energy Department, Water Projects

May 1, 2015 4:51 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Republicans Friday passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Construction Begins on Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm

April 27, 2015 4:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Welders at the Quonset company are currently working on the foundations for five wind turbines that will eventually comprise a wind farm near Block Island, located roughly 15 miles off the Rhode Island's southern coast.

Norwich 1st Vermont Community to be 100 Percent Solar

April 27, 2015 9:52 am | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings.

Oil, Gas, Power, Prices: Big Themes From Energy Meeting

April 24, 2015 4:30 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming. Here are five major themes from this year's conference.

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Detroit Zoo to Turn Manure From Its Animals Into Power

April 20, 2015 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biodigester will turn about 400 tons of manure a year as well as other organic waste into methane-rich gas.

Utah's Oldest Coal-Fired Power Plant Shut Down

April 20, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rocky Mountain Power shut down its 60-year-old Carbon Power Plant near Helper on Wednesday, a day before stricter federal mercury-pollution rules took effect.

Apple Invests in China Solar Project, US Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 5:26 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups like Greenpeace.

Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

Bloomberg Adds $30 Million to Anti-Coal Campaign

April 8, 2015 5:10 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

Modi Blames Changing Lifestyles For India's Rising Pollution

April 6, 2015 10:52 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

While already the world's third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, India is still home to at least 300 million people with no electricity at all, while hundreds of millions have just a couple of hours a day. Bringing them all onto a 24-hour electricity grid fueled primarily by coal could jeopardize global efforts to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

High-Efficiency Wood Heating Systems Winning Converts

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a shed behind the building. But that's where the similarity ends.

Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry

April 1, 2015 9:52 am | by VICE News | Videos | Comments

VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight.

New York Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

March 31, 2015 3:12 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn't allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.

US to Pledge up to 28 Percent Emission Cut in Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 10:33 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Northeast, Despite Highest Gas Costs, Resists More Pipelines

March 30, 2015 4:21 pm | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Business Forecasters Boost 2-Year Outlook For US Economy

March 30, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast December 2014.

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