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.
A natural gas processing plant in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has reopened four months after it was damaged by a fire.
Xcel Energy says it expects one of three natural gas pipelines knocked out by an explosion in Canada will be back at full capacity by Monday afternoon.
State agencies in North Dakota are monitoring natural gas supplies in the eastern part of the state, after a pipeline explosion in the neighboring Canadian province of Manitoba, Gov. Jack Dalrymple says.
The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.
A legal dispute over a proposed $150 million wood-burning power plant in Springfield is scheduled to be heard in March.
Aircraft maker Boeing Co., Etihad Airways, the oil company Total and others say they will work together on a program to develop an aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates.
Oil giant BP forecasts world demand for energy to grow by 41 percent by 2035, driven by growing consumption in the booming economies of China and India.
New York's newly released energy plan calls for increased use of renewable energy and clean technology and anticipates reduced utility bills and a more flexible distribution grid, but takes no position on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the fertile Marcellus Shale.
Developers of a renewable biogas project in remote north-central Missouri are hoping to turn hog manure into energy.
The Grand Junction City Council is moving forward with a project that would take methane gas produced at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Facility for fuel.
Mitsubishi is evaluating its completed but unopened $100 million wind turbine factory in Fort Smith now that the company has settled a technology lawsuit with General Electric Co.
If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce? Funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a consortium of five universities, joined by research labs across the Northern Rockies, is looking for ways to turn that mass of dead timber into a carbon-neutral fuel source.
A company closing its western Pennsylvania zinc plant says Shell Chemical LP has extended and amended an option agreement to purchase the site, which Shell might use for an ethane cracking plant.
The owner of a bio-fuel plant in Hopewell, VA has decided to open the facility instead of dismantling it.
Global energy services solutions provider GSE Systems, Inc. is currently working on Phase II of a multi-phase project with Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group to supply an engineering simulator for the first-of-a-kind power plant design, FutureGen 2.0 project, which will be a near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant using oxy-combustion technology.
Greater political acceptance of shale gas exploration and the growing need among European countries to be energy independent is expected to result in the growth for the pumps market.
At the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit top CEOs, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America and Eric Spiegel of Siemens USA, discuss the advantages that the U.S. offers for manufacturing, including the largest market in the world, low energy costs and a strong technology infrastructure.