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Teco Energy, New Mexico Gas Co. Deal In Jeopardy

March 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Florida company making a bid to buy New Mexico Gas Co. will address concerns about layoffs and costs to consumers at a public hearing next week.                        

California regulators Thursday approved a plan for two utilities to develop replacement power to help fill the void left by the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but environmentalists warned it could open the way for more dirty energy.

New Energy Planned To Replace CA Nuclear

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators Thursday approved a plan for two utilities to develop replacement power to help fill the void left by the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but environmentalists warned it could open the way for more dirty energy.

Natural Gas: A Geo-Political Tool Or Modern Weapon?

March 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Kadala | Blogs | Comments

With the U.S. on the verge of entering the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, Obama and Congress are eyeing natural gas exports as a way to rein in Vladimir Putin from reclaiming border territories. We are now faced with the choice to let natural gas serve as a geo-political tool to enable a global energy transformation or a modern weapon to settle disputes.

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U.S. Gas Boom: A Tool Against Russian Coercion

March 12, 2014 9:30 am | by STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States, with its abundant supplies of natural gas, would seem to have an easy answer to Europe's fears that a strong response to Russia's rapid takeover the Crimea could prompt Vladimir Putin to shut down gas lines in Ukraine.

AMO Offers $70M For Energy Efficient Manufacturing

March 11, 2014 4:53 pm | by U.S. Dept Of Energy | News | Comments

A new Advanced Composite Manufacturing Institute, one of six National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Institutes to launch in 2014, will receive up to $70 million over five years in Energy Department funding.                         

Fortum, UPM & Valmet Jointly Developing Advanced Biofuels

March 11, 2014 10:25 am | by Thomson Reuters | News | Comments

Fortum, UPM and Valmet have joined forces to develop a new technology to produce advanced high value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio liquids.                   

Natural Gas Industry Struggles To Keep Its Promises

March 11, 2014 10:08 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

America's plan to use more natural gas to run power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes may not go as smoothly as expected. While there's plenty of natural gas in the ground, the harsh winter revealed unpredicted obstacles to producing it.

Drilling Efficiency Drives Up Shale Production

March 11, 2014 9:47 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The productivity of oil and natural gas wells is steadily increasing in many basins across the United States because of the increasing precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas extraction.

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New Natural Gas Transfer Station, New Jobs In MA

March 10, 2014 11:14 am | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to convert part of a shuttered North Country paper mill into a transfer station for natural gas could create more than 80 jobs and cut the town of Groveton's tax bills in half.

Fracking Enters The CA Governor's Race

March 10, 2014 11:12 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

Long-time Governor Jerry Brown has placed climate change and environmental issues at the core of his re-election platform, but he's been dogged by those critical of his decision to allow fracking of oil and natural gas in California. He's being pushed to order a moratorium to block it.

Biofuel Beet Developers Looking For Farmers

March 10, 2014 10:56 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn a variety of sugar beets into ethanol have preached patience for the last five years. Now they're looking for a commitment from farmers to sweeten the deal.               

E85 Fueling Station Availability Increasing

March 7, 2014 9:59 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The number of retail fueling stations offering motor fuel that can be up to 85% ethanol, known as E85, has grown rapidly since 2007.                                            

Wind Power Proposal Irks Midwestern Farmers

March 7, 2014 7:00 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation's effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don't want high-power transmission lines on their land.

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Biofuel Plant Destroyed In Fire

March 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire destroyed a Lewistown business that manufactures pet bedding and litter and biofuel pellets.                                           

VT: Keep Renewable Energy Out Of My Backyard

March 3, 2014 12:01 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Getting energy from the sun, wind and forests fits with Vermont's sense of itself as clean, green and independent. But when it comes time to build and live with the projects that make it possible, things can get complicated.              

Construction To Begin On Alternative Fuel Facility

February 27, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cool Planet Energy Systems will begin construction soon on its alternative fuel production facility at the Port of Alexandria.                                        

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Energy management, process efficiency and incorporating more sustainable procedures are cri

Improve Operational Efficiency With Energy Optimization

February 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Articles | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Energy management, process efficiency and incorporating more sustainable procedures are critical for maintaining a competitive edge in today’s markets. 

The Changing Energy Marketplace

February 26, 2014 2:24 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

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.

Supreme Court Reevaluates EPA Power

February 24, 2014 11:30 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                          

2 Methanol Plants Planned For OR

February 24, 2014 11:22 am | by ERIK OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Energy Conference Focuses On Power Plant Emissions

February 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 facility, like the one a specialty chemical company operates, there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems for all their different processes, dramatic cost savings can be realized while runn

Gas & Vapor Monitoring For Energy Savings

February 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Debra Hall, Director of Sales, Control Instruments | Articles | Comments

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. 

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

Eliminating Energy Costs And Carbon Footprint

February 21, 2014 6:55 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

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. 

Controversy Stirs Over Trash-To-Energy Plant In Vegas

February 20, 2014 4:12 pm | by CONOR SHINE, Las Vegas Sun | News | Comments

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 plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents  MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press   BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a high

BNSF Upgrading Tanker Fleets

February 20, 2014 4:04 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                        

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