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Federal officials announced the approval of two solar energy plants on public lands in California and Nevada, angering environmentalists who say the facilities will endanger desert tortoises.

2 Solar Projects Approved In CA & NV

February 20, 2014 10:52 am | by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Legal Dispute Over Salem Power Plant Settled

February 19, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                     

Taking Control Of Energy

February 19, 2014 4:37 am | by Michael Nicoloro, PE and Joan Fontaine, PE | Articles | Comments

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.

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Duke Energy says it will get out of the wholesale power-generation business in the Midwest because the financial results are too volatile.

Duke Energy Sheds Midwest Power Business

February 18, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 essential equipment downtime and while most manufacturers have comprehensive equipment maintenance and service programs in place to minimize downtime and quickly restore equipment to service when downtimes d

Productivity Plagued By Power Quality Problems

February 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Articles | Comments

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 L

Caribbean Islands Swap Diesel For Renewable Resources

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Carbon War Room | News | Comments

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.

18M Farmers Chose Biotech Crops In 2013

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications | News | Comments

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.

Nuclear Fusion Project Takes Key Step

February 13, 2014 11:57 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

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.                                    

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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

Huge Thermal Plant Opens As Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 11:55 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Top 10 Biofuels & Biobased Predictions For 2014

February 12, 2014 2:25 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

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.                                

Carbon Cap & Trade Versus Energy Efficiency

February 11, 2014 2:48 am | by Carbon Lighthouse | Blogs | Comments

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?

California Running Out Of Gas

February 7, 2014 11:31 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                

The Next Generation Of GeoThermal: The Future Of Energy?

February 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Garret Hering, GreenBiz.com | Blogs | Comments

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.

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A group representing hundreds of companies working in North Dakota's oil patch told state regulators on Wednesday that the industry plans to significantly decrease the amount of natural gas being burned off and wasted as a byproduct of oil production.

ND Announces Natural Gas Capturing Goal

January 30, 2014 10:40 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

New Power Plant Brings Jobs To OH

January 29, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Developing Biofuel Beets In ND

January 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Fire-Damaged Natural Gas Plant Reopens

January 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Damaged Pipeline Expected To Be Operational Today

January 27, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Propane Shortage Feared After Pipeline Explosion

January 27, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 i

Natural Gas Train May Prove Cheaper

January 24, 2014 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Biomass Plant Dispute Heads To Court

January 24, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A legal dispute over a proposed $150 million wood-burning power plant in Springfield is scheduled to be heard in March.                                     

Boeing Developing Aviation Biofuels

January 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

World Energy Demand To Jump 41% By 2035

January 16, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

NY Energy Plan Falls Short On Fracking

January 9, 2014 11:18 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Turning Hog Waste Into Biogas

January 9, 2014 11:02 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Developers of a renewable biogas project in remote north-central Missouri are hoping to turn hog manure into energy.                                              

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