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Oil Below $102 As U.S. Crude Supplies Seen Rising

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press | News | Comments

By early afternoon in Europe, U.S. crude for May delivery was down 22 cents to $101.53 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell $1.90 to settle at $101.75.          

PG&E Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Pipeline Blast

April 21, 2014 3:57 pm | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Twelve States Produced 80% Of 2013 Wind Energy

April 21, 2014 12:42 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA's March Electric Power Monthly report.                             

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Energy Boom Drives A Wedge Between Political Parties

April 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge. Some deeply conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the drilling technique that's largely responsible for the boom.

Corn Waste Fuel Not A Cleaner Alternative

April 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

Calpine Sells 6 Plants For $1.57B

April 21, 2014 11:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Calpine Corp. said Monday that it has agreed to sell six of its power plants to privately-held LS Power Equity Advisors for $1.57 billion.                                      

NorthWestern $900M Dam Deal Nixed By Consumer Counsel Changes

April 18, 2014 10:37 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

NorthWestern Energy would have to walk away from a $900 million deal to buy 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana if forced to make changes recommended by the state Consumer Counsel, an executive for the South Dakota-based utility said Thursday.

Spokane Takes Over Waste-To-Energy Plant

April 17, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spokane is taking over operation of the city incinerator that burns waste to generate electricity.                                          

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Tiny Plants As The Future Of Nuclear Energy

April 17, 2014 10:07 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, according to the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency.

New Natural Gas Project In Jamaica

April 16, 2014 10:45 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday.                          

Alliant Energy To Build In Marshalltown

April 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Alliant Energy official says the utility has received the necessary permits for a power plant in Marshalltown and expects to begin construction this summer.                           

ConocoPhillips Resumes Kenai LNG Shipments

April 15, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConocoPhillips says it will resume exports of liquefied natural gas from a Kenai Peninsula facility.                                           

Glencore Xstrata Buys Caracal Energy For $1.35B

April 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore Xstrata Plc says it is buying oil exploration firm Caracal Energy Inc. for about 800 million pounds ($1.35 billion) in cash.                             

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Utilities' Defenses Hold Against Hackers

April 15, 2014 10:23 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber security.

Former Energy Executive Denies Theft

April 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Sheridan energy company executive accused of stealing more than $1 million in royalties has pleaded not guilty to seven felony charges.                                

Energy Dept. Seeking Methane Hydrate Proposals

April 14, 2014 10:06 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting for another round of research into methane hydrates, the potentially huge energy source of "frozen gas" that could step in for shortages of other fossil fuels.                  

PG&E Offers $250K Reward For Grid Attack Information

April 11, 2014 10:40 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.           

Report On Power Grid Threats Mishandled

April 10, 2014 10:48 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation's electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said Wednesday.             

Virginia Ethanol Plant Finds Life

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

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Vireol Bio Energy LLC will invest $26.2 million to begin production at the plant, creating 70 jobs.                                      

Is Your Facility Part Of An Energy Demand Response Program?

April 10, 2014 7:31 am | by Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

"Demand response programs" pay participants to be available to reduce their energy consumption for short periods of time when requested by the grid operator. Is your facility getting paid for controlling consumption? Click here for information on what manufacturers should know when considering demand response programs.

Summer Gas Prices Expected To Mimic 2013

April 9, 2014 10:30 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Drivers are expected to pay an average $3.57 per gallon for regular gasoline this summer, close to last year's level, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's April Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook.          

Half Of Power Plant Capacity Additions In 2013 Came From Natural Gas

April 8, 2014 10:17 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013.                                       

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

American Perceptions Of Power

April 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? A poll conducted in February shows that the majority of Americans make small efforts to save energy, but larger lifestyle changes have yet to materialize. 

Big Rivers Closing Hawesville Plant

April 7, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Big Rivers Electric Corporation is closing its Kenneth C. Coleman Station in Hawesville after losing two of its largest customers.                                     

Laclede Buys Energen's Gas Utility For $1.28B

April 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Laclede Group is spending about $1.28 billion in cash to acquire the natural gas utility business of Energen.                                                  

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