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Scientists Demonstrate Rare Chemical Phenomenon To Harvest Solar Energy

June 2, 2014 9:58 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

A team of international scientists led by Professor Jagadese J Vittal of the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Science has successfully unraveled the chemical reaction responsible for propelling microscopic crystals to leap distances up to hundreds of times their own size when they are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light.

Domestic Production Satisfies 84% Of 2013 Energy Demand

June 2, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The portion of U.S. energy consumption supplied by domestic production has been increasing since 2005, when it was at its historical low point (69%). Since 2005, production of domestic resources, particularly natural gas and crude oil, has been increasing as a result of the application of technologies that can develop harder-to-produce resources.

Bringing A Michigan Power Plant Back To Life

May 28, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans are moving forward by a business that specializes in industrial brownfield work to redevelop the site of the decommissioned Marysville Power Plant in Michigan.                        

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New Hampshire Wind Project Nixed

May 28, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal for a 23-turbine wind farm in central New Hampshire is dead because of an unfavorable political and regulatory climate in the state, the project's developer said.                     

Fire At New Mexico Biofuel Plant

May 28, 2014 10:21 am | by JUAN CARLOS LLORCA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Mexico biofuel facility caught fire, sending a giant column of black smoke into the air and prompting authorities to briefly evacuate an area that includes about 350 homes.              

Oilseed Straw As New Biofuel Source

May 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Institute of Food Research | News | Comments

The bright yellow fields of oilseed rape are a familiar sight at this time of year, but for scientists what lies beneath is just as exciting. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. 

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

Americans Agree, EPA Regulations Go Too Far

May 27, 2014 5:37 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the National Mining Association, more than 75% of Americans are concerned that new EPA regulations - specifically geared toward coal power plants - will lead to higher electricity prices on the consumer end.

2 Energy Officials Investigated For Bribery

May 21, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese prosecutors say they are investigating two high officials at the National Energy Administration on suspicion of taking bribes.                                

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Lower Ethanol Requirement Could Mean A Blow To The Industry

May 20, 2014 10:41 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline.                        

Indiana Approves $670M In Power Plant Upgrades

May 16, 2014 10:38 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana regulators have approved Indianapolis Power & Light Co.'s nearly $670 million plan to upgrade two of its power plants as part of a push to meet tougher environmental regulations.                       

The Next Generation Of Wind Power Floats

May 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Videos | Comments

As much as I’m fascinated by the mechanics of the wind turbines, I recognize that some people find them hideous or loud, and, in fact, do not want to live near a giant fan. However, wind needs to be considered as an alternative source of energy. If there are complaints about the design or noise of traditional wind turbines, why not redesign them?

WY Governor Blasts EPA's Coal Proposal

May 14, 2014 4:15 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead of Wyoming, the nation's leading coal-producing state, is calling on the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a proposal to require new coal-fired power plants to employ carbon-capture technology.                 

Big Island Geothermal Plant Cited

May 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A geothermal plant on the Big Island of Hawaii has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for 14 violations, accused of failing to properly maintain and monitor its operations.                                

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Nebraska Biodiesel Plant To Resume Production

May 12, 2014 10:44 am | by Beatrice Daily Sun | News | Comments

An idle biodiesel plant in southeast Nebraska will soon be renovated and resume producing fuel near Beatrice.                                    

New Consol CEO Takes The Reins

May 8, 2014 11:07 am | by ANYA LITVAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

The transfer of power at the Cecil company's annual meeting put DeIuliis in charge of a quickly transforming company. In the past two years, Consol Energy Inc. sold off more than half of its coal mines and its barge business, replaced its top-level management, cut company headcount by 30 percent and repositioned itself as an exploration and production company first and foremost.

NV Energy To Close Coal Power Plants

May 2, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NV Energy is planning to close three of its Reid Gardner coal-fired power plants this year and completely end the use of coal power plants by 2019.                            

The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.

Exelon Buys Pepco Holdings For $6.83B

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy provider Exelon is buying Pepco Holdings Inc. for $6.83 billion to create a large electric and gas utility in the Mid-Atlantic region.                              

3 Injured In Power Plant Fire

April 30, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

City of Bryan spokeswoman Mary Lynne Stratta said Wednesday that one worker remains hospitalized following the fire at a Bryan Texas Utilities plant.                              

Economists Back Increased Oil & Gas Exports

April 29, 2014 10:48 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Whether to allow more exports of U.S. oil and natural gas has become a matter of political debate in Washington. But to economists, the answer is clear: The nation would benefit.                      

Corn Grinding For VA Ethanol Plant To Begin

April 28, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A partner in a revived ethanol plant in Hopewell plans to begin grinding corn for the operation this month.                                                         

Vermont Biotech Plant Wins Approval

April 28, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans to build a biotechnology facility in northern Vermont that could employ up to 500 people have taken a big step forward with the approval of the project by the Newport city development review board.                              

Fracking: Through The Lens

April 25, 2014 2:19 pm | by BRENNAN LINSLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hydraulic fracturing operation, also known as "fracking," and others like it pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, mixed with fine sand and chemicals, deep underground to split the rock, and make the oil — and dollars — flow. In this photo essay, we look inside a walled-off fracking facility, one of many sites reversing decades of declining oil production in Colorado.

Rapid City Courts Energy Business

April 25, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Economic development officials believe the southwestern South Dakota city of Rapid City is in a prime spot to lure more energy-related businesses — even though it's not in the heart of energy territory.                   

Arch Coal Writes Off Coal-To-Liquid Project

April 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Arch Coal Inc. has written off as a loss its total $57.7 million investment in a planned coal-to-liquids plant in southern Wyoming but continues to maintain its equity interest in the project, according to a company spokeswoman and a recent report to federal regulators.

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

The Challenge Of Energy Consumption Control

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In a time when both regulations and money are tight, companies can't afford not to keep track of their energy consumption. Chem.Info sat down with Kevin Price, an EAM Product Director at Infor, to talk about some solutions to the challenges posed by maintaining energy usage sustainability.

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