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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.                                            

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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.

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. 

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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. 

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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.                        

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.

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.                                    

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.

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