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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.                                                  

This Tiny Box A Key To Energy Storage?

April 4, 2014 1:00 am | by University of Maryland | Videos | Comments

If you think your origami skills can’t be beat – try this: use the world’s thinnest material, make the origami fold and unfold itself and pack into your miniscule origami box enough hydrogen atoms to exceed future U.S. goals for hydrogen energy storage devices. Researchers from the University of Maryland have done all three.

Research Focuses On Environmental Impact Of Offshore Wind Farms

April 3, 2014 11:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A public meeting is scheduled in Virginia Beach on offshore test turbines that could smooth the way for the development of wind farms 20-plus miles off the sandy beaches of the resort city.                                   

Mississippi Power Plant Costs Rise Another $177M

April 3, 2014 10:54 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $177 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.2 billion.                               

New Rules Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 10:40 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The government is mandating new safety regulations that it says will help protect workers on electrical power plants and transmission lines.                             

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Exxon: Fossil Fuel Consumption Here To Stay

April 1, 2014 10:19 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

On the same day the world's scientists issued their latest report on climate change and the risks it poses to society, the nation's biggest oil and gas company said the world's climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from selling fossil fuels far into the future.

Montana Wind Farm Fraud

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California utility that invested in a Montana wind farm has accused the developer of fraudulently concealing that federal wildlife officials recommended the project get a permit in case it harms eagles.                                      

Iowa Pushes For Wind & Solar, Stalls On Biofuels

March 31, 2014 10:38 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa senators unanimously approved bills designed to encourage the state's production of wind and solar power, but a proposal to encourage more use of renewable fuels was delayed because of concerns about cost.            

Biofuels Drive Growth In Overall Biomass Energy Usage

March 27, 2014 1:44 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Biomass energy consumption in the United States grew more than 60% from 2002 to 2013, and this growth is almost entirely due to increased consumption of biomass to produce biofuels, mainly ethanol but also a smaller amount of biodiesel and other biomass-based diesel fuels.

China: World's Largest Importer Of Petroleum & Liquid Fuels

March 27, 2014 1:35 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

As of September 2013, China's net imports of petroleum and other liquids exceeded those of the United States on a monthly basis, making it the largest net importer of crude oil and other liquids in the world.                           

Kansas Rejects Energy Rules

March 27, 2014 10:30 am | by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A measure to repeal the state's 2009 renewable energy standards for power generation was rejected Wednesday in the Kansas House despite critics who argued the requirements drive up utility bills and unfairly push one industry over another.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Buys Wind Portfolio

March 25, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP is buying the wind power portfolio of Ireland's Bord Gais Energy for up to about $280 million.                                 

DOE Approves LNG Terminal In Oregon

March 25, 2014 10:42 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

Akron Company Turns Plastic To Fuel

March 24, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty tons of plastic a day will go into the Vadxx Energy plant to create 300 barrels of petrochemical products used to make diesel fuel and lubricants.                                

Potash Plant Lawsuit Heads To Trial

March 24, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports jurors will be chosen starting Monday to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by Mosaic Potash against Devon Energy Production Co.                             

Valero Buys Indiana Ethanol Plant

March 24, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Valero Renewable Fuels plans to begin production soon at an idled ethanol plant it has purchased at an Indiana port on the Ohio River, a spokesman said.                                  

Solar Rebates Advance In Main

March 21, 2014 11:21 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine residents would again have access to rebates for solar power systems on their homes under a measure endorsed by the state Senate, but Republican Gov. Paul LePage continues to fiercely fight any proposal that raises Mainer's utility bills.

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