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Drilling Industry Wades Into Pennsylvania Politics

October 11, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

The largest organization representing companies involved in Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling boom have attacked proposals to raise taxes on the industry by various challengers to Governor Tom Corbett. The Marcellus Shale Coalition issued a statement criticizing tax proposals that it said were being touted by gubernatorial candidates.

Missouri Blocks Wider E15 Use

October 10, 2013 10:33 am | by David A. Lieb, AP | News | Comments

Lawmakers have blocked a proposal that could have allowed greater amounts of ethanol to be blended into the gasoline sold for most vehicles. The decision by a legislative panel halts a proposed rule change that would have allowed stations to sell fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. The decision is essentially a temporary moratorium. The full Legislature can decide whether to permanently block the rule when it convenes in January.

Missouri Considers Expanding Ethanol Usage

October 8, 2013 2:13 pm | by David A. Lieb, AP | News | Comments

A 2006 Missouri law already requires regular gasoline to contain 10 percent ethanol, which generally is made from corn. The Department of Agriculture implemented that law with a rule capping the ethanol content at 10 percent. The department now wants to amend its rules to sell regular gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol.

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Largest Coal-Fired Plant In New England To Close By 2017

October 8, 2013 2:05 pm | by Steve LeBlanc, AP | News | Comments

The plant's owners pointed to a number of reasons for the planned shutdown, including low electricity prices from a surplus of natural gas and the need to invest significant capital to meet environmental regulations and to operate and maintain an aging plant.

UPS Invests $50 Million In Natural Gas

October 8, 2013 1:26 pm | News | Comments

UPS is spending $50 million to more than triple the current number of liquefied natural gas fueling stations it owns. The delivery company is trying to capitalize on the enormous amounts of natural gas that has been unlocked in the U.S. Natural gas is cheaper than gasoline and creates less pollution, but has been underutilized because it requires additional infrastructure.

Report Details Issues At Washington Nuclear Plant

October 4, 2013 11:47 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, AP | News | Comments

Design changes at a new radioactive waste disposal plant at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington were not properly verified to ensure safety, the U.S. Department of Energy's Inspector General concluded. The audit was highly critical of the design change process at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's $12.2 billion vitrification plant.

U.S. Chemical Production Dips In August

October 2, 2013 2:17 pm | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) slipped 0.3 percent in August, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in July. During July, chemical production was lower in all seven regions for the second consecutive month.

Mississippi Biofuel Producer Eyes Expansion

September 26, 2013 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Texas-based KiOR, Inc. has announced that it will double the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR estimates the project — called Columbus II — will cost about $225 million and take about 18 months to construct and start up.

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Pellet Plant Receives Federal Grant

September 20, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded an $857,000 grant to the George County Board of Supervisors to make roadway and water improvements to accommodate the construction of a wood pellet plant near Lucedale, Mississippi.

Poet Set To Open Iowa Plant Early Next Year

September 20, 2013 12:16 pm | News | Comments

South Dakota-based Poet LLC and its Dutch partner say a cellulosic ethanol plant being built in Iowa will open early next year. By next summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should have any glitches worked out at the $250 million Emmetsburg plant.

Engineering American Energy Independence

September 20, 2013 9:07 am | by Bill Kerney, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Fracking is dramatically increasing the recoverable reserves of America carbon-based energy supplies. but yesterday I just paid $4.15 to fill up my car at the USA gas station in Cardiff, Calif. There is a huge disconnect between supply and the price at the pump.

Harnessing Microorganisms for Natural Gas Production

September 18, 2013 3:29 pm | News | Comments

New results have proven that certain microorganisms are capable of producing natural gas under industrial conditions. The method, based on microorganisms known as Archaea, converts climate-damaging CO2 and hydrogen into storable methane (natural gas). A recently completed pilot study has demonstrated how quickly microorganisms can respond to sudden peaks in power generation and produce high quality natural gas.

World's Larges Solar Plant Comes to Calif.

September 17, 2013 10:39 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A massive solar project in the Mojave Desert will hook up to the power grid this weekend, and could start supplying electricity to homes by the end of the year. The plant has 170,000 heliostats, each with the capacity to power one home. Ben Tracy reports.

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Hydroelectric Power Makes Big Comeback at U.S. Dams

September 12, 2013 11:41 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees hydroelectric projects in the U.S., issued 125 preliminary hydropower permits last year, up from 95 in 2011. Preliminary permits allow a company to explore a project for up to three years.

Lanai Energy Point Man Set Up Microgrid in Calif.

September 10, 2013 10:49 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The man hired by billionaire Larry Ellison to turn Lanai into a renewable energy laboratory has already done something similar at the University of California, San Diego. The school generates 92 percent of its own power, drawing on gas turbines, methane from the campus wastewater treatment plant, solar panels and other sources.

Japan's Radioactive Water Leaks: How Dangerous?

September 4, 2013 10:43 am | by Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

New revelations of contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have raised alarm, coming just weeks after Japanese officials acknowledged that radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific from the plant for more than two years,

Georgia Still Unsure About Nuclear Plants

September 3, 2013 12:35 pm | by Ray Henry | News | Comments

A debate over the rising cost of building a nuclear plant in Georgia will be delayed, as the members of Georgia's Public Service Commission have voted to defer a decision over whether to raise the budget for building two more reactors until January 2018 at the earliest.

Japan Invests In Ice Wall To Halt Reactor Leaks

September 3, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

The Japanese government has announced that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station. The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won't be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses the host of the 2020 Olympics.

First Solar Sells Projects to Group Led by GE

August 26, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy's financial services arm. Financial terms were not disclosed. First Solar shares edged up 15 cents to $39.12 in premarket trading.

Solar, Geothermal Projects Touted at Vegas Summit

August 14, 2013 10:26 am | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar projects in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Group Says Iowa Sets Biodiesel Production Record

August 9, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the state has set a record for biodiesel production. The industry group says Iowa's plants produced 56.7 million gallons of biodiesel during the second quarter of 2013. Nine of the state's 12 biodiesel plants reported production.

Lean Energy Management in Manufacturing

August 7, 2013 9:19 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO, ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Lean manufacturing is by now a widely understood method of making wide variety, small quantity products. Few manufacturing managers are not familiar with the idea of lean manufacturing having come of age in the 1980s. This movement has effectively created the low-cost, wide variety product universe in which we live now.

Review: Texas Leads the Way in Wind Energy

August 5, 2013 11:01 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of people are asking how or if the country can transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy — and ironically Texas is leading the way in actually doing it. In "The Great Texas Wind Rush," Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the strange, inspiring and at times funny story of how a culture known for Big Oil came to embrace Big Wind.

New Energy Source Found in Arctic

July 30, 2013 5:30 pm | by The Atlantic | Videos | Comments

A team of Japanese and U.S. scientists say they are close to capturing a new source of energy found in crystallized natural gas in Arctic permafrost and at the bottom of oceans. Methane hydrate gives off intense heat at room temperature and could potential become a major fuel source.

8 Injured in Massive Explosions at Central Fla. Gas Plant

July 30, 2013 10:08 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent "boom after boom after boom" through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least three in critical condition. There were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night.

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