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Power Plant Debate Starts War Of Statistics

June 16, 2014 11:23 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.               

Pacific Future Energy Corp. Announces $10B Bitumen Refinery Project

June 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Pacific Future Energy Corp. | News | Comments

Pacific Future Energy Corporation announced today its plan to build and operate the world's greenest refinery on British Columbia's north coast.                                 

EPA's New Plan - Feasible & Economically Beneficial?

June 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Michael Obeiter and Kevin Kennedy, World Resources Institute | Blogs | Comments

The new rule intends to serve as a major step toward the United States achieving its 2020 emissions-reduction target and given current cost trends, even deeper reductions are possible by 2030. More importantly, there are opportunities for the final version of the rule to tap the full potential of efficiency and renewable energy throughout the country.


Blast Rocks Power Plant

June 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge explosion rocked Kosovo's main power plant Friday, causing casualties and damaging nearby houses.                                              

Scientists Provide New Insights Into Biomass Breakdown

June 6, 2014 9:45 am | by University of York | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.                         

Biomass Plant Proposed For Former Nuclear Site

June 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A biomass plant has been proposed to occupy the site of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is shutting down at the end of year.                        

Kentucky Plant Emblematic Of Move Away From Coal

June 4, 2014 10:16 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the shadow of Paradise Fossil Plant's aging smokestacks, where white steam and carbon dioxide rises into the sky, outdated coal-fired generators are being replaced with one that runs on natural gas.                           

Texas Attorney General Will Fight New EPA Rule

June 3, 2014 11:02 am | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide could result in another lengthy legal battle in Texas after the front-runner to become the state's next governor said Monday he will fight the effort.                   


Carbon Rules Will Likely Mean Higher Power Bills In Iowa

June 3, 2014 10:57 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's ambitious plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will likely lead to higher electric bills in Iowa, but drastic changes may not be needed because the state's utilities have invested heavily in wind power.

Global Renewable Energy Generation Capacity Jumps To A Record

June 3, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

The number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support the expansion of renewable energy has surged more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 early this year.                       

Obama's Carbon Rule Gives States More Time To Comply

June 2, 2014 11:17 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but moves the deadline for state compliance until after President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017.

Kansas Awaits EPA Greenhouse Gas Announcement

June 2, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas officials are waiting to see how the federal government plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions only days after the state signed off on a new, $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant.                        

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.                        

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.                                

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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