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Regulators OK Solar Expansion for Georgia Power

July 12, 2013 10:33 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia Power must purchase more solar power for its energy system under a plan approved Thursday by state utility regulators, a move sought by solar developers and renewable energy proponents but denounced by a commissioner who argued it could raise costs.

Koch Group Uses 'Misleading' Data to Make Case Against Solar

July 8, 2013 10:09 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A political group founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch wants Georgia's utility regulators to reject a plan requiring Southern Co. to buy more solar energy, but an Associated Press review ahead of a vote on the issue finds that it has used misleading figures to build its case.

White House Has Coal Country on the Defensive

July 2, 2013 10:00 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A White House proposal aimed at reining in climate change, with its emphasis on cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, would put facilities like the 2,100 megawatt Colstrip electricity plant in eastern Montana in regulators' cross hairs.

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Arkansas Wind Turbine Plant to Stop Production

June 28, 2013 10:26 am | by CHUCK BARTELS, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A $40 million wind turbine factory in northeast Arkansas that opened in 2010 with plans to employ more than 700 people announced Friday it would end production and lay off 40 workers. The company said factory workers would be let go after existing orders have been filled.

Explosion-Proof High Bay LED Light

June 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Larson Electronics’ powerful high bay LED light provides a source of explosion-proof rated illumination that is easily mounted and adjusted.

Power Plant Limits at Center of Obama Climate Plan

June 25, 2013 10:11 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN & MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants.

Security Guards Only Workers Left at Plant Aiming to Produce Solar Panel Materials

June 11, 2013 11:28 am | News | Comments

Hoku Scientific Inc.'s estimated $400 million polysilicon plant in eastern Idaho now has only eight workers, all security guards, after its last engineer exited last month amid dwindling hopes the facility will ever produce materials for solar panels.

Canadian Solar Signs Deal for Ontario Plant

June 10, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

Canadian Solar landed a $304.2 million contract to construct a power plant in Ontario, sending shares 6 percent higher before the opening bell Monday. Construction begins in the third quarter of 2013 and the plant, being built for Grand Renewable Solar LP, is expected to be fully operational by 2015.

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Solar Industry Pushes for More Use in Ga.

May 22, 2013 9:30 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar industry in Georgia is pushing a power monopoly to expand its use of solar energy as it plans to meet the state's electricity needs over the next two decades. State utility regulators heard testimony Tuesday on the energy plans from Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power, which must submit new plans every three years.

Wind Farms Get Pass on Eagle Deaths

May 14, 2013 10:26 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country's wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin. The large death toll at wind farms shows how the renewable energy rush comes with its own environmental consequences, trade-offs the Obama administration is willing to make in the name of cleaner energy.

Exploring Energy: Hydroelectric Power

May 3, 2013 9:07 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Chem.Info’s recurring Exploring Energy feature provides readers with a chance to familiarize themselves with energy technologies and processes, both new and old. In this installment, we explore hydroelectric power.

Valley Fever Hits 28 at Solar Plant Sites

May 1, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating a valley fever outbreak that sickened 28 workers at solar power plants under construction in Central California. Valley fever is contracted by breathing spores from a fungus found in desert soil. It can cause flu-like symptoms and death in extreme cases.

Unconventional Energy Researched by Alaska, DOE

April 17, 2013 9:27 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Alaska will collaborate on future research of unconventional energy resources in the Arctic, including abundant reservoirs of methane hydrate. This opportunity gives both parties a framework under which they can have better communication about unconventional energy.

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NY Moves Toward Adopting Wind, Other Green Energy

April 7, 2013 11:08 am | by MICHAEL HILL - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study, led by researchers from Stanford and Cornell universities, provides a theoretical road map to how New Yorkers could rely on renewable energy within 17 years. It would require massive investments in wind turbines, solar panels and more from the windy shores off Long Island to sun-exposed rooftops upstate.

Interior Chief Sees Many Wind Farms in U.S. Future

April 5, 2013 9:31 pm | by MATTHEW DALY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar voiced optimism Friday that the nation's first offshore wind farm will soon break ground after more than a decade of delays and be followed by more off the Atlantic coast. Along with changes at the offshore drilling agency, Salazar pushed for renewable energy such as solar and wind power and helped to settle a longstanding dispute with American Indians.

Workers Seek Severance from Bankrupt Solar Plant

April 4, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

Ten workers who claim they're owed about $197,000 in severance pay want a federal judge in Pittsburgh to force a shuttered plant that makes solar energy mirrors into bankruptcy. The workers are among 60 who lost their jobs when the Flabeg Solar U.S. Corp. plant in Findlay Township shut down on March 28.

Financial Troubles Rock Ore. Biofuels Plant

April 3, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

A few weeks after announcing that it made ethanol from sawdust at a demonstration plant in Eastern Oregon, a Colorado company has curtailed work while it tries to raise capital for a project that already has big federal dollars behind it.

New Mass. Rules Require More Renewable Power

April 1, 2013 8:55 am | News | Comments

Massachusetts regulators have approved new requirements that state utilities seek more electricity from renewable sources. The new provisions approved Friday by the Department of Public Utilities require utilities to solicit bids for long-term clean energy contracts at least twice by the end of 2016.

Biofuel Energy Exploring Plant Sale

March 26, 2013 9:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biofuel Energy Corp. is exploring strategic options, including potentially selling one or both of its ethanol plants, after receiving a notice of default from lenders. Denver-based Biofuel Energy said Tuesday that it has engaged Piper Jaffray & Co. as its financial adviser to help it explore its options.

Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Business Connections for Obama's Energy Pick

March 26, 2013 2:04 pm | by Justin Elliott, ProPublica | News | Comments

Ernest Moniz, President Obama's nominee for energy secretary, is a strong supporter of Obama's "all of the above" energy strategy — one that embraces, fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy sources. His ties to the energy industry are numerous.

Bioreactor Sampling

March 25, 2013 9:48 am | by Mark Trotter, Trotter Biotech Solutions | Articles | Comments

The necessity of maintaining and knowing the current growth status and reactor broth conditions are several of the more critical bioprocess operations in fermentation and cell culture. In order to control and optimize bioreactor functions, frequent aseptic sampling of these operations is required.

Plastic Could Be Made from Shrimp

March 8, 2013 10:20 am | by the European Research Media Center, Youris.com | Articles | Comments

Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions.  

Battle Lines Set over Keystone Pipeline

February 15, 2013 11:35 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Obama Administration is expected to decide the fate of the pipeline project in 2013, and the debate between protestors and TransCanada continues.  

Making an Island Energy Independent

January 2, 2013 8:17 am | Videos | Comments

Renewable energy has been used in Corsica, France, for decades. Now the island is considered an experiment for the newest technologies.

Pumps for the Solar Industry

December 19, 2012 10:09 am | by Werner Todd Pump Co. | Videos | Comments

Brian Gibson talks to PSG about the advantages of abrasion-resistant Almatec pumps in the solar industry.  

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