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Views Mixed on U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

For some, the news triggered speculation that declining storage space in the U.S. - at a time when the market already has too much oil - could further erode crude prices. Others believe the nation's oil capacity is already at or near its peak with millions of gallons of potential space to spare.

Ethanol Exports Reach Highest Level in Four Years

March 26, 2015 3:05 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014...

Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants

March 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Karl Ritter & Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press | News | Comments

In December Japan counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance,...

Lawmakers Unhappy with New Fracking Rules

March 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kevin Freking, AP | News | Comments

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have...

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 24, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from Michigan State University reported electric vehicles only emit about one-fifth the heat of conventional gas-powered vehicles. In areas with heavy traffic, scientists argued reducing heat emissions from cars could also lead to residents using less air conditioning.

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 23, 2015 5:34 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill Monday that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

California First to Feel Hydro-Power Crunch of Drought

March 23, 2015 5:31 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite the state's ambitious clean-air goals, officials are turning to dirtier, more costly fossil-fuel plants to fill some of the power gap.

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You Can go Home: Returnees to ND Oil Boom Town Here to Stay

March 23, 2015 10:43 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Articles | Comments

The discovery of crude oil here has been a powerful population magnet, not just bringing hordes of outsiders to the Bakken but luring back others who've discovered that, yes, they can go home again.

Obama to Order Gov't to Cut Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 19, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House.

Panel Nears Decision on Coal-Fired Power Plant Closure Plan

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come.

La Pine Biomass Electricity Plant Looks For Energy Buyer

March 18, 2015 10:24 am | by DYLAN J. DARLING, Bend Bulletin | News | Comments

The $75 million, 25-megawatt biomass plant would produce enough electricity to power about 19,000 homes, Broberg said. The plant would burn wood — limbs and other scrap left over after logging, debris from thinning projects and urban waste — to heat water, create steam and turn a turbine.

Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 16, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to a report in the journal Nature, Berkeley researchers modified metal composites with nitrogen compounds called diamines. The resulting molecule can bind with carbon dioxide at varying temperatures and without the presence of water.

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Dow Signs on to Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 13, 2015 4:31 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The farm, which will power Dow’s Freeport Texas Manufacturing plant, will span 35,000 acres and produce enough electricity to power more than 55,000 homes.

Study: Carbon Emissions Stabilize Despite Growing Economy

March 13, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global energy emissions stayed stable last year even though the economy grew, according to data released Friday that could boost chances for a landmark climate accord later this year.

Solar Eclipse Will Test Germany's Green Power Grid

March 13, 2015 2:38 pm | Articles | Comments

Will this week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

Montana Lawmaker Moves to Shield Coal Plant From Closure

March 11, 2015 5:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana lawmaker wants to protect the huge Colstrip coal-fired power plant from potential closure by imposing sizeable impact fees on utilities that shut down plants.

Miss. Power Says it Has Started Gasifier at Kemper Plant

March 9, 2015 4:43 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's another step by the unit of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. toward moving the $6.2 billion plant to being fully operational by the end of June 2016.

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3 Arguments Against Lifting The Crude Ban — That Are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 9:54 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama's proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. 

Advocates, Critics of Fracking Turn Out For Hearing on Bills

March 4, 2015 10:17 am | by MEREDITH SOMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fracking opponents came out in force Tuesday to speak their minds at a Senate hearing on legislation that would limit natural gas drilling in Maryland.

US Running Out of Room to Store Oil; Price Collapse Next?

March 3, 2015 4:25 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

Hungary Makes Nuclear Deal With Russia a 30-Year Secret

March 3, 2015 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The details of Hungary's deal with Russia to expand its only nuclear power plant will remain secret for 30 years, after new legislation was approved Tuesday.

Ohio Sues BP For More Than $33M in Cleanup of Storage Tanks

March 3, 2015 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is suing oil and gas company BP for more than $33 million, alleging it double dipped by taking state funds and money from insurers to clean up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of its gas stations around the state.

Philippines Suspends Oil, Gas Exploration in Disputed Waters

March 3, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippine government has ordered the suspension of all exploration at an offshore oil and gas field because of an ongoing territorial dispute with China, a Filipino-British company said.

Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill in Appomattox River

March 3, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a fuel spill in the Appomattox River.

Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas has bolstered the local economy.

Wolf Administration to Show How It'll Challenge Gas Industry

March 2, 2015 11:23 am | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Tom Wolf, who ran last year with the backing of environmental groups, will soon be giving a first glimpse at how his administration will approach the powerful Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

2 Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans; No Spill

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of crude went off the tracks.

Lawsuit Alleges Exxon Denied More Claims Than Paid

March 2, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two batches of bad fuel produced at ExxonMobil in mid-March 2014 caused some Baton Rouge area drivers to experience problems with their intake and valve systems.

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