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Search For Better Biofuel Microbes Leads To The Human Gut

September 23, 2014 10:40 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine, researchers report.

Michigan Attorney General Sues Over Propane Costs

September 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan attorney general announced Monday he has filed a lawsuit against a propane seller...

BioEnergy: America's Energy Future

September 19, 2014 1:00 am | by U.S. Dept. Of Energy | Videos | Comments

Check out a clip from Bioenergy: America's Energy Future, a short film showcasing examples of...

Production To Resume After Diesel Plant Explosion

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, Louisiana is expected to return to production next...

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Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal Approval For Pipeline

September 17, 2014 10:14 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition.                             

Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 10:11 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator said he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program.                                     

China Rig Finds Gas After Vietnam Standoff

September 16, 2014 10:41 am | by IAN MADER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced today.                               

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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Energy To Spend $500M On Solar Power

September 16, 2014 10:34 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet North Carolina's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy.                                                               

Montana Coal Railroad To Turn Over Documents

September 11, 2014 10:04 am | by MATHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sponsors of a proposed railroad that would open Montana's huge coal reserves to new mining must turn over documents about the project's economics to a conservation group that's opposed to the line, according to a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

Commission Approves $3.5M For Westar Energy

September 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A state commission has approved a plan to allow an extra $3.5 million for Westar Energy for upgrades to a coal plant.                                   

Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 10:38 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.          

Chesapeake Energy Racketeering Case Heads To Trial

September 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chesapeake Energy has been ordered to stand trial in a racketeering case that accuses it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.                     

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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Makes $1.2B Deal With ElectriCities

September 8, 2014 3:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy has entered into a $1.2 billion agreement with ElectriCities to buy back minority stakes in several North Carolina power plants.                                     

Fight Erupts Over New England Natural Gas Plan

September 8, 2014 10:06 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans by New England officials to expand natural gas have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists and local and state officials. Now, a lawyer who represents a pipeline company, manufacturers and two organized labor groups is accusing environmental advocates of abandoning their early support for cleaner energy and trying to block pipeline projects.

U.S. Gas Prices Fall, Extending Summer Decline

September 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A national survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has dropped 2 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.46, bringing the decline to 25 cents over the last 11 weeks.                        

California Still Embroiled In Controversy Over Utility Fine

September 8, 2014 9:55 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.                  

Biofuel Plant, Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 5:05 pm | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.                          

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Is Fracking The Answer For U.S. Energy?

September 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Richard Quest and Chris Faulkner CEO of Breitling Energy discuss energy independence in the U.S. and a possible solution.                                               

Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 3, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                        

Pembina Buys Vantage Pipeline For $650M

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

Pembina Pipeline Corp. is buying the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.'s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant for $650 million.                                       

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Dominion & Duke To Build A $5B Natural Gas Pipeline

September 2, 2014 9:52 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.                 

Turning Coffee Water Into Energy

August 28, 2014 3:39 pm | by UTZ Certified | News | Comments

The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.                     

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                                

Gas Prices Fall Heading Into Labor Day

August 28, 2014 3:29 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.45/gallon (gal) this past Monday, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.                              

Power Generation Company Opening New Plant In SC

August 26, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania company that makes parts for power generation equipment is opening a new plant in Summerville, investing almost $8 million and creating 45 jobs.                          

New Process Helps Overcome Obstacles To Produce Renewable Fuels And Chemicals

August 26, 2014 10:05 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

There’s an old saying in the biofuels industry: “You can make anything from lignin except money.” But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage.                                                        

EPA Takes Comment On Four Corners Plant

August 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a proposed permit for a northwestern New Mexico power plant.                                    

GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                           

Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed

August 25, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

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