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Construction Begins on Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm

April 27, 2015 4:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Welders at the Quonset company are currently working on the foundations for five wind turbines that will eventually comprise a wind farm near Block Island, located roughly 15 miles off the Rhode Island's southern coast.

Norwich 1st Vermont Community to be 100 Percent Solar

April 27, 2015 9:52 am | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal...

Oil, Gas, Power, Prices: Big Themes From Energy Meeting

April 24, 2015 4:30 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston,...

Detroit Zoo to Turn Manure From Its Animals Into Power

April 20, 2015 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biodigester will turn about 400 tons of manure a year as well as other organic waste into...

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Utah's Oldest Coal-Fired Power Plant Shut Down

April 20, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rocky Mountain Power shut down its 60-year-old Carbon Power Plant near Helper on Wednesday, a day before stricter federal mercury-pollution rules took effect.

Apple Invests in China Solar Project, US Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 5:26 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups like Greenpeace.

Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

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Bloomberg Adds $30 Million to Anti-Coal Campaign

April 8, 2015 5:10 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

Modi Blames Changing Lifestyles For India's Rising Pollution

April 6, 2015 10:52 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

While already the world's third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, India is still home to at least 300 million people with no electricity at all, while hundreds of millions have just a couple of hours a day. Bringing them all onto a 24-hour electricity grid fueled primarily by coal could jeopardize global efforts to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

High-Efficiency Wood Heating Systems Winning Converts

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a shed behind the building. But that's where the similarity ends.

Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry

April 1, 2015 9:52 am | by VICE News | Videos | Comments

VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight.

New York Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

March 31, 2015 3:12 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn't allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.

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US to Pledge up to 28 Percent Emission Cut in Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 10:33 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Northeast, Despite Highest Gas Costs, Resists More Pipelines

March 30, 2015 4:21 pm | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Business Forecasters Boost 2-Year Outlook For US Economy

March 30, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast December 2014.

Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill to Boost Energy Efficiency

March 28, 2015 4:11 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Green Money

March 28, 2015 4:03 pm | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity.

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Exxon Unit Asks For Exception to North Dakota Gas Flare Rule

March 28, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's Oil and Gas Division heard the request from XTO Energy this week in which the company argues it has nowhere to take its gas. 

Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 28, 2015 3:28 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

Hess Corp Gives $15 Million to University of Wyoming

March 26, 2015 10:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy firm Hess Corp. has donated $15 million to the University of Wyoming to bolster research into extracting hard-to-get oil and gas deposits.

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 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33 percent more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013.

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, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, 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 issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

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.

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.

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