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Canadian Gas Plant Gets Preliminary OK In Penn.

March 14, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

The company still needs to complete traffic, geological, fiscal and environmental surveys and win zoning approval. Officials estimate that the project could cost $850 million to $1 billion and take three years to complete.        

NYC Explosion A Reminder Of Aging, Costly Infrastructure

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Just upgrading the nation's water and wastewater systems is projected to cost between $3 trillion and $5 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.        

Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:36 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser — and now a consultant to the oil industry — said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.     

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Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                  

Natural Gas Industry Struggling To Keep Up With Demand

March 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is concern about whether the industry can produce all of the gas their old and new customers need, and deliver it to them through a pipeline system that hasn't been able to keep up with the new demand.          

Democrats Talk All Night About Climate

March 11, 2014 7:55 am | by Donna Cassata and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.                     

Feds: Corrosion Caused W.Va. Pipeline Blast

March 10, 2014 2:23 pm | by Pam Ramsey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Severe corrosion caused a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion in West Virginia, and the incident likely could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or tested, the NTSB said.            

Japan Sees Opportunity In Fukushima Cleanup

March 10, 2014 8:35 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise.                    

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Duke: All Customers Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.        

Chevron Offers Pizza Coupons After Worker Killed

March 7, 2014 11:28 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker.                    

House Approves Bill Targeting EPA Power Plant Rule

March 6, 2014 11:37 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House has moved to block the president's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.                       

Coal Mine Operators Get Record Fine For Pollution

March 6, 2014 8:37 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the nation's third-largest coal supplier, will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges from 79 mines and 25 coal processing facilities.              

Wind Deal Status Unclear After Ruling

March 5, 2014 2:34 pm | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

The court ruled that regulators must re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind's Northeast project portfolio.           

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Supreme Court Upholds $185M Award Against Argentina

March 5, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has upheld a British natural gas company's multimillion dollar award against the government of Argentina.                        

Halliburton Donates To UW Energy Lab

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton is the latest corporation to support construction of an energy research laboratory at the University of Wyoming in response to the state's push to improve energy and engineering programs there.           

Reports: Facebook Could Buy Solar Drone Company

March 4, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports.                   

Walmart Testing Ultra-Aerodynamic Semi-Trailers

March 4, 2014 1:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Walmart today announced a concept semi-trailer truck, the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE), which is 20 percent more aerodynamic than the company’s current fleet of trucks.                 

Manufacturers Optimistic Overall, But Energy Costs Are A Concern

March 3, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

Like their peers in other sectors, industrial manufacturing CEOs are much less worried about the global economy than last year, although exchange rate volatility and energy costs are still big concerns.              

Obama Admin Moves Ahead With Cleaner Gas Rule

March 3, 2014 11:34 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year.          

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Boeing's Spy Phone; Detroit's UAW Worries

February 28, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a phone that can self-destruct from an airplane manufacturer to more stress for Detroit from the United Auto Workers union.          

Coal Crunch Leads To India's Solar Switch

February 28, 2014 10:04 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling for pricier imports.              

Four Finalist States, Others, Fight For Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’

February 27, 2014 12:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Tesla Motors recently announced that four states are in contention for a massive new $5 billion plant that the company hopes will build batteries for 500,000 cars a year and employ up to 6,500 people, and there's no doubting that the level of incentives offered will be off the charts.

China Would Use Coal Plant To Power Jamaica Port

February 26, 2014 10:48 am | by David McFadden, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company wants to build its own coal-fired plant in southern Jamaica to generate the power needed for a hoped-for $1.5 billion port that the Caribbean island envisions as helping transform its chronically sluggish economy.   

Japan Plan Keeps Nuclear As Key Energy Source

February 25, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for approval expected in March, said Japan's nuclear energy dependency will be reduced as much as possible, but that reactors meeting new safety standards set after the 2011 nuclear crisis should be restarted.

EIA: U.S. Oil Imports Have Declined Since 2011

February 25, 2014 11:29 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Since early 2011, a falling volume of crude oil imports as domestic production has risen sharply and the emergence of net product exports have driven the volume and value of net oil imports lower. These reductions occurred even though the annual average oil prices in 2012 and 2013 were at their highest historical levels.

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