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Fines, Hearings Among Lingering Fracking Issues

September 7, 2014 11:31 am | by Tammy Webber - Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. As Illinois moves closer to allowing...

Ameren Increases Water Tests At Contaminated Callaway Plant

September 5, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ameren Missouri plans to increase testing of water near its nuclear power plant in Callaway County after contaminated water was found in July in one of its monitoring wells.Nuclear power plants are required to test water quarterly, but...

Hillary Clinton: U.S. Should Lead On Clean Energy

September 4, 2014 8:31 pm | by Ken Ritter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for the U.S. to become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower. In remarks Thursday at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton credited northern Nevada's selection for...

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Noranda Aluminum Lay Off 200 Employees And Suspend Expansion

September 4, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced Tuesday that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates. The cutbacks come less than two weeks after the Missouri Public Service Commission denied its request for...

Biofuel Plant And Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 3:43 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.Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined...

Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years. Halliburton was...

Dominion Resources and Duke Energy Propose $5B Natural Gas Pipeline

September 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, and other partners are proposing 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. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because...

Blast At BP Refinery Sparks Fire, Rattles Homes

August 28, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it ...                 

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Rail Deliveries Of U.S. Oil Continue To Increase

August 28, 2014 10:25 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by U.S. railroads increased 9% during the first seven months of this year compared with the same period in 2013. In July, monthly average carloadings of oil and petroleum products were near ... 

GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 27, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells. The facility in Malta opening on Tuesday will be devoted to the ...             

Expert Calls For Nuke Plant Closure

August 25, 2014 1:52 pm | by Michael Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from ...       

Tesla Building I-80 Supercharger Station

August 25, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says. Tesla officials previously announced plans to build ...

Coal Gas Boom In China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 11:32 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble ...      

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Water Leads To Chemical That Gunks Up Biofuels Production

August 21, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mary Beckman, PNNL | News | Comments

Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps ...        

Exporting Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to ...      

North Dakota Oil Production Continues To Grow

August 19, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's Industrial Commission says oil production numbers hit record highs again in the state in June as the state's booming oil industry continues to grow. A report released Friday shows oil drillers in the state produced an average of about ...

Grand Opening Set For First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 19, 2014 10:05 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa, the nation's top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction ...

Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds In Mid-Air

August 18, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant ...

Missouri Utility Still Interested In Nuclear

August 15, 2014 4:39 am | by Jacob Barker - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Associated Press | News | Comments

Past the razor wire and security checkpoints that guard Missouri's first and only nuclear power plant, there's an empty gravel lot where a second reactor was to have been built.Union Electric — the utility now known as Ameren Missouri — envisioned an $839 million, two-reactor facility when ...

Americans Are Willing To Pay More For The Digital Grid

August 14, 2014 12:52 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In an era when a smartphone can quickly pinpoint its location on a map, few power providers know that customers lost electricity before somebody calls them. Fewer still can see whether the outage was caused by a fallen tree branch, a lightning or faulty equipment. Americans are ...

Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions. Shell said Thursday that it will also receive drilling rights to ...      

Natural Gas Plant in Western KY Canceled

August 14, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the utilities announced on Tuesday that they were ...

Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 1:01 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material — a relative of the plastics used in food containers — could ...

Nuclear Waste Facility Planned For Idaho

August 6, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The company contracted by the federal government to run an eastern Idaho nuclear complex has awarded a $34 million subcontract to another company to build a disposal facility for low-level nuclear waste.                 

Coal Struggle Endures With Mine Layoff Plans

August 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October. In Boone, where about 2,400 people work in coal mining, two mines employing 462 people could be shuttered.

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