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Toyota Unveils New Hydrogen-Powered Car

September 18, 2014 1:51 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Toyota quietly rolled into town with the newest addition to its eco-conscious fleet, the 2015 FCV hydrogen car. The car hits dealers in the middle of next year...             

Deconstructed Locomotive Will Power Nigeria’s Economy

September 18, 2014 12:07 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Nigeria has fast become Africa’s largest economy, but its infrastructure is still lagging. The electrical grid is so unpredictable that many businesses use natural gas to produce their own power. But that’s not enough. Sand and water often clog up pipelines and idle generators...

Horse Power Gains Favor With Small-Scale Farmers

September 18, 2014 2:44 am | by Mary Esch - Associated Press | News | Comments

While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. He readily admits that horse-powered farming takes more time and effort than tractor...

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Most U.S. Companies Project Increased Efficiency In 2015

September 17, 2014 3:54 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results released by Schneider Electric today. This represents...

Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator said Tuesday 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. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said... 

EPA Grants Extension On Power Plant Pollution Plan

September 17, 2014 1:43 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The agency said... 

Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal Approval For Pipeline

September 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Philip Marcelo, The 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. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with...  

Vermont's Largest City Runs Entirely On Renewable Sources

September 15, 2014 2:38 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With little fanfare, the...    

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Dominion Plans To Acquire Two California Solar Energy Projects

September 15, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion announced an agreement to acquire two solar energy projects totaling 42 megawatts from EDF Renewable Energy, one of North America's largest independent power producers and renewable energy project developers. The acquisitions of the California projects are expected to close in...

IN City Backs Deal For $800M Power Plant

September 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern Indiana city council has approved a development agreement for a proposed $800 million power plant despite some doubts remaining over the project's financing. The Logansport City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to...  

Emerging Regions Prove Increasingly Profitable For Industrial Valve, Actuators Market

September 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

The increase in oil exploration activities, investments in new refineries, and modernization of existing facilities will spur the uptake of valves and actuators, particularly in emerging markets such as Africa and Latin America. Demand from the offshore oil and gas industry in Latin America, in particular, is expected...

ReVolt: An Unmanned, Battery-Powered Concept Ship

September 12, 2014 1:29 pm | by gCaptain.com | Videos | Comments

ReVolt is an unmanned, battery-powered electric vessel designed to ferry cargo in short sea voyages. DNV GL's concept ship is extremely low maintenance with no need for the costly necessities of a human crew, like living quarters, making it a cost-effective alternative to...

Pennsylvania DEP Announces Listening Session On EPA Proposal

September 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a listening session to obtain public input on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon pollution emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and the...

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Taming North Dakota’s Gas Flares

September 12, 2014 11:00 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

A few years ago, astronauts orbiting the Earth started seeing a strange patch of lights flickering in a formerly dark corner of North Dakota. The region is going through an oil boom and the lights, which are spread over an area larger than Minneapolis, are flares burning up...

Nevada Governor Enacts Tesla Tax Break Package

September 12, 2014 3:46 am | by Scott Sonner - Associated Press | News | Comments

Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 million battery factory to the Silver State. The "gigafactory" is expected to bring more...

Arizona Public Service Planning Changes For Power Plant

September 11, 2014 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Public Service Co. is planning to close one of its four generators at a northern Arizona power plant in less than two years. Under a proposal APS is discussing with the Environmental Protection Agency, the 260-megawatt Unit 2 of the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City will...

WV Miners Warned About Layoffs

September 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

In what has become a painful exercise across Appalachia, Patriot Coal is again telling hundreds of West Virginia mine workers that they could lose their jobs. On Tuesday, the St. Louis-based company said it sent federally-required warning notices to...

Google Invests In California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in...   

Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 12:17 pm | 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...  

Grainger Announces World's First LEED Data Center

September 9, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products serving businesses and institutions, announced Thursday that its new data center in Lake Forest, Ill., is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type. This data center features...

First-Ever Look Inside A Working Lithium-Ion Battery

September 9, 2014 12:34 pm | by Ohio State University | Videos | Comments

For the first time, researchers have been able to open a kind of window into the inner workings of a lithium-ion battery. Using a neutron beam, chemists, and engineers at The Ohio State University were able to track the flow of lithium atoms into and out of an electrode in real time as...

Fluor Completes Gas Fired Power Plant In Texas

September 8, 2014 5:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fluor Corporation recently achieved substantial completion for the Ferguson Replacement Project, a high-efficiency combined-cycle power plant located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Developed by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the new 540 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant replaces...

Work Begins On $1B Solar Plant In Nevada

September 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Company and federal officials have marked the start of construction on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the desert 50 miles south of Las Vegas. Executives with Arizona-based First Solar Inc. and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources joined...

GE Boosts Focus On Growing Industrial Core With Appliances Sale

September 8, 2014 11:06 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

GE will sell its Appliances business to Sweden’s Electrolux in a strategic move that boosts the focus on the company’s core industrial units. The $3.3 billion, all-cash deal follows GE’s recent bid to acquire the power and grid businesses of the...

Fight Erupts Over New England's Natural Gas

September 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Stephen Singer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England's governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists, and local and state...

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