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Notre Dame Partners With GE For Turbine Research

June 27, 2014 7:42 am | by Tom Coyne, Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of Notre Dame and General Electric Co. announced plans to partner in a $36 million research and test facility for massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants and the oil and gas industry.   

States Confront Concerns About Fracking, Quakes

June 26, 2014 7:46 am | by Emily Schmall and Kristi Eaton, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of being harangued by anxious residents, governments in all three states are finally confronting the issue, reviewing scientific data, holding public discussions and considering new regulations.           

Report Tallies The Cost Of Climate Change

June 24, 2014 8:12 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Among the predictions: Between $66 billion and $106 billion in coastal property will likely be below sea level by 2050, and labor productivity of outdoor workers could be reduced by 3 percent because extremely hot days will be far more frequent.     


Atom Smasher Will Get Twice The Energy Next Year

June 23, 2014 10:04 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades.                      

New Mexico's Largest Solar Plant Opens

June 20, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

The Macho Springs project will provide EPE with solar energy for the next 20 years through a purchase agreement that will impact 395,000 customers in both New Mexico and Texas.                 

Lawsuit Claims Extending Eagle Death Permits Illegal

June 19, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.                

Eaton To Pay $147.5M To Settle Trade Secrets Dispute

June 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal after Eaton lawyers paid to improperly influence an ex-Mississippi state judge who eventually served prison time.

Ohio Coal Company Sues Over Emissions Rules

June 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest coal companies on Wednesday sued President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon emissions rules for power plants.         


Sustainable Energy Hub For Asia Launched

June 18, 2014 10:03 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy demand is soaring in the region on the back of economic and population growth, and the ADB said that by 2035 developing countries in the region will account for 56 percent of global energy use, up from 34 percent in 2010.            

Musk Takes On Carbon With Solar, Battery Bets

June 18, 2014 7:50 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.               

Shining More Light

June 16, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects.               

Energy Giant Starts Work On $12M Morocco Factory

June 16, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Multinational energy company Eaton has broken ground on a new $12 million electronics plant in Morocco that could signal increased foreign investment for this North African country.             

Power Plant Debate Prompts Stat War

June 16, 2014 11:58 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. There's just one problem: Almost none of it is based in reality.


Obama: Climate Change Deniers Ignoring Science

June 16, 2014 8:18 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

He described a political system consumed by "small things" but said Americans should be determined to do "big things" like addressing climate change, despite the type of opposition he faces from Congress.            

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 8:01 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying to develop tougher types of fuel that might reduce the damage during extreme events like the one at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.                  

Workers In Key Industries Get Most Pay Raises

June 13, 2014 8:27 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.               

EPA Promotes Power Plant Rules To Governors

June 11, 2014 7:54 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the EPA promoted proposed clean power plant rules to Western governors, framing the plan as a way to deal with destructive wildfires and floods that have ravaged the region in recent years.  Rewind: Indictment For Glock; Incompetence At GM

June 6, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from the GM recall report that blames incompetence and negligence for the recall that led to 13 deaths to an indictment for a gun dealer and Glock executives over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Blast Rocks Kosovo Power Plant

June 6, 2014 8:15 am | by Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge explosion rocked Kosovo's main power plant Friday, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen, a government official told The Associated Press Friday.                    

First Solar Shares Rise After Commerce Dept. Decision

June 4, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Shares of First Solar rose Wednesday as the Commerce Department clamped down on Chinese solar equipment companies by imposing preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs.                

New Mexico Utility Adding More Solar Power

June 4, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

New Mexico's largest electric utility says it will meet a state standard for renewable energy by building four more solar arrays in 2015.                    

Power Plant Plan Clouds Coal's Future

June 3, 2014 8:44 am | by Dina Cappiello and Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The defensive posture of coal states comes as the resource struggles to compete with plentiful natural gas, the primary driver for coal's diminishing share of the U.S. electricity market — and environmental regulations are not helping.    

Construction Work Begins For Ice Wall At Fukushima

June 3, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began construction of a huge underground ice wall around four reactor buildings, a key measure to tackle the toxic water buildup at the complex.       

Gore Praises Obama's Pollution Proposal

June 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

He said the symbolic value was more important that the reduction of emissions that could follow. "It re-establishes the moral authority on the part of the United State of America in leading the world community," Gore said.     

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