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Siemens Powers First Flex-Plant In Texas

September 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panda Power Funds and Siemens Energy Inc. dedicated the Panda Temple Power Project in Temple, Texas. This is the first Flex-Plant in commercial operation in Texas. Siemens Energy supplied the natural-gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in consortium with its...

L.A. Looks To The Wind For Electricity

September 24, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging. An alliance of four companies say...

Stealth Destroyer Fires Up Gas Turbine For First Time

September 24, 2014 6:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship. Engineers and technicians have spent months testing systems and preparing for lighting the marine turbines, which are similar...

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India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 3:44 am | by Katy Daigle - Associated Press | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to maneuver the...

HP Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 23, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP today announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels. With this announcement, HP becomes the only global IT company to have set carbon reduction goals for...

Torrent Energy Services Partners With CSL Capital Management

September 23, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Torrent Energy Services, LLC and CSL Capital Management are pleased to announce they executed definitive agreements that will provide Torrent with growth capital to accelerate its business plan. Torrent offers modular gas processing equipment and services...

Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 22, 2014 4:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a ceremony this morning, Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base. The factory, which is the only N-type solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Texas, will create...

Oil Producer Unveils New Formation

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma City-based energy company has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that the company's CEO said will elevate the state as an oil producer. Continental Resources Inc. said western Oklahoma's Springer Shale deposit is in the heart of the...

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2015 Superbowl To Be Played Under LED Lights

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ has installed high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities. According to Amy Casper, CEO of the Syracuse-based company, the facility will be the first NFL venue to...

CSA Group Announces Energy Efficiency Verification Program For Small Electric Motors

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, today officially announced an expansion to its scope of accreditation as a nationally recognized testing laboratory for small electric motors to the...

Methanex Restarts Chile Plant

September 19, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Methanex Corporation announced today that it has successfully restarted its Chile I plant at its site in Punta Arenas, Chile. The Chile operation had been idled since May 2014 due to insufficient natural gas supply. John Floren said, "We are pleased to have restarted our Chile I plant, supported by...

Exxon To Wind Down Russian Drilling Project

September 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil said Friday that it will wind down a drilling project in Russia in compliance with U.S. sanctions, but said it received a license to keep working beyond the sanctions' deadline in order to complete the work. U.S. Sanctions against Russia...

CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation. The Day of New London reports that Bill Sheehan, chairman...

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Chesapeake Utilities To Build Heat, Power Plant In Florida

September 19, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Eight Flags Energy, LLC, is pursuing the development and construction of a combined heat and power plant in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. The plant will be...

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...

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...    

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...

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