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China-Owned Firm To Open VA Plant, Create Jobs

November 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new company is moving into the former Thomasville Furniture facility in Appomattox, creating 349 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Lindenburg Industry LLC will invest $113 million to establish an industrial honeycomb manufacturing...

Kerry Urges U.S. And China To Cooperate On Climate Change

November 4, 2014 12:07 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Lara Jakes, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and China must work together to stave off a global catastrophe from climate change. He appealed for greater cooperation between the two world powers. In a speech Tuesday, Kerry praised Chinese help on combating nuclear...

Gas Nationwide Average Sits Under $3 At End Of October

November 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it: The gas station sign, with a price under $3 a gallon. "It's stunning what's happening here," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. "I'm a little bit shocked." The national average price of gasoline...

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Oil Company Lawsuit Bill Deemed Unconstitutional

November 4, 2014 9:18 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Louisiana Legislature's attempt to retroactively kill a flood board's lawsuit against the oil industry over damage to the state's coast is unconstitutional, a state judge ruled late Friday. Judge Janice Clark's decision came a day after two of the smaller players in the suit agreed to...

ND Tribe To Drill Own Oil Wells

November 3, 2014 2:20 pm | by Josh Wood, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation is planning to drill the first tribe-owned oil wells on its North Dakota reservation next year. While the 1,300 plus wells currently on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation produce roughly a third of North Dakota's daily output, the tribe only receives a fraction of money...

Cabot Corp Lignite Coal Mine Opens In TX

November 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cabot Corporation announces the opening of its new mine in Texas. This mine will produce lignite coal and supply Cabot’s adjacent activated carbon manufacturing facility in Marshall, Texas for an expected 50 years. Furthermore, it enables Cabot to continue to serve its customers’ activated carbon...

Mystery Drones Fly Over French Nuclear Sites

November 3, 2014 11:41 am | by Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press | News | Comments

French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny, unmanned drones over French nuclear power stations. A government official told The Associated Press that authorities have counted about 15 drone flights over a half-dozen nuclear sites since October 1. Authorities insist that...

Fracking Ban On The Ballot In North Texas

November 3, 2014 11:33 am | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing. The referendum is on Tuesday's ballot in Denton, which is about...

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Low Gas Prices, SUV Sales Fuel Strong October

November 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler, Nissan, and Honda all reported U.S. sales gains last month as low gas prices and booming SUV and pickup truck sales drove people into dealerships. Chrysler said its U.S. sales rose 22 per cent to 170,480 for its best October since 2001, while both Nissan and Honda posted their best October ever. Nissan sales were up...

Manufacturing Surveys Weigh On World Markets

November 3, 2014 9:42 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Global stock markets mostly fell Monday after disappointing manufacturing surveys in China and Europe reinforced concerns over the economic outlook. The Japanese yen continued its slide following last Friday's surprise Bank of Japan stimulus, falling to a seven-year low against...

CA Counties Take Fracking To The Booth

November 3, 2014 9:26 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production. Chevron, ExxonMobil, and other oil companies have donated about $7 million to try to...

GreenTech Automotive Establishes Electric-Vehicle Production Plant In MS

October 31, 2014 5:09 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA) reported the grand opening of its new production facility in Tunica, Miss. "We started GreenTech Automotive with the vision to make energy-efficient cars that are so inexpensive the average American could afford to buy them," said Charles Wang, chairman and CEO of GTA. "In the past five years we have...

Exxon, Chevron Shrug Off Effect Of Low Oil Prices

October 31, 2014 4:46 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Falling oil prices hardly seem to be bothering the two biggest U.S. oil companies, but things could get tougher in the coming months. Exxon and Chevron leaned on strong performances from their refining operations to increase profits in the third quarter despite plummeting global oil...

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U.S. Oil Rig Count Up To 1,929

October 31, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by two this week to 1,929. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,582 rigs were exploring for oil and 346 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there...

Exxon Defies Low Oil Price With Refining Strength

October 31, 2014 12:38 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

ExxonMobil Corp.'s refining and chemical operations rescued the company's third quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production. Exxon, the biggest U.S. oil company, posted a surprise increase in profit thanks to a 38 percent...

KS Gov Uses EPA Rule To Tie Foe To Obama

October 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by John Hanna, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

A protest by Kansas regulators against federal efforts to limit carbon emissions is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback an opportunity in the final days of his close re-election race to tie his Democratic rival to President Barack Obama. The Kansas Corporation Commission, which...

SunCoke Proposes Plant In Greenup

October 30, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC has filed an application with Kentucky officials to build an electric generating plant in conjunction with a coke plant on about 250 acres along the Ohio River. The Independent reports the proposed plant in northeastern Kentucky would use the coke-making process to generate up to...

Lawsuit Challenges Power Plant's Restart With Gas

October 30, 2014 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The environmental group Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's approval to restart an idled power plant on the Hudson River with natural gas instead of coal. The petition filed in state Supreme Court in Albany seeks a halt to resumption of operations at the 500-megawatt Danskammer power plant...

Entergy Cuts Money It's Seeking In MS Rate Case

October 30, 2014 11:33 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Entergy Corp. has agreed with Mississippi regulators to cut $35 million from the amount it is seeking from customers under a new rate plan, dropping the total to $14 million annually and setting the stage for the Public Service Commission to approve the plan by Dec. 9. Mississippi's largest private utility also...

Vega Biofuels Lays Out Construction Schedule For Torrefaction Plant

October 30, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vega Biofuels, Inc. announced today that construction has started at the site of its Joint Venture with Agri-Tech Producers, LLC in Allendale, SC. Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other...

Colder Weather Drives Forecast Of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions

October 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Today In Energy | News | Comments

In the long term, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations, which drive the level of energy use for both heating and cooling, are a very significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting...

Appalachian Biofuels To Establish Facility In VA

October 29, 2014 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Appalachian Biofuels LLC is planning to establish its headquarters and biodiesel production facility in Russell County, creating 40 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the company will invest $3.5 million for the project. Virginia successfully competed against South Carolina for the...

Costs Rise Another $496M At MS Power Plant

October 29, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $496 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $6.1 billion. And, unlike other recent overruns, customers could have to pay $167 million of the charges if regulators...

Russia, Ukraine Looking For Gas Deliveries Deal

October 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's energy chief is hoping talks between Ukraine and Russia will yield the breakthrough needed to guarantee Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter. After inconclusive talks last week, Wednesday's negotiations...

Electric Car Drivers Trading Gas For Solar Power

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren't cheap,...

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