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Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. Study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at...

Why Oil Is Down By Half, What It Means For You

December 15, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $58, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at...

Water Leak Found At PA Nuclear Plant

December 15, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure. PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation" but the...

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Another forecast of weak global demand, another nosedive for oil. A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession. Friday's trigger was a lowered....

Deal Salvaged At UN Climate Talks In Peru

December 15, 2014 10:30 am | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits they plan. More than 30 hours behind schedule, delegates from more than 190 countries agreed on what information should...

Richland Nuclear Power Plant Turns 30 Years Old

December 15, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The only nuclear power plant in the Northwest, the Columbia Generating Station at Richland, Washington turned 30 years old over the weekend. It's owned by the Energy Northwest utility consortium and it supplies a share of the electricity used by 92 Northwest utilities through the Bonneville Power...

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 12, 2014 12:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

This week the manufacturing sector has seen huge investments, but unfortunately that isn’t all. It has also been the backdrop of a Supreme Court decision that disregarded warehouse workers rights and sided in favor of a large corporation. So without further ado, these are IMPO’s selection for the... 

Ban Urges Big Polluters To Present Climate Pledges

December 11, 2014 3:08 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged governments to listen to scientists "shouting from the roof tops" and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change. With U.N. talks in Lima bogged down by age-old splits between rich and poor countries, Ban told The Associated...

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MS Regulators OK Small Entergy Rate Increases

December 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Under the plan, which will take effect with February bills, a residential...

Shale: A Game Changer For U.S. Manufacturing

December 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes. The report, titled “Shale Gas: Still a Boon For U.S. Manufacturing?” studied key areas such as cost savings, and estimated that the “shale effect” could save...

Advanced Energy Economy Survey Projects Growth For IA Firms

December 10, 2014 12:42 pm | by Advanced Energy Economy Institute | News | Comments

Advanced energy employment in Iowa is more than 22,000 strong and on pace to reach nearly 24,000 jobs in 2015, according to the first-ever comprehensive industry survey conducted for the Advanced Energy EconomyInstitute. The AEE Institute is a nonprofit educational and charitable affiliate of...

Northern IN Renewable Energy Project To Power 3.2K Homes

December 10, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Services announced today the start of operations at its latest landfill gas-to-energy project. The new six megawatt project at County Line Landfill involves four engines operating at one energy generation facility. The project is capable of generating enough energy to power more...

Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future

December 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast. And the "almost unspeakable" amount of...

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Short-Term Energy Outlook

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell by more than 15% in November, declining from $85/barrel (bbl) on November 3 to $72/bbl on November 28. Monthly average Brent crude oil prices have declined 29% from their 2014 high of $112/bbl in June to an average of $79/bbl in...

Intelligent Charging System Could Protect EV Owners From Fuel Sticker Shock

December 9, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

‘Tis the season when shoppers flock to online deal sites and use their price comparison software to hunt for the best bargains. They are not alone. Shipping companies could soon start using similar algorithms to cheaply and efficiently charge their electric trucks to get those same...

Duke Buys Remaining Interest In KY Coal Plant

December 8, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a transaction that makes Duke Energy the sole owner of the East Bend electric power plant in northern Kentucky. The PSC says Duke Energy Kentucky purchased the minority interest in the plant that was held by Dayton Power & Light Co. of...

New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 8, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to...

New ND Refinery Gets First Crude Shipment

December 8, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new oil refinery near Dickinson, ND is preparing to begin producing diesel fuel. The $350 million Dakota Prairie Refinery received its first shipment of 27,000 barrels of crude last week, KXMB-TV reported. Once the plant is fully operational, it will process 20,000 barrels of...

High Court Rejects BP Appeal Of Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted...

SC Co-Op Members Oppose Tighter CO2 Standards

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lot of people served by South Carolina's largest electric cooperative don't like proposed tighter government standards on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that more than 51,000 comments opposing the new standards were...

Fuel Exports Soar Under Obama Administration

December 8, 2014 9:53 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change. They have helped the island's Guna people reduce what was...

Bird's Fate Shaping Energy Development In The U.S. West

December 4, 2014 6:25 pm | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections. Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres...

Alliant Moving Ahead With Demolition Of Plant

December 4, 2014 6:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alliant Energy is moving ahead with the demolition of its Sixth Street Generating Station near downtown Cedar Rapids. The plant has been a fixture in Cedar Rapids since it began providing electricity in 1888. Part of the plant was damaged by flooding in 2008 and it stopped...

Christie Says Oil Pipeline Should Have Been Approved

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the controversial Keystone XL pipeline should have been approved a long time ago and the regulatory process has gone overboard. Christie made the remarks in Calgary, Alberta while on his second foreign trip in recent months, which has given him the chance...

ND Power Plant Off Line After Fire

December 4, 2014 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

No one was hurt in a fire at the Coyote Station power plant near Beulah in western North Dakota. Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. says in a statement that a mechanical failure about 5 a.m. Thursday led to the fire. The cause of the equipment failure was not...

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