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Miss. Regulators Want Input On Carbon Dioxide Rule

July 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi's power plants.          

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 8:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.          

3 Arrests At Protest At Wood-Burning Power Plant

July 8, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The protesters spoke out against Seneca Jones Timber Co.'s purchase of public forestland east of Reedsport and repeated previous claims that the Seneca Sustainable Energy biomass cogeneration plant is polluting the air in its neighborhood.       

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Iowa Plant Makes First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol

July 2, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch.                

Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.                

IKEA Expanding Solar Power System In Maryland

July 2, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Installation of the new solar panels began in the fall of 2013. The project has nearly doubled in size since then.                         

EU Court Upholds Green Energy Subsidies

July 1, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union's top court is confirming countries have the right to limit subsidies for renewable energy to plants based on their territory, as opposed to companies' operations abroad.                

Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Calif. Fuel Standard

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

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Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 30, 2014 7:47 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.           

New Center In Tennessee To Help In Case Of Nuclear Disaster

June 27, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Officials in the U.S. nuclear energy industry are holding a ribbon-cutting for a facility that will hold emergency equipment that could be delivered to nuclear plants struck by a disaster or other extreme event.       

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.     

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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.                  

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