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Missouri Utility Still Interested In Nuclear

August 15, 2014 4:39 am | by Jacob Barker - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Associated Press | News | Comments

Past the razor wire and security checkpoints that guard Missouri's first and only nuclear power plant, there's an empty gravel lot where a second reactor was to have been built.Union Electric — the utility now known as Ameren Missouri — envisioned an $839 million, two-reactor facility when ...

Americans Are Willing To Pay More For The Digital Grid

August 14, 2014 12:52 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In an era when a smartphone can quickly pinpoint its location on a map, few power providers know that customers lost electricity before somebody calls them. Fewer still can see whether the outage was caused by a fallen tree branch, a lightning or faulty equipment. Americans are ...

Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions. Shell said Thursday that it will also receive drilling rights to ...      

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Natural Gas Plant in Western KY Canceled

August 14, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the utilities announced on Tuesday that they were ...

Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 1:01 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material — a relative of the plastics used in food containers — could ...

Nuclear Waste Facility Planned For Idaho

August 6, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The company contracted by the federal government to run an eastern Idaho nuclear complex has awarded a $34 million subcontract to another company to build a disposal facility for low-level nuclear waste.                 

Coal Struggle Endures With Mine Layoff Plans

August 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October. In Boone, where about 2,400 people work in coal mining, two mines employing 462 people could be shuttered.

Geismar Biofuel Plant Getting $15M Investment

August 5, 2014 8:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company's Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat. Chief Financial Officer Chad Stone said Monday part of the planned spending will go to ...  

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Agency Says Confusion Caused Missed Nuke Dump Checks

August 5, 2014 7:35 am | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators say a federal agency charged with reviewing the safety of mines failed to conduct required inspections at the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.               

Real-Time Oil & Gas Data In The Cloud

August 4, 2014 4:49 pm | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Articles | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and the integrity of the well are the primary concerns. To enhance safety and increase productivity, PML analyzes the rock cuttings and gases from the drilling fluid to ascertain information ...

Low Carbon Manufacturing At Land Rover USA

August 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Land Rover | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.               

Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

July 31, 2014 4:21 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent. Exxon reported ...           

Running On Wind In America's Heartland

July 31, 2014 4:17 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. After touring many states for several years, the company decided to set up shop in ...       

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Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source, in a project that's expected to employ 52 people. Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC announced ...

Clean Air Rules Both Too Much, Too Little

July 29, 2014 2:31 pm | by Dan Elliott and Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people across the country are telling the Environmental Protection Agency its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.                     

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 28, 2014 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

U.S. Sending Dirty Coal Abroad

July 28, 2014 8:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Revolutionary Fuel Cell; More Problems For GM

July 25, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a new fuel cell system from GE to yet another delayed recall from General Motors.                  

Obama To Attend UN Climate Summit

July 25, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state and other leaders to the Sept. 23 summit in New York. The U.N. says the goal is to spur governments, industry and civil groups to make new commitments to addressing climate change.       

EU Seeking Energy Efficiency To Ease Russia Gas Link

July 25, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

The Commission proposed to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.                                  

U.S. Nuclear Industry Needs To Think About Unthinkable Disasters

July 24, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.             

Michigan Approves 9 Projects To Add 3,900 Jobs

July 22, 2014 5:18 pm | News | Comments

Michigan approved state incentives for nine economic development projects expected to bring about 3,900 jobs, nearly half from General Motors consolidating engineering jobs from outside the state at a site in Michigan.       

The New Power Generation: This Fuel Cell System Could Spark A Revolution

July 22, 2014 10:44 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC. The breakthrough allowed the company to start building a new pilot fuel cell manufacturing and development facility in upstate New York.

Obama Opening Eastern Seaboard To Oil Exploration

July 21, 2014 8:04 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development.              

Blast Reported At Iowa Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                    

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