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U.S. Stocks Rising As Investors Await Fed Meeting

October 28, 2014 10:37 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. stocks rose early Tuesday as investors weighed earnings reports from several companies and awaited news from a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that ends tomorrow. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,884 as of 9:55 a.m. The Standard &...

Energy Stocks Fall As Oil Slips Below $80 A Barrel

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil dipped below $80 a barrel Monday, after a major investment bank lowered its forecast for crude prices this year and next. Goldman Sachs analysts now expect U.S. oil prices to be roughly $75 a barrel in 2015, down from their previous forecast of $90 a barrel. Goldman also sees Brent...

Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect For NC Jobs

October 27, 2014 6:35 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently. North Carolina officials on Tuesday are expected to hear...

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Floating Gas Terminal Anchors In Lithuania

October 27, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A giant floating natural gas terminal arrived Monday in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda as the Baltic country tries to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. The South Korean-built 300-meter (984-foot) vessel — the size of an aircraft carrier — will be able to provide 4...

DTE Energy Among Cleanest Coal-Fired Plants

October 27, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DTE Energy has completed a project at the Monroe Power Plant to significantly reduce emissions and improve air quality in the region, making the coal-fired plant one of the cleanest in the country. The Monroe plant is the first in Michigan to operate...

EU Reaches Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 24, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Corder & Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate negotiations...

Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based on a century-old fermentation technique and is now taking the next step toward a...

Renewable Energy Group Completes Biorefinery Upgrades

October 23, 2014 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. celebrated Thursday the completion of upgrades to its 30-million gallon biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa, which allows the plant to produce biodiesel from a wide variety of raw materials. Several state and local government and business leaders were on hand for...

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New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 23, 2014 4:26 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Polling data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a...

SunEdison Closes Financing On 26 MW Solar Plant

October 23, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunEdison, a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services announced today that it has closed on construction financing underwritten by Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. The funds will be used to construct the 26 megawatt (MW) DC Vega solar power plant located in...

Wolverine Power Plans New $100M Plant

October 23, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a more than $100 million natural gas-fueled power plant in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. Cadillac-based Wolverine announced Wednesday the electric generating facility is planned for Otsego County's Elmira Township, west of Gaylord. Wolverine says the...

Coal-Rich Countries May Block New EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 9:56 am | by Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new...

Court Rejects Pollution Petition

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists who sought a review of plans in New Mexico and other Western states that aim to reduce haze-causing pollution. A handful of environmental groups questioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow...

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GE Mobile Turbines Help Baja Rebuild After Deadly Hurricane

October 22, 2014 9:47 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When Hurricane Odile hit the Baja California peninsula in mid-September, it quickly became one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in Mexico. It killed five people, stranded thousands of tourists, and left almost everyone on the peninsula without power. The beautiful, rugged coastline...

U.S. Oversight Increased At Millstone Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping up oversight at Connecticut's nuclear plant following a safety violation, the federal agency said Tuesday. The Millstone Power Station in Waterford was cited for failure to address repetitive problems with a pump that is part of a...

Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution Or Evolution?

October 21, 2014 4:21 pm | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association | News | Comments

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies. Sweetening the deal is the fact that "fuel" from the sun and the wind is free. Forever. No long-term contracts to negotiate and pay out over...

Judge To Rule Against Ameren In Power Line Case

October 20, 2014 6:33 pm | by David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge said Monday that he will rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state regulators' permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said he's inclined to reject Ameren's request for a...

Power Plants Lead In Greenhouse Gas Pollution

October 20, 2014 1:43 pm | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The state's only...

New Environmental Rules May Raise Electricity Costs

October 20, 2014 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of electricity would increase substantially and service reliability could be significantly affected under proposed federal environmental rules, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission said in comments filed this week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this...

Gas Natural Sells Its Wyoming Energy West Assets

October 17, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy West Inc. is selling its subsidiary, Energy West Wyoming Inc. to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million. Energy West parent company Gas Natural Inc. announced the sale of the natural gas pipelines, real estate, equipment, and contracts on Tuesday. The transaction...

Biofuels Plant Harbinger Of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as...

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a...

Cogenra Sets Three World Records For Solar Module Power

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cogenra Solar, a provider of high-performance solar technology, today announced three world records using its Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. In a series of tests conducted by third-party laboratories, Cogenra’s DCI technology achieved up to a 15 percent increase in...

EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Adam Riedel | Articles | Comments

A few months ago the EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may... 

A Look At GE Steam Turbine Generators

October 15, 2014 11:54 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Wikipedia describes the art and fashion movement called Steampunk as a “sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the...  

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