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Haiti Government and ECCO2 Corp Enter $1.5 Billion Dollar Cleantech Project Discussions to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Stimulate Economy

September 6, 2010 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haitian Senate president Kely Bastien and environmental innovators ECCO2 Corp ( ( ) have entered into talks regarding the launch of the "ECCO2 Haiti Project" in efforts to reduce carbon emissions and stimulate the Haitian economy following the...

EPA considers first-time rules for coal ash

September 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by CATHERINE TSAI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to federally regulate, for the first time, the disposal of the residue that comes from burning coal at power plants is getting a public hearing in Denver.It's an issue that gained urgency after the Tennessee Valley Authority plant spill in 2008, when 5.4 million cubic yards of coal...

Ky. Senate candidate Paul tours plant to tout coal

September 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by DYLAN LOVAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul visited a power plant Wednesday to tout the importance of coal to the state's low energy rates.Paul said recent climate legislation that would place a fee on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, sometimes referred to as cap-and-trade, would kill...


Dow Chemical spent $2.71 on 2Q gov't lobbying

August 31, 2010 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dow Chemical Co. spent $2.7 million in the second quarter to lobby Congress and several federal agencies on issues ranging from energy efficiency to defense, according to a recent disclosure report.The chemical manufacturer's total lobbying cost compares with the $1.2 million it spent in...

Government of Canada Investment in Manufacturing Facility Provides Significant Market Opportunities for Farmers

August 31, 2010 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Government of Canada has invested nearly $4.4 million to help Nutra Canada develop a facility for producing fruit, vegetable and medicinal plant extracts that will benefit Canadian producers.The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State...

Deere Sells Wind Energy Business

August 31, 2010 5:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Company selling wind energy business to subsidiary of Exelon for $900 million, potentially signaling an active merger and acquisition period ahead for power industry.

Rigs' drilling parts lack third-party endorsements

August 30, 2010 10:35 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The equipment failures blamed for the Gulf oil spill might have been detected if the owners of the Deepwater Horizon continued to have the rig's drilling equipment verified by independent experts — something federal regulators mistakenly thought was happening offshore.At least three government...

Scottsburg, Indiana Taps LUXIM's Light Emitting Plasma(TM) Technology to Illuminate New City Street Lights; Move Will Cut Energy Use in Half and Save City $70,000 per Year

August 30, 2010 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Scottsburg, Indiana, a new generation of high-intensity lights is illuminating the city's streets. They're among the nation's first street lights to feature Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) technology from LUXIM. As some US cities switch off their street lights to close budget gaps,...


Flywheel Company Attributes Success to Rise in Demand for Environmentally Friendly Energy Storage

August 26, 2010 4:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —VYCON ( ( ), a designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems, is proud to announce that it has been named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list, a compendium of the...

FACT CHECK: Stimulus assessments overly optimistic

August 25, 2010 11:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An occasional look at government assertions and how well they adhere to the facts.By FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Key device in Gulf spill didn't get recertified

August 25, 2010 2:35 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A critical device at the center of an investigation into the Gulf oil rig explosion didn't undergo a rigorous recertification process in 2005 as required by federal regulators, a worker responsible for maintaining the equipment told investigators Wednesday.Mark Hay of rig-owner Transocean said...

U.S. Coast Guard Validates Benefits of AbTech Industries' Smart Sponge(R) Technology for Use in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response Effort

August 24, 2010 5:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —AbTech Industries, Inc., a leading environmental technologies firm and creator of the EPA-approved Smart Sponge@ water filtration technology, is pleased to announce that its passive skimmer, absorbent boom and portable filtration applications have been...

CAPITAL CULTURE: Obama's electric car champion

August 23, 2010 8:35 pm | by KEN THOMAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

David Sandalow starts his five-mile commute each day by unplugging an orange extension cord connecting his Toyota Prius hybrid to an outlet in his brick carport.His Prius, which was converted two years ago to allow him to recharge the battery from an electric outlet, gets more than 80 miles per...


Alcoa names Chris L. Ayers COO of primary products

August 23, 2010 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. said Monday its board has named Chris L. Ayers as chief operating officer for its global primary products business, effective immediately.Alcoa makes primary aluminum for numerous industries, operating 23 aluminum smelters around the globe and nine alumina...

UN May Rein In Carbon Trading Scam

August 22, 2010 8:35 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Board that oversees a $2.7 billion carbon market has agreed to take steps that could lead to it eventually reining in what European and U.S. environmentalists are calling a huge scam.

Solar Semiconductor Announces Sonepar Canada as a Strategic Distribution Partner

August 19, 2010 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —Solar Semiconductor, a rapidly growing producer of high-quality photovoltaic (PV) products which holds the brand "Solar Semiconductor," today announced a strategic partnership with SONEPAR, a premium distributor of Electrical and Solar PV products in...

Chinese Electric Car Makers To Create Standards

August 19, 2010 4:30 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

China has set up an electric vehicles association in its latest effort to encourage wider commercialization of the costly technology.

Chemical trade group spends $1.8M on 2Q lobbying

August 16, 2010 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council spent nearly $1.8 million on second-quarter lobbying, focusing on clean energy and a renewable fuels standard among other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.The chemical manufacturing industry's trade group lobbied on legislation dealing with...

Obama launches 3 days of fundraising travel

August 16, 2010 9:35 am | by BEN FELLER - AP White House Correspondent - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, embarking on a three-day tour to raise money for Democrats, said Monday that a rising homegrown clean energy industry can help reverse years of manufacturing job losses overseas and help heal a still-ailing economy."We can't turn back, we've got keep going forward,"...

PBS chooses Bellingham to show sustainable economy

August 15, 2010 2:35 pm | by JESSICA BADERAssociated Press | News | Comments

Bellingham will be one of many cities nationwide featured in a PBS "Now" special called "Fixing the Future."TV crews were in the city Aug. 8-11, filming at sustainable businesses for the one-hour special scheduled to air Nov. 18.David Brancaccio, host of "Now," said the special's focus will be...

Audit Finds Efficiency Funds Go Unspent

August 13, 2010 10:29 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government audit finds that most of the money authorized for one of the energy efficiency programs in last year's stimulus plan is going unspent.

Ford Eyes Solar Power For Plant

August 12, 2010 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker is teaming up with two utilities to build a solar power generation system used to provide energy for production of its electric and hybrid vehicles.

Q-Cells SE publishes report as at 30 June 2010:

August 11, 2010 9:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Q-Cells SE / Q-Cells SE publishes report as at 30 June 2010: processed and transmitted by Hugin AS. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.- Sales at EUR 333.5 million in first quarter up 44 % on previous quarter- Operative EBIT positive: EUR 27.1 million in...

Calif. bill would expand access to carpool lanes

August 11, 2010 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's carpool lanes would welcome a wider variety of low-emission vehicles under a bill heading to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk.The state Senate voted 28-3 Wednesday to allow the latest generation of low-emission, hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles to use high-occupancy vehicle...

China Fights Energy Consumption Report

August 11, 2010 10:19 am | News | Comments

Beijing insisted that it is only the world's second largest energy consumer, weeks after the International Energy Agency said it had passed the U.S. to become No. 1.

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