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Toyota To Produce Paprika With Auto Plant Heat

April 16, 2012 9:15 am | News | Comments

The operation will emit 25 percent less carbon dioxide, compared with conventional cultivation using gas, and cut production costs by 7 percent.

Southeast Industrial Plants Make Bold Moves Toward Improving Energy Efficiency

April 13, 2012 3:30 pm | News | Comments

Seven manufacturers in the Southeast are currently helping to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of an energy efficiency certification program in their plants that is designed to be the “gold standard” of energy efficiency programs.

More Wear Found On Tubes At Cal Nuke Plant

April 13, 2012 9:18 am | by Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaside plant has been shut down for more than two months while investigators try to determine why the high-pressure tubing broke down so quickly.


Gov't Lawyer: Oil Rig Owner Hindering Federal Probe

April 12, 2012 9:36 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Transocean said the U.S. Chemical Safety Board does not have the authority to investigate the explosion that led to the massive Gulf oil spill.

Coast Guard Checks Shell Report Of Gulf Oil Slick

April 12, 2012 9:27 am | News | Comments

The company reported a "light sheen" of oil about one mile long and ten miles wide in the general area of two of its production facilities.

Doctors: Pa. Drilling Law Hurts Health

April 12, 2012 9:25 am | by Kevin Begos and Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Public health advocates and doctors are saying that more money, not less, needs to be funneled into research about illnesses that could be tied to drilling.

Natural Gas Prices Drop Below $2

April 11, 2012 2:05 pm | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A mild winter and a production boom have left the U.S. with more natural gas than Americans can consume.

Army Lab To Develop Energy-Saving Technology

April 11, 2012 9:02 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

New lab will develop technology such as fuel cells and hybrid systems for combat vehicles as the Pentagon steps up its push for cleaner and more reliable energy.


Coal Exports Surge To Highest Level Since 1991

April 10, 2012 12:45 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Department of Energy data shows exports have more than doubled since 2006, going mostly to energy-hungry markets in Asia.

Natural Gas Glut Means Drilling Boom To Slow

April 9, 2012 9:49 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

With natural gas prices at a 10-year low — and falling — many producers are admitting that a mild winter will force production changes.

Drilling Fees Pay For New National Forest Lands

April 6, 2012 9:57 am | by Jeff Barnard, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the 28 different purchases from North Carolina to Oregon will protect clean water and fish and wildlife habitat.

Apple Files Plan To Build Silent Power Plant

April 4, 2012 9:17 am | News | Comments

Apple filed plans with the N.C. Utilities Commission to build what is being touted as the nation's largest private fuel cell energy project.

Calif. City Isn't Fazed By Solar Firm Collapse

April 3, 2012 2:15 pm | News | Comments

"It's a little blip," Blythe City Manager David Lane, suggesting that another company will finish the project, which could power up to 300,000 homes.


Animal Fat-To-Biofuel Plant Proposed In Calif.

April 3, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

North Star Biofuels anticipates running three shifts to produce up to 65,000 gallons of high-quality biodiesel and bio jet fuel each day.

Solar Trust Seeks Bankruptcy Protection In Del.

April 2, 2012 1:13 pm | News | Comments

The California-based solar energy company failed to meet a deadline for an Energy Department loan guarantee for its 1,000-megawatt project.

Lithuania, Hitachi Ink Nuclear Plant Agreement

March 30, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

Lithuania wants in order to replace a Soviet-era nuclear facility it closed in 2009 and reduce its dependency on natural gas supplies from Russia.

Indians Install Wind Turbine At Ballpark

March 28, 2012 4:25 pm | by Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Indians hope the turbine will cut costs, increase its use of renewable energy and potentially create new jobs in the region with the development of new technology.

xpedx Awarded ENERGY STAR In California, Nevada And Pennsylvania Locations

March 28, 2012 1:23 pm | News | Comments

The distribution firm's Hayward, Reno and Pittsburgh sites earned the ENERGY STAR by scoring in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

Wyoming: Environmentalists Sue Over Fracking Fluid

March 27, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three groups say companies are abusing regulatory policies to keep the public from reviewing ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids.

New Probe Finds Worse Damage At Fukushima

March 27, 2012 9:21 am | News | Comments

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose.

Another Japan Reactor Shuts Down; Only One Left

March 26, 2012 9:12 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex was taken off line for maintenance, while the timetable for restarts remains unclear.

Audit: Gas Lines Tied To Fracking Lack Oversight

March 23, 2012 9:24 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Government Accountability Office said a good portion of about 240,000 miles of gathering pipelines are not regularly inspected for leaks or corrosion.

Electric Cars Risk Losing Green Sheen In Japan

March 23, 2012 9:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some believe that the "eco-friendly" image of electric cars will be tainted by their connection to the Fukushima nuclear plant.

US Navy And Cobalt Produce Bio Jet Fuel With Butanol

March 22, 2012 10:17 am | News | Comments

For this production run, Albemarle will use NAWCWD technologies to process Cobalt’s bio n-butanol into renewable jet fuel at its Baton Rouge, La. processing facility.

US Judge Tosses Investors' Suit Against Transocean

March 21, 2012 9:21 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge ruled Transocean did not mislead investors about problems with blowout preventers, human errors and equipment problems.

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