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Department of Energy Offers $17 Million Conditional Commitment to Improve Reliability of New York State's Electrical Grid

August 2, 2010 10:47 am | by US Department of Energy | News | Comments

Washington D.C. - Energy Secretary Steven Chu today offered AES Energy Storage, LLC a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee for $17.1 million to support the construction of a 20 megawatt (MW) energy storage system using advanced lithium-ion batteries.

Nucor spends $680,000 on 2Q gov't lobbying

August 2, 2010 5:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nucor Corp. spent $680,000 in the second quarter to lobby Congress on legislation related to fair trade, energy and steel for military use, according to a recent disclosure report.The April-June total compared with $630,000 that the Charlotte, N.C., steelmaker spent on lobbying in the second...

Eastman Chemical spends $370,000 on 2Q lobbying

August 2, 2010 5:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eastman Chemical Co. spent $370,000 in the second quarter to lobby the government on issues related to energy, climate change and research funding, according to a recent disclosure report.The total compared with $270,000 that the company spent on lobbying efforts in the year-ago quarter and was...

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Va program puts teachers underground in coal mines

August 1, 2010 12:35 am | by DEBRA McCOWNAssociated Press | News | Comments

Kathleen Rowe said she was more afraid than anyone about going into a coal mine. But one trip two miles underground changed her mind."People portray this as a scary job," she said as she toured Paramont's Deep Mine No. 35 in Russell County. "I was one of the most scared of all of us, but once...

Printer Continues Its Long Tradition of Environmental Leadership

July 30, 2010 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comprehensive recycling, water conservation and energy management programs are among the environmental efforts that helped Quad/Graphics' Hartford, Wis., manufacturing facility achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, Silver rating, from the U.S. Green...

NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home'

July 30, 2010 5:47 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Transpired solar collector technology developed at NREL boosts the efficiency of the new Research Support Facility on the Lab's campus.

Hawaii utility proposes electric car charging deal

July 29, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaiian Electric Co. is proposing a plan to make it cheaper for early adopters of electric vehicles to charge up.The electric utility's program was filed with the state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday.The three-year pilot project would be available to 1,000 customers of Oahu, 300 in...

Fact check: Whitman capital gains plan questioned

July 28, 2010 2:35 pm | by SAMANTHA YOUNG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Meg Whitman wants to eliminate the capital gains tax in California if she is elected governor in November, a key part of her plan to boost state employment.Her sales pitch: Cutting taxes for the wealthy will encourage them to create private-sector jobs.Yet economists say that doing...

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Honeywell Acquires E-Mon

July 28, 2010 12:42 pm | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Company says it has acquired E-Mon, a manufacturer of electric submetering products and systems, which will allow Honeywell to offer a more complete energy efficiency portfolio.

Harvesting Heat

July 28, 2010 12:30 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The TE-Power Node uses any source of thermal energy to drive a wireless transceiver, storing power in a thin-film battery. The Node is a test bed for designers looking to build the next generation of sensor networks, in which the sensors power themselves by harvesting energy from the environment.

Energy and Defense Departments Announce Agreement to Enhance Cooperation on Clean Energy and Strengthen Energy Security

July 28, 2010 2:47 am | by US Department of Energy | News | Comments

Washington, D.C. - At a White House Forum on Energy Security today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense to accelerate clean energy innovation and enhance...

Project helps Alaskans spice up soil

July 27, 2010 11:35 pm | by DAN JOLING - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

While Alaska has abundant natural resources, soil that's good for gardening isn't among them.To help residents create better dirt and grow vegetables to supplement their hunting, fishing and gathering, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks was given a federal grant to create demonstration...

GM, Nissan compete for best deal on electric car

July 27, 2010 2:35 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over a decade ago, electric cars were expensive niche vehicles for gadget lovers and celebrities. Now, Nissan and General Motors are competing to sell the most affordable electric car to middle-class America.The contest escalated Tuesday when GM announced it would start the Chevrolet Volt...

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California Team to Receive up to $122 Million for Energy Innovation Hub to Develop Method to Produce Fuels from Sunlight

July 27, 2010 1:02 pm | by US Department of Energy | News | Comments

Washington, D.C. - As part of a broad effort to achieve breakthrough innovations in energy production, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced an award of up to $122 million over five years to a multidisciplinary team of top scientists to establish an Energy...

Secretary Chu Announces Closing of $117 Million Loan Guarantee for Kahuku Wind Power Project

July 27, 2010 1:02 pm | by US Department of Energy | News | Comments

Washington D.C. - Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy has finalized a $117 million loan guarantee for Kahuku Wind Power, LLC, the owner and operator of the Kahuku Wind Power project.

NREL Scholarship Gives Columbine Grads a Boost

July 27, 2010 1:02 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Ten years ago, in the wake of tragedy, NREL set up a fund to help students at Columbine High School. The investment still pays dividends.

China Denies Energy Consumption Report

July 20, 2010 5:29 am | by Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

International Energy Agency said China has overtaken the U.S. as world's largest energy consumer, but Beijing immediately questioned the calculations.

Praxair To Open Gas Manufacturing Plant In Virginia

July 13, 2010 8:00 am | News | Comments

One of the largest industrial gases companies in the world is investing more than $15 million to open a manufacturing plant in Virginia.

European Energy Firms Look To U.S. As Biomass Source

July 13, 2010 7:35 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Wood biomass in the U.S. South is attracting interest from European energy companies in their search for long-term, reliable and competitively priced supply sources.

Fluidic Energy Gets $3M Grant For Battery Research

July 13, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

Arizona company has been awarded $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop more efficient batteries for industrial applications.

Solar Plane Takes Test Flight

July 7, 2010 5:24 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

An experimental solar-powered plane whose makers hope to one day circle the globe using only energy collected from the sun took off for its first 24-hour test flight Wednesday.

Vestas Gets Order For 139 Turbines

June 30, 2010 11:10 am | News | Comments

Denmark-based manufacturer of wind turbine components says it has an order for 139 turbines for a new wind farm on the eastern plains of Colorado.

Wind Turbine Plant To Be Built In Oklahoma

June 30, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

Eagle Claw Fabricators, part of Word Industries Inc. of Tulsa, says it expects to hire 175 people at a plant to be built in the Port of Muskogee that will make wind-turbine towers.

U.S. Says Oil Spill Shows Need For Green Energy

June 29, 2010 4:56 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Senior American energy official said Tuesday the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico dramatically illustrates the need for investment into renewable sources of energy.

Greenpeace Says Renewable Energy Is Cheaper

June 22, 2010 6:02 am | News | Comments

Developing countries in Asia should invest more and faster in renewable energy because it would create jobs and save money in the long run, Greenpeace energy campaigner said.

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