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Eastman Chemical Vows To Reduce Energy

May 28, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Chemical company has formally pledged to reduce energy intensity 25 percent over a 10-year period in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Obama Pushes Alternative Energy Amid Oil Spill

May 26, 2010 10:42 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President Obama said that the 'heartbreaking' oil spill in Gulf of Mexico underscores urgent need for alternative fuel sources to feed energy needs in U.S.

American Superconductor Expands Wind Turbine Pact

May 25, 2010 5:42 am | News | Comments

Maker of equipment for power generators and utilities is expanding its partnership with China's Sinovel to include wind turbine designs for onshore and offshore markets.


GE, Lake Erie Energy Firm Partner To Create Wind Farm

May 24, 2010 8:22 am | News | Comments

General Electric will partner with Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to build wind turbines for 20 megawatt offshore, freshwater wind farm and provide maintenance.

U.S. Urges China To Open Clean Energy Markets

May 21, 2010 5:07 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Secretary pressed Beijing to give U.S. greater access to its market to combat climate change and help fulfill Obama's pledge to double exports and create jobs.

Hawaii Offers Cash For Electric Cars, Efficient Fridges

May 14, 2010 8:25 am | by Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

According to an incentives plan, Hawaii residents will get cash rebates worth up to $4,500 for buying new electric cars and $250 for upgrading their refrigerators.

N.D. Farm Company Moves Into Wind Power

May 10, 2010 5:21 am | by Jonathan Knutson, AP | News | Comments

Kringstad Ironworks began with three employees repairing farm machinery and making potato equipment, but has diversified into sugar beet and wind power industries.

Canadian Auto Parts Maker Enters Wind Turbine Market

May 6, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Auto parts maker Linamar and German-based NCB Lohmann say they formed a strategic alliance to build and develop wind turbine components for customers in North America.


Eastman Chemical Wins Energy Efficiency Awards

May 5, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Tennessee-based company that makes chemicals, fibers and plastics used in everyday products earned energy efficiency awards again from the American Chemistry Council.

Study Outlines Va's Turbine Manufacturing Prospects

May 3, 2010 11:09 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Development of turbine manufacturing industry along Virginia's coast is key to creating jobs and reducing the costs of offshore wind energy, according a recent analysis.

Ford To Sell Electric Vans In Europe Next Summer

May 3, 2010 8:00 am | News | Comments

Automaker said it will begin selling an electric-powered version of the Transit Connect small commercial van in Europe by late summer of next year.

Michigan, U.S. Offer Grants To Wind Turbine Maker

April 30, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

State and federal governments are providing $7 million to help a Energetx Composites of Holland, Mich., develop wind-energy products.

GE's Wind Blade Tour Promotes Manufacturing Jobs

April 28, 2010 10:11 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

General Electric's wind blade tour to highlight the thousands of manufacturing jobs created if Congress works to enact policy that supports the development of renewable energy sources.


First Solar To Buy NextLight Renewable Power

April 28, 2010 8:07 am | News | Comments

Nation's largest solar panel maker said Wednesday it will acquire NextLight Renewable Power LLC, a developer of solar projects, for roughly $285 million in cash.

Obama Touts Clean Energy Industry As Job Creator

April 27, 2010 8:05 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

After touring an Iowa plant that makes wind turbines, President Obama said the U.S. must lead the world in clean energy production and cited the industry as a job creator.

McCormick To Get Solar Power System

April 22, 2010 10:05 am | News | Comments

Spicemaker said power company Constellation Energy will develop solar power system for a McCormick distribution center that will be largest single rooftop solar installation in Maryland.

Bacardi Installs Wind Turbines To Power Distillery

April 21, 2010 5:34 am | News | Comments

Rum giant Bacardi has installed two 137-foot wind turbines to help power its Puerto Rico distillery.

Kentucky Landowners Settle Suit Over Uranium Leaks

April 20, 2010 8:34 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press Writer | Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Landowners settled long-running lawsuit involving multiple companies, including Lockheed Martin, for $1.75 million over allegations leaks from uranium enrichment plant devalued property.

GE, Triveni To Make Steam Turbines

April 15, 2010 5:00 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric announced joint venture with India's Triveni to make steam turbines for India's energy-hungry economy and for export.

Louisiana May Get $124M Wood Pellet Plant

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

Proposed agreement says Port of Greater Baton Rouge will be site of $124 million wood pellet-making plant, whose products will be sold overseas and used as fuel.

China Surpasses Germany In Wind Power

April 12, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Global Wind Energy Council said China's rapid drive to install wind turbines made it the world's second largest producer of wind power last year behind the U.S.

Solar Manufacturer To Set Up Operations In N.M.

April 8, 2010 5:10 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Green2V plans to build corporate headquarters, research, development and manufacturing operations in Rio Rancho, and hire 1,500 workers over next five years.

Ford, Microsoft Partner On Electric-Car Charging

March 31, 2010 9:54 am | News | Comments

Companies have signed a deal to work together on a computerized link between houses, electric cars and utility companies to help manage energy use.

Scientists Eye Tobacco As Potential Biofuel

March 26, 2010 10:30 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Some researchers say age-old cash crop could be used to help solve nation's energy crisis by genetically modifying the tobacco leaf for use as biofuel.

3M, DOE To Research Renewable Energy

March 25, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing conglomerate signed series of agreements with Department of Energy to jointly research thin-film photovoltaics, concentrating on solar power and biofuels.

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