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Japan Reactor Restarts; New Glitch Hits Fukushima

November 2, 2011 5:25 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

Radioactive particles associated with nuclear fission have been detected at Japan's tsunami-damaged atomic power plant.

Experts: 30 Years Until Japan Can Close Nuke Plant

October 31, 2011 6:00 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986, will take a considerable effort to be safely decommissioned.

China Warns Against Hoarding During Fuel Shortage

October 27, 2011 5:39 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's chronic fuel shortages are worsening with the onset of winter, plus a surge in demand due to the end-of-year rush of  factory deliveries.

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Solar Power Is Beginning To Go Mainstream

October 24, 2011 5:21 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Solar power installations doubled in the United States last year and are expected to double again this year.

Nigerian Village Files $1B Suit Against Shell

October 21, 2011 10:14 am | by Jon Gambrell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The village is bringing suit in a U.S. federal court over a drinking-water well polluted with benzene 900 times the international limit.

NRC Fines GE-Hitatchi Over NC Nuke Test Site

October 21, 2011 5:36 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Investigators identified five violations including "a significant lack of management attention" and now have levied the $45,000 fine.

Calif. Poised To Finalize 'Cap-And-Trade' Plan

October 20, 2011 5:31 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting in 2013, the plan places emissions allowances on power plants and other of the worst polluting facilities.

Major Investors Seek New Carbon Emissions Treaty

October 19, 2011 5:43 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of 285 investors representing more than $20 trillion say only legally enforceable carbon limits can spur the level of investment needed to develop clean energy.

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Statoil Buys Texas-Based Brigham For $4.4B

October 17, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA said the purchase will give it control of oil fields in North Dakota.

House Panel Looks At Solyndra Loan Restructuring

October 14, 2011 8:12 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The administration's decision to restructure a half-billion dollar loan is back in the spotlight as a House panel resumes hearings.

Crews Struggle To Drain Oil-Leaking Ship Off NZ

October 14, 2011 5:52 am | by Natacha Pisarenko, Associated Press | News | Comments

Salvage crews trying to limit the environmental damage from an oil-leaking cargo ship off New Zealand were battered by bad weather.

GE To Build Nation's Largest Solar Panel Plant

October 14, 2011 5:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The company has selected a Denver suburb for the new plant despite a string of bankruptcies in the industry.

BP, Halliburton, Transocean Cited For Gulf Spill

October 13, 2011 5:31 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators cited the companies for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year's rig explosion.

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Chevrolet To Unveil All-Electric Spark In 2013

October 12, 2011 9:35 am | News | Comments

The Detroit automaker said the Spark EV mini-car will be sold in limited quantities in certain U.S. markets.

Defunct Evergreen Solar Plants On Auction Block

October 11, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

Hilco Industrial said it will take bids on the Evergreen facilities in Devens, Mass., and Midland, Mich. after the company moved operations to China.

NZ: Spill Is Worst-Ever Environmental Sea Disaster

October 11, 2011 5:23 am | by Natacha Pisarenko, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rough weather has jostled a cargo ship stuck off New Zealand's coast and worsened its oil leak fivefold.

Analysis: Wind Energy Monitoring Market Poised for Growth

October 10, 2011 12:04 pm | News | Comments

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market earned revenues of $60.7 million in 2010 and estimates this to reach $84.3 million in 2015.

EPA Rolls Back Air Rule, Gives Texas Leeway

October 7, 2011 5:35 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed fix to the cross-state pollution rule would allow 10 states, especially Texas, to emit more smog-causing pollution than had initially been permitted.

Obama Defends Solyndra Loan, Says Solar Viable

October 6, 2011 10:05 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president said that he doesn't "buy" Republican claims that solar manufacturing can't be done cost-effectively in America.

Westinghouse Solar Files Complaint With ITC

October 5, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

Solar power company said it filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, accusing two Canadian companies of infringing on its patents.

IAEA To Help Decontaminate Japan Nuke Plant

October 4, 2011 5:44 am | News | Comments

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency will help plan the massive cleanup of areas contaminated by a radiation-leaking nuclear power plant.

IEA: Stop Subsidizing Fossil Fuels

October 4, 2011 5:38 am | News | Comments

The International Energy Agency wants world governments to curb state subsidies for fossil fuels as a way to help the environment and boost economies.

Gov't Backs 4 More Solar Loans As Deadline Looms

October 3, 2011 5:44 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department approved four more solar energy loan guarantees worth nearly $5 billion, hours before a controversial loan program was set to expire.

USDA Announces $80M For Biofuel Research

September 29, 2011 5:57 am | by Shannon Dininny, Associated Press | News | Comments

The grants allow Washington State University and the University of Washington to lead research into the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest residues into biofuels.

Obama Admin Approves Solar Loans Worth $1B

September 29, 2011 5:40 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department completed a $737 million loan guarantee to TonopahSolar Energy and a $337 million guarantee for Mesquite Solar 1.

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