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No Vote On IL Fracking Rules Until November

October 14, 2014 4:25 pm | by Jason Keyser, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has...

Companies Abandon Ambitious Desert Solar Project

October 14, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It sounded like a good idea: build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 percent of its electricity needs by 2050. But the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted defeat following disagreements over...

U.S. Indexes Slide, Airlines, Energy Stocks Drop

October 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices. Airlines, energy, and materials stocks were amoing the biggest decliners. Stocks are coming off their worst week in more than two years. The downturn...

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GE Gas Turbines To Help Provide Uninterrupted Power In Iraq

October 14, 2014 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq. GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to...

Vega Biofuel Breaks Ground On Pilot Torrefaction Plant

October 14, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products. When completed in Q1 2015, the plant will use a patented torrefaction technology to produce the...

ParkOhio Acquires Autoform Tool & Manufacturing

October 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ParkOhio today announced that it has acquired Autoform Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. (ATM), headquartered in Angola, Indiana, for its Assembly Components segment in an all-cash transaction valued at $48.2 million. ATM is an important supplier of high pressure fuel rails and...

Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 13, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy. Low fuel prices can help boost economic growth by reducing fuel bills and leaving consumers and companies with...

California Power Regulator Exits Amid Criticism

October 13, 2014 9:42 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's chief utility regulator, under fire over accusations of secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey made...

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East Coast Possible Focus For Offshore Oil

October 9, 2014 5:11 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fossil fuel and wind power companies are focusing on America's East Coast as a coming energy hub and industry representatives said Thursday they want politicians to ease up regulatory restraints in return for the promise of jobs and tax revenues. Oil companies looking...

Lego Scraps Shell After Greenpeace Video

October 9, 2014 4:55 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish toy manufacturer Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in some 30 countries, following a viral campaign protesting Arctic drilling. Environmental activists Greenpeace launched in July a video showing an...

300 On Strike At Schneider Electric

October 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 300 workers have been on strike at a northern Indiana factory after rejecting a proposed contract. The strike at the Schneider Electric plant in Peru began early Monday, with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...

Georgia Lawmakers Consider New Carbon Emission Rules

October 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia lawmakers are considering how the state could meet new rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Under a federal plan, Georgia would ultimately have to trim its carbon emissions more than 40 percent from 2012 levels. Georgia's Environmental...

Solar Technology That Ignites Birds Rejected

October 9, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.The California Energy Commission was slated...

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EU Approves UK Bid To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Power Plant

October 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag. The EU's executive... 

Panasonic, Coronal Group Acquire Solar Project

October 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. announced that it teamed up with Coronal Group LLC to acquire the 6 MW Balsam Lake Solar Project from Balsam Lake Green Energy. The project, based in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, is part of the Ontario...

Cutler Proposes Plans To Save Bucksport Mill

October 6, 2014 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is calling on the owner of a closing Bucksport paper mill to preserve the mill so it can be sold to a new operator. Cutler sent a letter to Verso Paper Corp. President David Paterson on Monday also asking Paterson to "operate and maintain" the mill's...

Cool Planet Unveils Commercial-Scale Production Facility

October 6, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company that develops sustainable solutions for energy, food, and water, has unveiled its first commercial-scale production facility for its CoolTerra™ soil amendment. The new manufacturing facility is...

Obama's $200M Manufacturing Institute Investment

October 3, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders of the National Photonics Initiative, an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, praised news that President Barack Obama will today unveil a new competition to award more...

20-Cylinder Gas Engine Pumps Iron In Texas

October 2, 2014 10:07 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s appetite for electricity. No other state consumes more power, a whopping 10 percent of the national total. All that demand, however, is straining the local grid. Large power plant owners in Texas have...

Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

October 1, 2014 4:55 pm | by Susan Montoya Brown - The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to... 

Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announce the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California. The projects provide 16.2 MW of energy to Southern California Edison’s grid...

Nuclear Supplier Agrees To Changes After Cheating

October 1, 2014 11:46 am | by Ray Henry - Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago. Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. agreed in a settlement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory...

New SunEdison Technology To Slash Cost Of Solar Power

October 1, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunEdison, Inc., a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that its most advanced polysilicon technology was now in production and on target to produce solar material at the...

Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles

October 1, 2014 9:28 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialization of electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and...

Two Rivers Plant To Receive Cleanup

September 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is cleaning up environmental pollutants left behind by a manufactured gas plant it operated. Integrys Energy Group, Inc. is seeking regulatory closure for the Two Rivers plant that ceased operations almost seven decades ago, HTR Media (...

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