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Californians On Way To State's New Energy Goals

January 6, 2015 7:41 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday. Pushing programs such as high-speed rail, for...

Record-Breaking CA Governor Toughens Climate Change Goals

January 6, 2015 12:38 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years. Brown, a Democrat, specifically called...

First Bill In GOP-Run Senate Seeks To Approve Oil Pipeline

January 6, 2015 12:21 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate's first piece of legislation will seek to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, testing President Barack Obama on a project he's been increasingly critical about, saying it wouldn't have a huge benefit for U.S. consumers. The bipartisan legislation, which is sponsored by 54 Republicans and...

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GOP-Controlled Congress, Obama Prepare For Climate Showdown

January 6, 2015 10:30 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The Republicans vow to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development. The first order of business...

Regulators Weigh Proposal To Close Part Of NM Plant

January 5, 2015 2:41 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest. The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists...

Should The 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Include An Environmental Agenda?

January 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As 2015 hits, it is officially time for a new edition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Updated every five years, the guideline provides recommendations for better overall health, including information on food intake, exercise, and reducing the risk of...

Two MO Cities Consider Solar Energy Farms

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline. Solar energy firms have been wooing Sugar Creek and Independence to build solar farms to replace carbon-based...

MS Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Emissions Limit

January 2, 2015 10:23 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In comments filed in December, leaders of utilities, state agencies and business groups called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible...

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NY Offers $14.5M For Power Plant Upgrades

January 2, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is offering $14.5 million in incentives for power plants to become cleaner and more efficient. The money comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon cap-and-trade program that charges fossil fuel-burning power plants for the carbon dioxide they emit. The new incentive program is administered by...

Program That Backed Solyndra Now Showing Successes

December 30, 2014 10:48 am | by Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs. Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is...

DNR Plans To Monitor Air Near Ameren Plants

December 30, 2014 10:23 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is planning to install air monitors near two power plants that officials say are the largest sources of sulfur dioxide emissions in the state. DNR is working on an agreement with Ameren Missouri to add sulfur...

Entergy: LA Needs More Electricity For Industry

December 30, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's largest utility needs to come up with more power before the end of 2016, and then find even more by the end of 2019 to meet the demands of Louisiana's ongoing industrial boom. That likely means building power plants for about $1 billion...

Murray Energy Expanding Coal Prep Plant

December 24, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood, West Virginia. Construction of a new coal processing facility is underway at the Ohio County Coal Co. prep plant. Murray spokesman Gary Broadbent tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register... 

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Natural Gas Down 29% In One Month

December 23, 2014 4:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies. The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. That's a steep drop even...

The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 18, 2014 4:58 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. First, let’s review the project and the two major sides in the debate. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm...

CO2 Levels Reach All-Time High, But Growth Is Slowing

December 18, 2014 2:13 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row. In its annual, “Trends in Global CO2 Emissions,” PBL Netherlands...

NY To Ban Fracking, Hand Victory To Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom...

NY Will Move To Prohibit Fracking

December 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would...

NC Group Wants Duke Energy To Slow Building

December 16, 2014 4:47 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Carolina group advocating renewable energy said Tuesday it is pressing federal regulators to investigate whether Duke Energy should buy power from other Southeast electric companies and build fewer power plants that cost consumers. NC WARN said it is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...

Boeing 737 Factory To Use All Clean Energy

December 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing says it plans to switch to all renewable energy at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, announced the switch Tuesday at the Renton factory, near Seattle. Boeing says it will eliminate energy...

Cheap, Clean, Fusion Power One Step Closer To Reality

December 16, 2014 1:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels, a much smaller carbon footprint, no greenhouse gases, and no radioactive waste... 

How Many American Homes Can Boeing's New Jet Power?

December 16, 2014 9:36 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach in the back of the plane, but in-flight entertainment isn’t one of them. The personal multiple-choice video screen standard on most long-haul flights has democratized the passenger deck and allowed anyone to binge on Big Bang...

Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. Study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at...

Why Oil Is Down By Half, What It Means For You

December 15, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $58, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at...

Water Leak Found At PA Nuclear Plant

December 15, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure. PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation" but the...

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