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At Wal-Mart, Obama Touts Steps To Deploy Solar Technology

May 9, 2014 2:50 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Framed by rows of clothing and patio supplies at a Wal-Mart in California, Obama said more than 300 companies and state and local governments have pledged to use solar energy.      Rewind: GM's Barra Gives Advice; Defining 'Made In America'

May 9, 2014 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from GM's CEO telling students to fix problems quickly to imported products and the American jobs they support.              

Feds Tell Georgia To Fix Dust Plans At Power Plants

May 9, 2014 7:57 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials are requiring that Georgia regulators better explain how a major utility will prevent dust from escaping coal-fired power plants.                      


U.S. Funds China-Backed Windmills N.J. Rejected

May 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy promised up to $47 million Wednesday to a Chinese-backed windmill project that has already been rejected twice by New Jersey regulators.                 

Worker Sues Fukushima Plant Operator

May 8, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

A former worker is seeking 11 million yen ($110,000) in compensation from the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant for exposing him to high levels of radiation after the 2011 tsunami.                   

Obama Climate Rules Can't Wait Until After Election

May 8, 2014 8:22 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's counselor on climate issues, John Podesta, affirmed that the proposal will be unveiled in early June — just as this year's general election is heating up.                             

Fire Contained At Colorado Power Plant

May 6, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

A blaze at an aging coal-fired power plant in Colorado Springs challenged firefighters, shut down the facility and forced the city's utilities department to turn to a backup plant to restore power to thousands of customers.     

Senator Says Ukraine Unrest Shows Need For Keystone XL

May 6, 2014 8:18 am | News | Comments

The head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is arguing that instability in Ukraine makes the case for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline.                 


Experts Question Ice Wall At Japanese Nuclear Plant

May 2, 2014 8:25 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts on Friday expressed skepticism about a plan to build a costly underground frozen wall at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, a development that could delay the start of construction on the project.               

Gas Plant Partially Operating After Fire

May 1, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

A Wyoming natural gas processing plant is operating at about 40 percent of its typical seasonal level just over a week after an explosion and fire.                   

NLRB Charges FirstEnergy With Unfair Labor Practices

April 30, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has charged FirstEnergy Corp. with unfair labor practices related to the closing of two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania in October.             

Tesla To Break Ground At Two ‘Gigafactory’ Sites

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The company has not said when they would be willing to announce the two top-runners. Musk also did not explain what would happen to the “losing” site after the company has already broke ground and decided to finish the plant elsewhere.     

Survey: Economists Back More U.S. Oil And Gas Exports

April 29, 2014 8:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More exports would encourage investment in oil and gas production and transport, create jobs, make oil and gas supplies more stable and reduce the U.S. trade deficit, they say.              

Advertisement Rewind: Solar Power On A Superfund Site; Volkswagen Keeps Its Options Open

April 25, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from the largest U.S. solar farm built on a Superfund site to the UAW's impact on Volkswagen's new SUV.             

Oil And Gas Firm To List Fracking Chemicals

April 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Kevin Begos and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets.              

Wyoming Town Evacuated After Gas Explosion

April 24, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.                

Google, SunPower Team Up For Solar Energy Program

April 23, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels to homeowners, the companies said on Wednesday.                   

EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 7:56 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.     

Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:29 pm | News | Comments

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, "If Russia does get away with this, I do think that there's a potential that a NATO ally is next." President Barack Obama has said his administration is prepared to take further action against Russia if diplomatic efforts to destabilize the conflict fail.

American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?     

Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 21, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Among other things, the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on solar and wind power while sending less electronic junk to landfills.                                         

Study Says Fuels From Corn Waste Not Better Than Gas

April 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law.           

Largest U.S. Solar Farm On Superfund Site Is Online

April 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.                 

Tiny Nuclear Power Plants Hold Promise

April 17, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster.          

Manchin Wants Mines To Tout Coal

April 15, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

The Democratic senator leading the fight against the White House's strategy to fight climate change is urging the mining industry to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable power to the country.             

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