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Changes Ordered At Los Alamos Over Waste Leak

September 30, 2014 11:31 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday. The leak contaminated ...

8 Tips For Maintenance Efficiency

September 29, 2014 3:35 pm | by Scott McNeill | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. In addition, unplanned...

GE Introduces Largest And Most Efficient Gas Turbine In The World

September 29, 2014 1:28 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Anyone who’s met her will tell you that Harriet is not like other house guests. When she arrived from France in Greenville, SC, earlier this year, her hosts at a local GE gas turbine factory had to build a new train turntable just to get her settled in her quarters. They also erected a gas plant to...

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Ford Invests In Future With New LED Lighting At Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million, will save energy and money while improving safety and lighting...

Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct In Tires

September 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Mark Gillispie - Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires. Akron-based Goodyear is embracing a technology that converts the ash that...

EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 25, 2014 4:25 pm | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a...

Duke Energy To Build Solar Plant In NC

September 25, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it plans to build a solar plant in Bladen County. The Fayetteville Observer reports the utility said Arizona-based Phoenix Solar is the contractor, and the solar panels will be manufactured by Yingli Solar. A Duke spokesman said...

Grainger's Minooka DC LEEDing By Example

September 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | News | Comments

It should be no surprise that a $9+ billion company like Grainger has the ambition to think big. The company’s Minooka, IL branch--a one million square foot central stocking distribution center--has all the finishing touches of a top-of-the-line, premium efficiency...

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Renewable Energy Plan Hinges On Utah Caverns

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an...

Siemens Powers First Flex-Plant In Texas

September 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panda Power Funds and Siemens Energy Inc. dedicated the Panda Temple Power Project in Temple, Texas. This is the first Flex-Plant in commercial operation in Texas. Siemens Energy supplied the natural-gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in consortium with its...

L.A. Looks To The Wind For Electricity

September 24, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging. An alliance of four companies say...

Stealth Destroyer Fires Up Gas Turbine For First Time

September 24, 2014 6:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship. Engineers and technicians have spent months testing systems and preparing for lighting the marine turbines, which are similar...

India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 3:44 am | by Katy Daigle - Associated Press | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to maneuver the...

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HP Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 23, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP today announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels. With this announcement, HP becomes the only global IT company to have set carbon reduction goals for...

Torrent Energy Services Partners With CSL Capital Management

September 23, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Torrent Energy Services, LLC and CSL Capital Management are pleased to announce they executed definitive agreements that will provide Torrent with growth capital to accelerate its business plan. Torrent offers modular gas processing equipment and services...

Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 22, 2014 4:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a ceremony this morning, Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base. The factory, which is the only N-type solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Texas, will create...

Oil Producer Unveils New Formation

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma City-based energy company has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that the company's CEO said will elevate the state as an oil producer. Continental Resources Inc. said western Oklahoma's Springer Shale deposit is in the heart of the...

2015 Superbowl To Be Played Under LED Lights

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ has installed high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities. According to Amy Casper, CEO of the Syracuse-based company, the facility will be the first NFL venue to...

CSA Group Announces Energy Efficiency Verification Program For Small Electric Motors

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, today officially announced an expansion to its scope of accreditation as a nationally recognized testing laboratory for small electric motors to the...

Methanex Restarts Chile Plant

September 19, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Methanex Corporation announced today that it has successfully restarted its Chile I plant at its site in Punta Arenas, Chile. The Chile operation had been idled since May 2014 due to insufficient natural gas supply. John Floren said, "We are pleased to have restarted our Chile I plant, supported by...

Exxon To Wind Down Russian Drilling Project

September 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil said Friday that it will wind down a drilling project in Russia in compliance with U.S. sanctions, but said it received a license to keep working beyond the sanctions' deadline in order to complete the work. U.S. Sanctions against Russia...

CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation. The Day of New London reports that Bill Sheehan, chairman...

Chesapeake Utilities To Build Heat, Power Plant In Florida

September 19, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Eight Flags Energy, LLC, is pursuing the development and construction of a combined heat and power plant in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. The plant will be...

Toyota Unveils New Hydrogen-Powered Car

September 18, 2014 1:51 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Toyota quietly rolled into town with the newest addition to its eco-conscious fleet, the 2015 FCV hydrogen car. The car hits dealers in the middle of next year...             

Deconstructed Locomotive Will Power Nigeria’s Economy

September 18, 2014 12:07 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Nigeria has fast become Africa’s largest economy, but its infrastructure is still lagging. The electrical grid is so unpredictable that many businesses use natural gas to produce their own power. But that’s not enough. Sand and water often clog up pipelines and idle generators...

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