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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.             

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Tesla To Break Ground At Two ‘Gigafactory’ Sites

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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.              

Manufacturing.net 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 Manufacturing.net, 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.                

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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.                                         

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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.             

Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The construction and operation of what has become the Kingdom Community Wind project generated fierce opposition from a number of people who claimed the project marred the pristine ridgeline for no environmental benefit.         

Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 7:52 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said.             

Gov. Brewer Signs Arizona Manufacturer Tax Cut Law

April 11, 2014 4:02 pm | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters.                

Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 10:42 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. The company believes that, long term, wind energy will help the company's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson said.         

Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 10:00 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year has unveiled a new version of the plane they say can remain in the air indefinitely.               

A Tiny Power Generator That Runs On Spit

April 4, 2014 9:27 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

Saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy sufficient to run on-chip applications, according to an international team of engineers.                        

Ethanol Producers Unhappy With Rail Service

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say clogged rail lines and other shipping problems have forced them to reduce production of the fuel and contributed to higher prices.                  

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