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Shining More Light

June 16, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects.               

Energy Giant Starts Work On $12M Morocco Factory

June 16, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Multinational energy company Eaton has broken ground on a new $12 million electronics plant in Morocco that could signal increased foreign investment for this North African country.             

Power Plant Debate Prompts Stat War

June 16, 2014 11:58 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. There's just one problem: Almost none of it is based in reality.

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Obama: Climate Change Deniers Ignoring Science

June 16, 2014 8:18 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

He described a political system consumed by "small things" but said Americans should be determined to do "big things" like addressing climate change, despite the type of opposition he faces from Congress.            

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 8:01 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying to develop tougher types of fuel that might reduce the damage during extreme events like the one at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.                  

Workers In Key Industries Get Most Pay Raises

June 13, 2014 8:27 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.               

EPA Promotes Power Plant Rules To Governors

June 11, 2014 7:54 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the EPA promoted proposed clean power plant rules to Western governors, framing the plan as a way to deal with destructive wildfires and floods that have ravaged the region in recent years.         

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Indictment For Glock; Incompetence At GM

June 6, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the GM recall report that blames incompetence and negligence for the recall that led to 13 deaths to an indictment for a gun dealer and Glock executives over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Blast Rocks Kosovo Power Plant

June 6, 2014 8:15 am | by Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge explosion rocked Kosovo's main power plant Friday, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen, a government official told The Associated Press Friday.                    

First Solar Shares Rise After Commerce Dept. Decision

June 4, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Shares of First Solar rose Wednesday as the Commerce Department clamped down on Chinese solar equipment companies by imposing preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs.                

New Mexico Utility Adding More Solar Power

June 4, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

New Mexico's largest electric utility says it will meet a state standard for renewable energy by building four more solar arrays in 2015.                    

Power Plant Plan Clouds Coal's Future

June 3, 2014 8:44 am | by Dina Cappiello and Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The defensive posture of coal states comes as the resource struggles to compete with plentiful natural gas, the primary driver for coal's diminishing share of the U.S. electricity market — and environmental regulations are not helping.    

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Construction Work Begins For Ice Wall At Fukushima

June 3, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began construction of a huge underground ice wall around four reactor buildings, a key measure to tackle the toxic water buildup at the complex.       

Gore Praises Obama's Pollution Proposal

June 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

He said the symbolic value was more important that the reduction of emissions that could follow. "It re-establishes the moral authority on the part of the United State of America in leading the world community," Gore said.     

EPA Aims To Cut Power Plant Carbon By 30 Percent

June 2, 2014 8:28 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Power plants are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., accounting for about a third of the annual emissions that make the U.S. the second largest contributor to global warming on the planet.           

White House Touts Energy Policies

May 30, 2014 8:08 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.        

GE Chief Woos French Leader, Seeks Alstom Deal

May 29, 2014 3:37 pm | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of General Electric is promising to create jobs in France and trying to charm the French president into backing a $17 billion GE buyout of manufacturer Alstom's energy operations.            

Kansas Company To Build Biogas Plant In Missouri

May 29, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

A Kansas company that converts agricultural manure into energy and fertilizer will build its next biogas production plant in west-central Missouri's Pettis County.               

Exxon: Oil Will Be Top Energy Source For Years

May 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. says alternative fuels will grow but that oil will remain the world's leading source of energy for another quarter century.                 

Applied Industrial Technologies To Acquire Knox Oil Field Supply

May 28, 2014 11:51 am | by Applied Industrial Technologies | News | Comments

Knox Oil Field Supply is a family owned and operated distributor of oilfield supplies and related services established in 1978. Products include downhole pumps, rods, valves and fittings, and general supplies.                

SunPower Announces New Solar Plant In Colorado

May 28, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

SunPower Corp. plans to double its solar power generating capacity in the San Luis Valley with a new 50-megawatt solar power plant.                    

Dirtiest Power Plant To Get Clean

May 28, 2014 7:46 am | by Dina Cappiello and Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive western Pennsylvania power plant is expected in a few years to turn from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how coal-fired power plants can slash pollution.          

U.S. Plants Prepare Long-Term Nuclear Waste Storage

May 27, 2014 3:51 pm | by Michael Melia, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.            

New Mexico Biofuel Facility On Fire

May 27, 2014 2:49 pm | News | Comments

A biofuel facility near Anthony in southern New Mexico caught fire Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said.                

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