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Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard. The halt occurred at around 9:47 a.m. But cooling of the No. 1 reactor immediately resumed through a backup pump, the utility known as TEPCO said.

Solvay Buys U.S. Chemical Firm In $1.3B Deal

October 7, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

Belgian chemical company Solvay says it's buying privately-held U.S. firm Chemlogics for $1.3 billion to strengthen its position in the market servicing the fast-growing oil and gas industry. Solvay SA said Monday the acquisition, expected to close by the end of the year, will enable it to take advantage of the U.S. energy sector's dynamic growth.

Massive Rig Arrives At S.C. Wind Turbine Center

October 4, 2013 2:08 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moving slowly on a floating crane and a barge, two key parts for what will be the world's largest wind turbine test unit arrived in North Charleston on Thursday. A four-story tall gearbox and a giant steel connecting ring in a mammoth box were brought down the Cooper Rover to Clemson University's Wind Turbine Drive Train Testing Facility.


Overflowing Tank Cause Of New Leak At Fukushima

October 3, 2013 8:04 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another day, another radioactive-water spill. The operator of the meltdown-plagued Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 liters (110 gallons) spilled when workers overfilled a storage tank without a gauge that could have warned them of the danger.

Canadian Solar Completes Sale Of 2 Plants

October 2, 2013 8:03 am | News | Comments

Canadian Solar has closed on the sale of two of its solar power plants to energy infrastructure company TransCanada Corp. The solar company said Wednesday that the two Canadian plants, Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids, are valued at more than $92.2 million.

Wave Of Jellyfish Shuts Down Swedish Nuke Reactor

October 1, 2013 1:29 pm | by Gary Peach, Associated Press | News | Comments

By Tuesday, the pipes had been cleaned of the jellyfish and engineers were preparing to restart the reactor, which at 1,400 megawatts of output is the largest boiling-water reactor in the world, said Anders Osterberg, a spokesman for OKG, the plant operator.

Ohio: Shale Drillers Must Report Chemicals Locally

September 30, 2013 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Ohio officials notified companies this month that a federal chemical disclosure law trumps a 2001 state law requiring that the information only be filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday ( ). The law took effect Sept. 21.

General Electric: Back To The Lab

September 30, 2013 10:26 am | by Tom McNamara and Erika Marsillac | Blogs | Comments

General Electric (GE), in addition to being one of the world’s largest corporations, is also considered to be one of its last true conglomerates. What started out from humble beginnings in Thomas Edison’s work shop in New Jersey has grown into a multinational behemoth. While most famous for its light bulbs that bring “good things to light,” many people don’t realize that for much of the last decade, GE was basically a bank.


IKEA Starts Selling Solar Panels For Homes

September 30, 2013 8:06 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.The company started selling solar panels made by China's Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday.

'Energy Corridor' Concept Pushed In North Dakota

September 26, 2013 8:05 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dalyrmple and Allete Inc. officials announced the concept on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. The idea is to establish a right of way adjacent to Allete's existing electric transmission line from in western North Dakota to Duluth, Minn., where such things as oil and natural gas could be shipped to other markets.

Attempts To Link Fukushima, Hiroshima Upset Some

September 26, 2013 8:00 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Many in this city, where the world's first atomic-bomb attack killed tens of thousands, are distressed by efforts to connect their suffering to the tsunami-triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.       

Nation's Largest Wind Farm Proposed For West Texas

September 25, 2013 10:49 am | News | Comments

Tri Global Energy LLC announced plans for Hale Community Energy on Tuesday. The vast wind farm would extend from Abernathy over much of eastern Hale County on land Tri Global says is controlled by more than 340 owners and has more than 450 shareholders.

Suntech: Court Orders Solar Projects Seized

September 23, 2013 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. said Monday that an Italian court issued a ruling to seize more solar projects that received investments from Global Solar Fund SCA. The court also ordered the seizure of tariffs paid to private companies that got investments from Global Solar, Suntech said.


Pollution Rule Hurts Coal, Helps Other Sources

September 23, 2013 8:11 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The rule proposed by the Obama administration Friday will have little effect on the mix of power sources and electricity prices anytime soon because it only applies to new power plants and is likely to be challenged in court. Even so, market forces are already reshaping power markets in the same way the rule will.

5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan's Fukushima

September 20, 2013 7:55 am | News | Comments

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the Japanese prefecture that is home to the nuclear power plant crippled in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese news agency Kyodo News reported that the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., observed no abnormality in radiation or equipment after the quake.

BASF Buying Verenium For About $51.2M

September 20, 2013 7:52 am | News | Comments

Verenium focuses on developing and selling high-performance enzymes used in food and fuel markets. BASF is a diversified company whose products range from chemicals, plastics and performance and crop protection products to oil and gas.        

Poet Set To Open Iowa Plant Early Next Year

September 20, 2013 7:43 am | News | Comments

It's the first Poet plant that will make ethanol fuel from materials such as leaves, corn cobs and cornstalks, and the Argus Leader reports ( Hartig says officials expect "a few surprises" when they start up the plant.   

Court Upholds Calif.'s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 19, 2013 1:40 pm | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling reverses a U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, and removes an injunction that at one point halted implementation of the law. The California Air Resources Board, the agency in charge of implementing the standard, appealed, and was able to continue implementing the law while the case was being heard.

FirstEnergy Faces Foes, Regulators Over Renewables

September 19, 2013 9:49 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

The campaign announced Wednesday by the 17,000-member Ohio Sierra Club is the second of its kind to target Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. and its retail affiliate, FirstEnergy Solutions. A separate coalition called Stop FirstEnergy Hikes is pushing a parallel effort.

Coal's Future Darkens Around The World

September 19, 2013 8:27 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Michael Parker, a commodities analyst at Bernstein Research, calls the shift in China "the beginning of the end of coal." While global coal use is almost certain to grow over the next few years — and remain an important fuel for decades after that — coal may soon begin a long slow decline.

Japan PM Wants Fukushima Plant Entirely Scrapped

September 19, 2013 8:16 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country's crippled nuclear power plant Thursday to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four already slated for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like radioactive water leaks.

Feds Allege More Than $100M Biofuels Scam

September 19, 2013 7:54 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six people were arrested Wednesday morning following their indictments on conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges alleging they were involved in the sale of more than 35 million gallons of fuel as 100 percent biofuel when it actually contained some petroleum diesel.

Congress Presses For Details On Obama Climate Plan

September 18, 2013 9:05 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to fully disclose plans to tackle climate change, including cost, as environmental officials readied one of the most significant pieces in President Barack Obama's global warming strategy.   

Energy Department To Sell Fisker Loan

September 18, 2013 7:41 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department says it is selling a $192 million loan made to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. The sale, to be held next month, is the latest setback for a half-billion-dollar loan guarantee offered to the California car maker in 2009 as part of the Obama administration's program to promote green energy.

Study: Methane Leaks From Gas Drilling Not Huge

September 17, 2013 10:38 am | by Kevin Begos and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drilling and fracking for natural gas don't seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.The findings bolster a big selling point for natural gas, that it's not as bad for global warming as coal.

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