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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.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: China's First Jet; A Drug Company Suicide

May 23, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from China getting ready to deliver its first homegrown airliner to a French engineering mistake that will cost $68 million to fix.        

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Biden: Cyprus Will Turn Region Into Global Gas Hub

May 23, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Cyprus's newly found offshore natural gas reserves can transform the eastern Mediterranean into a "global hub" for the fossil fuel.                

Boeing Buys Fuel-Saving Software Maker

May 23, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

The Boeing Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy British aviation software maker ETS Aviation to offer its customers a way to manage how much fuel it uses.               

GE To Delay Alstom Deal Vote

May 23, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

General Electric has agreed to give Alstom three additional weeks to consider GE's $17 billion offer for the French engineering company's energy-related operations.                  

China Investigating Energy Officials Over Bribes

May 22, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

State media have reported that investigators found as much as $160 million in cash at the home of Wei Pengyuan, deputy chief of the coal bureau.                  

Cleaner Air May Mean Higher Electric Bills

May 21, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.         

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New Turbine Floats 1,000 Feet Above The Ground

May 20, 2014 3:40 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Altaeros has developed the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine, which uses a helium-filled shell to float as high as a skyscraper and capture the stronger, steadier winds available at that altitude.         

EEIA: Shale Gas Supply Chains Supporting 450,000 U.S. Jobs

May 20, 2014 11:11 am | by Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) | News | Comments

America’s shale energy revolution is creating and sustanting hundreds of thousands of jobs in diverse sectors of the economy that supply construction, equipment, supplies and services to shale energy operations; and making the U.S. manufacturing sector more competitive by reducing energy input costs.

EPA Considers Ethanol Change As Industry Profits Soar

May 20, 2014 8:01 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline.         

Gov. Perry Criticizes Obama Energy Policy

May 19, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has written to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration's energy policies, EPA regulations and failure to approve the construction of a pipeline to carry tar sands crude from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.  

Fee For Nonexistent Nuke Waste Site Ends

May 15, 2014 12:39 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn't exist.              

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Ohio Court Blocks Duke's Charges For Clean-Up

May 15, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

The Ohio Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Duke Energy Corp. from charging customers for pollution clean-up at its deactivated manufactured-gas plants.                 

Getting Smart With Energy Intelligence

May 14, 2014 4:01 pm | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.    

Permit Submitted For Proposed Wyoming Wind Farm

May 14, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

The developers of what could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. have submitted their application for a state permit in Wyoming to build the wind farm.                

Solar Industry Tries To Salvage Rebate Effort

May 13, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association said its members will have to lay off thousands of workers if state lawmakers don't fix an incentive program that provided up to $50,000 in rebates to customers who installed solar rooftop panels. 

N.Y. Plant Among First To Do Risk Assessment For Quakes

May 9, 2014 3:24 pm | News | Comments

A nuclear plant operated by Entergy Corp. in the New York City suburbs will be among the first to do an in-depth analysis of its risk from earthquakes.                  

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.             

Manufacturing.net 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 Manufacturing.net, 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.     

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