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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.         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, from China getting ready to deliver its first homegrown airliner to a French engineering mistake that will cost $68 million to fix.        

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.         

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.              

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.                  

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