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Oil Getting Burned By Natural Gas

September 16, 2013 8:54 am | by Dan Kelly, Reading Eagle | News | Comments

Bright said EJB Paving's processing plants had been powered by natural gas in the past, but when gas prices began to rise, they converted to No. 2 recycled oil more than a decade ago. But economic conditions now favor natural gas, so the company has gone back.

SC's Largest Solar Farm Planned Near Coast

September 13, 2013 8:15 am | News | Comments

South Carolina's largest solar farm is being planned in Colleton County. The state-owned utility Santee Cooper said Wednesday it is working with the Central Electric Power Cooperative and the state's electric co-ops to construct the facility.   

Hydroelectric Power Makes Big Comeback At U.S. Dams

September 12, 2013 7:54 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in decades, power companies are proposing new projects to take advantage of government financial incentives, policies that promote renewable energy over fossil fuels and efforts to streamline the permit process.    


Study: Wind Farms Killed 67 Eagles In 5 Years

September 11, 2013 1:57 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation's growing wind energy industry. A total of 85 eagles were killed at wind farms since 1997, the study concludes, but most of those occurred in 2008-2012. Most deaths — 79 — were golden eagles.

EU Lawmakers Reduce Use Of Food-Based Biofuel

September 11, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

The European Parliament is capping the use of food-based biofuels to counter concerns over the energy source's ethical and environmental sustainability. Parliament on Wednesday narrowly voted to lower the amount of fuel that must come from renewable sources across the 28-nation bloc by 2020 from 10 percent to 6 percent.

Solar Boat Reaches Paris After Crossing Atlantic

September 10, 2013 1:53 pm | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest solar-powered boat has docked on the banks of the Seine River, its final port of call after a three-month voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to study how the Gulf Stream and climate change could influence each other.The 102-foot-long Turanor PlanetSolar catamaran looks like one of Darth Vader's TIE Fighters turned on its side.

How Producers And Power Generators Are Fueling The Next Energy Evolution

September 10, 2013 11:42 am | by Nathan Pascarella, Global Energy Solutions Manager, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

It’s an energy evolution — fueled by the confluence of Industrial Internet Protocol (Industrial IP), EtherNet/IP communications and energy management applications in industrial plants. Industrial plants’ energy partners — their power suppliers — will play a central role in this progression, working to advance plants’ energy efficiency goals.

Deal Touts Ga.'s Energy Efforts, Links To Jobs

September 10, 2013 9:18 am | by Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last year, state lawmakers approved a plan that eliminated the energy sales tax on manufacturing plants. At the time, only 14 states added the sales tax onto the utility bills of manufacturing plants. Deal said removing that burden has had a direct hand in companies deciding to move to Georgia or expanding operations in the state.


Renewable Energy: Security For Vulnerable Import Dependent Nations

September 9, 2013 12:03 pm | by Anders Jansson, CEO, Minesto | Blogs | Comments

The need for a secure and reliable energy supply is a seldom mentioned but very important driver for many nations moving towards clean and renewable energy supply. Paradoxically, the very factors that have made many nations dependent on imported energy, like being surrounded by water, can work to their benefit since many island nations have great potential for marine energy.

Global Clean Energy Summit To Be Held In Honolulu

September 9, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

An international conference on clean energy in Honolulu is expected to draw 1,200 attendees from more than 30 countries. The 5th annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy and Expo begins Monday at the Hawaii Convention Center.       

Report: China Questioning 5 More Oil Executives

September 9, 2013 10:09 am | News | Comments

The investigation appears to be part of efforts by China's new leadership under President Xi Jinping to tighten control over state-owned energy companies. The government has said executives are suspected of unspecified "discipline violations," a term often used to refer to corruption.

Survey: 43 Percent Of Leaders To Invest In Efficiency Next Year

September 5, 2013 2:42 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Forty-three percent of energy leaders say their investment in energy efficiency next year is projected to be more than it was last year, according to survey results released today by Schneider Electric. Twenty-two percent said their projected investment would stay the same, and 10 percent reported their investment would be less than last year.

Regulator: Fukushima Leak Was Exaggerated

September 5, 2013 9:45 am | News | Comments

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Thursday that Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s use of data regarding contamination levels of storage tank leaks at its Fukushima plant were inaccurate and exaggerated risks. He suggested dispatching advisers to train workers how to properly handle equipment and data.


Toyota Avalon Adds Fuel-Thrifty Hybrid

September 5, 2013 9:39 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Move over, Toyota Camry. It's time for Toyota's other sizable sedan, the Avalon, to get some well-deserved attention. Recently revamped with a stylish body and new features, the five-door Avalon now also has an impressive, fuel-sipping, gasoline-electric hybrid model.

Study: U.S. Oil And Gas Revolution To Increase Income, Boost Trade

September 4, 2013 11:20 am | by IHS | News | Comments

The economic and employment contributions from U.S. unconventional oil and gas production are now being felt throughout the U.S. economy, increasing household incomes, boosting trade and contributing to a new increase in U.S. competitiveness in the world economy, a new study by IHS finds.

Better QHSE For Global Manufacturers

September 4, 2013 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

Operating in a hazardous or high-pressured environment can mean anything from working in intense temperatures, during extreme weather conditions, in an offshore environment, deep underground or in remote, hard to reach locations. Without strong and comprehensive QHSE systems in place, companies could be exposed to incidents that could put their people and the environment, in danger.

Japan To Fund Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks

September 3, 2013 11:21 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station after repeated failures by the plant's operator.

Report: 38,600 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2

August 28, 2013 11:41 am | by E2 | News | Comments

Companies and communities across the United States announced at least 58 clean energy and clean transportation projects in the second quarter of 2013 that could create as many as 38,600 jobs, according to a report released today by the nonprofit business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

Shell Seeks Ethane For Proposed Pa. Cracker Plant

August 28, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. is seeking ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in western Pennsylvania. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will accept bids from August 27 to October 4, 2013. Shell is still a year or more away from making a final decision on whether to build the multi-billion dollar plant at an industrial site about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Sector Snap: LDK Misses Payment, Solar Stocks Fall

August 27, 2013 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar sector took a hit Tuesday during a broad market sell-off after LDK Solar said it would not make an interest payment on a bond that comes due on Wednesday. LDK Solar Co. reported its second-quarter results Monday. The company took a loss of $165 million, compared to $254 million a year ago. However its sales dropped 51 percent to $115 million.

Alabama Professor Creates Carbon-Capturing System

August 27, 2013 11:09 am | by Ed Enoch, The Tuscaloosa News | News | Comments

A Colorado company has licensed a method of capturing carbon dioxide pioneered by a University of Alabama assistant professor, with the hope of developing the method as a more energy-efficient way of reducing emissions at fossil-fuel power plants.

Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant To Close By End Of 2014

August 27, 2013 9:23 am | News | Comments

The New Orleans-based company announced Tuesday that the plant is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to safe shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.

First Solar Sells Projects To Group Led By GE

August 26, 2013 11:58 am | News | Comments

First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy's financial services arm. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal marks the first between First Solar and GE since their solar technology and commercial partnership was announced earlier this month.

Fracking Health Project Puts Numbers To Debate

August 26, 2013 9:26 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.

New 'Green Energy' Plants For 3 La. Locations

August 26, 2013 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. The company plans to use harvest wood waste and forest...

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