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Can Low Oil Prices Be Good For The Environment?

November 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren't so bad for the environment after all. The global price of oil has plummeted 31 percent in just five months, a steep...

State Releases Proposed Air Quality Rules

November 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proposed state regulations for meeting federal air quality standards include limits on what could be burned in wood stoves. In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and...

China's Energy Plan Reduces Reliance On Coal

November 19, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese officials announced limits Wednesday on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.Under a development plan issued by China's Cabinet, energy consumption by 2020 must be no more than 28 percent higher than the 2013...

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Public Hearing Set For Plans To Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last month for three coal-fired plants and one gas-fired...

Toyota To Start Sales Of Fuel Cell Car

November 19, 2014 9:16 am | by Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press | News | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in...

Fracking To Be Permitted In GW National Forest

November 18, 2014 12:19 pm | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia's governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast. The U.S. Forest Service originally planned to ban...

SunEdison Buying First Wind For $1.9B

November 18, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion. The St. Peters, Missouri-based company and its publicly traded subsidiary, TerraForm Power, said Monday that they are buying First Wind for $1.9 billion...

WI Agency Proposes Fee For Electric Cars

November 18, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. Scott Walker's...

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CA Accuses BP Of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 4:55 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state, California and a fired BP employee allege in a lawsuit against the British energy company. The BP employee, who had helped administer...

GE's $500M Brazil Research Center Focuses On Subsea Oil, Gas Exploration

November 17, 2014 12:31 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE opened its Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro today. The $500 million research hub will focus on developing advanced technologies for offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The center, GE’s first in Latin America, will employ 400 researchers by the end of the...

Duke Announces Plans To Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                     

Berkshire Buying Duracell From P&G

November 14, 2014 10:08 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                

Drivers Should Get Used To Cheap Gas

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                            

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Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has agreed to pay a $5,000 state penalty for two spills of uranium solution from pipelines at a new Wyoming mine. Over 20,000 gallons spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine in Powder River Basin between Casper and Gillette. In-situ uranium mining...

Japan's Nuclear Cleanup Slowed By Contaminated Water

November 12, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel...

Short-Term Energy, Winter Fuels Outlook

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell from $95/barrel (bbl) on October 1 to $84/bbl at the end of the month.  The causes included weakening outlooks for global economic and oil demand growth, the return to the market of previously disrupted Libyan crude oil production, and...

Kia Reveals First Electric Car

November 12, 2014 1:06 pm | by Ann M. Job , The Associated Press | News | Comments

Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one. The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge...

U.S., China Pledge To Limit Emissions

November 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and China are pledging to move faster to reduce or limit emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. China and the U.S. are the world's two largest polluters, and by taking action together, leaders from both countries hope to spur other nations to be equally...

WI Company Buying Old Town Mill

November 11, 2014 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wisconsin-based company says it is buying a Maine paper mill that was shut down due to high wood and energy costs. WABI-TV reports that Expera Specialty Solutions announced on Tuesday that it's purchasing the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill and will resume pulp production. The company expects that...

Jamaica Signs Deal To Search For Offshore Oil, Gas

November 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jamaica's petroleum firm has signed an agreement with a British oil company, clearing the way for oil and gas exploration in offshore blocks south of the island. The "production sharing agreement" was signed with London-headquartered Tullow Oil, which has a 100...

Foundation Of U.S. Nuclear System Showing Cracks

November 10, 2014 2:19 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it. The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and...

OH Airport To Add Plants, Reduce Carbon Footprint

November 10, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southwest Ohio airport plans to plant hundreds of acres of grasses to help reduce its carbon footprint, officials said. About 270 acres of tall prairie grass will be planted near the Dayton International Airport, the Dayton Daily News reported. Officials said the grasses will offset...

OH County Holds Off On Fracking Due To Low Oil Prices

November 10, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in northeast Ohio say drilling in shale deposits is on hold due to decreasing oil prices.The Star-Beacon in Ashtabula reports that although geographic studies have shown there are large shale deposits throughout Ashtabula county, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is...

Shell Takes On NM County Over Drilling Ban

November 7, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first county in the United States to impose an outright ban on oil and gas development could see its controversial ordinance gutted, if not tossed all together, as a federal judge considers the measure's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge James Browning said...

IL Lawmakers Approve Fracking Rules

November 6, 2014 3:05 pm | by Kerry Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois lawmakers signed off Thursday on long-awaited rules regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling, a practice that lawmakers and industry hope will unleash an economic boom in the southern part of the state. The rules, which the state Department of...

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