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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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).

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