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EU Reaches Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 24, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Corder & Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate negotiations...

Renewable Energy Group Completes Biorefinery Upgrades

October 23, 2014 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. celebrated Thursday the completion of upgrades to its 30-million...

New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 23, 2014 4:26 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Polling data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of...

SunEdison Closes Financing On 26 MW Solar Plant

October 23, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunEdison, a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services...

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Coal-Rich Countries May Block New EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 9:56 am | by Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new...

Court Rejects Pollution Petition

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists who sought a review of plans in New Mexico and other Western states that aim to reduce haze-causing pollution. A handful of environmental groups questioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow...

EU Antitrust Watchdog Eyes DuPont, Honeywell

October 21, 2014 1:35 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said Tuesday. DuPont, based in Wilmington, Delaware, and...

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Power Plants Lead In Greenhouse Gas Pollution

October 20, 2014 1:43 pm | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The state's only...

New Environmental Rules May Raise Electricity Costs

October 20, 2014 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of electricity would increase substantially and service reliability could be significantly affected under proposed federal environmental rules, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission said in comments filed this week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this...

Biofuels Plant Harbinger Of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as...

Chevron Adds New Drillship To Deepwater Operations

October 17, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation today announced that the Pacific Sharav, a deepwater drillship built to Chevron's specifications, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling. The Pacific Sharav is an upgraded Dual-Load-Path...

Cogenra Sets Three World Records For Solar Module Power

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cogenra Solar, a provider of high-performance solar technology, today announced three world records using its Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. In a series of tests conducted by third-party laboratories, Cogenra’s DCI technology achieved up to a 15 percent increase in...

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EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Adam Riedel | Articles | Comments

A few months ago the EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may... 

Americans Willing To Spend 31% More On Responsible Food

October 15, 2014 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced in ways that uphold the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to the Conscious Consumer™ Study issued today by Gibbs-rbb Strategic...

Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

October 15, 2014 11:21 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the...

Toyota Is Global Hybrid Leader With 7 Million Sold

October 14, 2014 1:13 pm | by Toyota USA Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corporation announced today global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million unit mark in September. Toyota achieved this latest million-unit hybrid milestone at the record pace of nine months. “Hitting the 7 million mark represents our...

Illinois Suggests New Power Plant Laws

October 14, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders in a northern Illinois village struggling with controversy over a proposed power plant are asking state lawmakers to revamp the process developers must go through before making an offer to municipal leaders. A Canadian company recently withdrew its $450 million proposal to build a...

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Bag Makers Launch Push To Overturn CA Ban

October 10, 2014 8:43 pm | by Fenit Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect. The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris cleared the way for the groups to begin collecting signatures...

Oil Dealers Suing Over Gas Expansion Plan

October 10, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut oil dealers are suing over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews. The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents about 600 oil companies, said they were fling lawsuit in Hartford Superior...

East Coast Possible Focus For Offshore Oil

October 9, 2014 5:11 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fossil fuel and wind power companies are focusing on America's East Coast as a coming energy hub and industry representatives said Thursday they want politicians to ease up regulatory restraints in return for the promise of jobs and tax revenues. Oil companies looking...

Lego Scraps Shell After Greenpeace Video

October 9, 2014 4:55 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish toy manufacturer Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in some 30 countries, following a viral campaign protesting Arctic drilling. Environmental activists Greenpeace launched in July a video showing an...

EU Approves UK Bid To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Power Plant

October 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag. The EU's executive... 

American Electric Power Awards Construction Contract

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fluor Corporation was awarded a construction contract by American Electric Power (AEP) to provide environmental retrofit services at the utility company’s Northeastern power station in Oologah, Oklahoma. Fluor booked the contract for an undisclosed value...

Union Members Plan Rally At EPA Headquarters

October 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is organizing a rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.The union march and rally is scheduled for Tuesday outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters...

U Maine Receives $700K For Particleboard Research, Plant

October 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maine are receiving $700,000 in grants to develop environmentally friendly particleboard panels. The money is from P3Nano, a public-private partnership started by the federal Endowment for Forestry and Communities...

Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

October 1, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton-based Epcor will own and operate the facility and Vancouver-based Ostara will...

A Look At CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their...

Changes Ordered At Los Alamos Over Waste Leak

September 30, 2014 11:31 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday. The leak contaminated ...

Thousands Attend Willie Nelson And Neil Young Performance, Anti-Pipeline Gathering

September 29, 2014 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on...

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