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Energy-Producing States Blast Obama Climate Change Plan

May 5, 2015 2:58 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys general from two energy-producing states say the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices.

Big Data Dawn On The High Seas

May 5, 2015 2:43 pm | by GE Reports Staff | News | Comments

A seaborne locomotive sounds like crazy idea, but engineer Andy McKeran, who designs heavy-duty...

Texas Legislature Acts To Stop Cities From Limiting Drilling

May 5, 2015 10:28 am | by Will Weissert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and...

Study: Trace Amount Of Drilling Chemical Found In Water Well

May 5, 2015 10:08 am | by Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and...

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Seattle Mayor: Port Needs New Permit For Arctic Oil Fleet

May 4, 2015 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell has been planning to base its fleet — including a drill rig and two tug boats — at the port's Terminal 5 for six months each year, when they're not being used in the Arctic.

Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal Over Energy Regulation

May 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices agreed to review a lower court ruling that struck down a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule that requires utilities to pay energy consumers for lowering electricity use during times of peak demand.

Study: Cutting Carbon Dioxide Saves 3,500 U.S. Lives A Year

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Lab studies on animals show how soot and smog harm the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and epidemiological studies link tens of thousands of deaths each year to soot and smog pollution, said study co-author Joel Schwartz, a Harvard environmental epidemiologist.


Pilot To Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific For Five Days, Five Nights

May 3, 2015 6:08 am | by Louise Watt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The aircraft will climb to the altitude of Mount Everest, almost 9,000 meters (29,500 feet), during the day to get more sunlight, recharge the batteries and store more energy. At nighttime, the plane will fly lower, at a minimum of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet).

Agreement Addresses Coal Supply For New Mexico Power Plant

May 1, 2015 3:13 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a power plant that supplies more than 2 million customers throughout the Southwest have reached an agreement that will ensure it has coal through 2022.

House Passes $35B Bill For Energy Department, Water Projects

May 1, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 240-177 tally fell short of the margin that would be required to overcome a promised veto by President Barack Obama.

U.S., Canada Unveil Rules To Boost Oil Train Safety

May 1, 2015 2:39 pm | by Joan Lowy, Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The regulations are a long-awaited response to a series of fiery train crashes in the U.S. and Canada, including four so far this year.

Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The company characterized the announcement as a critical step in moving away from fossil fuel-based electricity and toward an energy market with zero emissions.


Fee Proposed On Rail Cars That Haul Oil, Other Flammables

May 1, 2015 10:24 am | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions.

Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability

April 30, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that the taptic engine made by China-based AAC Technologies Holdings breaks down over time, which forced the tech giant to scrap some already-completed watches.

Obama To Sign Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency In Buildings

April 30, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

BP To Sell Stake In North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The energy giant currently operates the Central Area Transmission System, which runs from undersea oil fields to a terminal in the U.K., but last week agreed to sell its roughly 36 percent equity in the pipeline to Paris-based Antin Infrastructure Partners for $486 million.

Groups Want Review Of Shell's Arctic Regulatory Filings

April 29, 2015 10:49 am | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling.


Audi Runs On Green Diesel For The First Time

April 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The electricity is farmed using environmentally-friendly methods, making the entire process environmentally neutral.

Editor’s Picks: The Morality Of The Maker Culture And The Future Of EVs

April 28, 2015 2:53 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

For this round of Editor’s Picks, I’ve handpicked pieces that highlight dilemmas within the manufacturing industry.

Construction Begins On Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm

April 28, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Rhode Island officials on Monday planned to mark the start of construction on what will eventually become the nation's first offshore wind farm.

Company Behind Keystone XL Seeks U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline

April 27, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The project would transport 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken shale range to a hub on TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline, which would enable crude to be shipped from the prairie to Canada's Atlantic Coast.

Cheaper Fuel Has Airlines Soaring To Record Profits

April 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Like motorists, airlines have been saving money at the pump since oil prices began plunging last summer. Even with a recent increase, the spot price of jet fuel is down 40 percent since September.

White House Expresses 'Concerns' About Energy Funding Bill

April 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The DOE's Office of Science would see a 0.6 percent increase to $5.1 billion under the committee's bill, while the administration asked for a 5.3 percent increase.

Feds Move To Speed Approval For Great Plains Wind Projects

April 23, 2015 2:47 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are moving to speed up their review of wind power projects across the Upper Great Plains in anticipation that the industry will continue growing.

NY Mill Scraps Pipeline, Gets Natural Gas By Truck

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After cost increases scuttled plans for a natural gas pipeline beneath Lake Champlain, a northern New York paper company is going to get its natural gas by truck.

USGS Investigates Link Between Fracking, Increased Earthquakes

April 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"We're used to two or three earthquakes a week, but … two or three every day now, this past week, is really strange," Dea Mandeville, the city manager of Medford in northern Oklahoma, told National Public Radio.

Critics Question Gulf Drilling Activity Five Years After BP Spill

April 23, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“There is a management culture that wants to make money," former BP executive Kevin Lacy told the AP. "It counts speed over reliability."

Study Links Swarm Of Quakes In Texas To Natural Gas Drilling

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking.

Federal Report Calls For Billions In Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 21, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The system, the report said, must be more capable of safely transporting fossil fuels and distributing energy from renewable sources.

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