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Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 10:07 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

Advanced Alternative Energy On Display At Auto Show

April 25, 2014 1:57 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Automakers are being pressured to make cars with better gas mileage and electric cars with longer ranges. Tim Stevens takes a look at a few of the models at the 2014 New York International Auto Show that truly show these features off.      

Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 21, 2014 2:31 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices, and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.           

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American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?                                           

High Oil Prices Are Actually Good For Airlines

April 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.                                    

Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                         

Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million.  

Gov. Brewer Signs Arizona Manufacturer Tax Cut Law

April 14, 2014 9:01 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters.                          

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Creating Fuel From Seawater

April 11, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | Videos | Comments

Navy researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept of technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.                  

Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 1:55 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA announced that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.                   

Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely.                 

Wind Powered Honda Plant In Ohio

April 8, 2014 11:53 am | by The Weather Channel and Juhl Energy, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products and its operations throughout North America.                                  

Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                           

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Ind. City Looks To Sell Failed Solar Panel Facility

March 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Indiana city is looking to sell off the factory that a failed solar panel manufacturer bought with hundreds of thousands of dollars in public subsidies.                          

Climate Report: Warming Is Big Risk For People

March 24, 2014 2:31 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The key message from leaked drafts and interviews with the authors and other scientists: The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought.              

Report: Inexpensive Natural Gas Is Boosting Manufacturing Jobs

March 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by The United States Conference of Mayors | News | Comments

Through 2020, the report projects that energy intensive manufacturing employment will expand by more than 1 percent annually nationwide, with 72 percent of those jobs coming in metro areas.                   

Wind Power Proposal Irks Midwest Farmers

March 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line, but farmers don't want the lines on their land.                        

Manufacturers Show Interest In, But Lack Awareness Of, Energy Demand Response Programs

March 14, 2014 8:06 am | by By Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

Even if you already deploy technologies to reduce energy consumption, you may be able to realize additional savings by enrolling in a demand response program.                           

March 2014: Minimizing Downtime

March 12, 2014 11:09 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Liberty Bottleworks talks American pride, experts explain quality and reusability for compressed air piping systems, maintenance best practices and energy awareness drive down industrial motor costs, and more. 

Natural Gas Industry Struggling To Keep Up With Demand

March 11, 2014 9:37 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is concern about whether the natural gas industry can produce all of the gas their old and new customers need, and deliver it to them through a pipeline system that hasn't been able to keep up with the new demand.         

January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

Oil Prices Spike On Russia Sanctions Fears

March 3, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil prices jumped nearly $2 a barrel Monday as Russia's military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.                        

Obama Admin Moves Ahead With Cleaner Gas Rule

March 3, 2014 1:52 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year.               

Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders, and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking. And the ramp-up in drilling has drillers buying more pipes and parts for their work.

2 Solar Projects Approved In California, Nevada

February 20, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plants were expected to supply 550 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 170,000 homes, Secretary of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a release Wednesday. More than 700 jobs will be created through construction and operations, she said.

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