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The World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

January 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Volkswagen XL1 is the world's most fuel-efficient car. It's a plug-in hybrid with a 0.8 liter, 2 cylinder aluminum diesel engine and gets 160 mpg.                             

Achieving Net-Zero Use Of Grid Energy In Manufacturing

January 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Articles | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency in their manufacturing, product lines, distribution, and administrative operations. 

Volvo Facility Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

January 21, 2014 1:20 pm | by Volvo Group | News | Comments

At the end of December 2013, Volvo Construction Equipment’s site in Braås, Sweden, completed its journey towards becoming carbon dioxide neutral.  It is the first construction equipment production facility in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy.

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Next-Generation Manufacturers Are Saving Money On Energy

January 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

The modern energy marketplace is changing. Annual non-renewable energy expenditures for the industrial sector have been projected to grow from approximately $206 billion in 2010 to $584 billion in 2040. Thus manufacturers find themselves with increased bargaining power that can lead to larger savings.

FutureGen Gets Key Energy Department Approval

January 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department issued its 25-page approval of the $1.65 billion plan that would refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois. The project would remove carbon dioxide from the coal and store it underground. The greenhouse gas is linked to climate change.

Google Invests $75M In Texas Wind

January 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation | News | Comments

Google today announced that it has finalized an agreement to invest $75 million in the Panhandle 2 wind farm, which will be located outside of Amarillo, Texas. Pattern Energy Group LP will develop the 182MW facility, which generates enough electricity to power 56,000 U.S. homes.

Power Quality Problems Plague Manufacturing’s Push For Productivity

January 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Articles | Comments

Power is the lifeblood of manufacturing. However, the integration of sensitive electronics into most logic assemblies has made the circuitry (and therefore productivity) of the equipment that drives industrial automation much more susceptible to power quality fluctuations.

Natural Gas Exports: Slow Walk Or 'Danger Zone'?

January 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some large manufacturers that use natural gas say the Energy Department is moving too quickly to approve gas exports, pushing the United States into a "danger zone" that could raise prices and harm the economy.            

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Top 10 Biofuels & Biobased Predictions For 2014

January 8, 2014 8:57 am | by Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

As 2014 gets underway, The Biofuels Digest resists the first-of-year temptation to look back over the challenges and highlights of the year gone by, and instead lists the 10 Top Biofuels Predictions for 2014.            

Tesla Station To Bring Electric Cars To Wyoming

January 7, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope.

Westmoreland To Buy Coal Operations For $435M

December 24, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Westmoreland Coal Co. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the coal mining operations of Sherritt International Corp. for about $435 million which will help it expand its operations in Western Canada. The Englewood, Colo., company said the deal will double its business and make it the sixth largest coal producer in North America.

Owner Plans To Open Hopewell Bio-Fuel Plant

December 24, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a bio-fuel plant in Hopewell plans to open the facility instead of dismantling it. Vireol Bio-Industries had planned to ship the plant's equipment to its plant in England.                    

The Cheapest Energy Is That Not Consumed

December 4, 2013 9:35 am | by Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy | Articles | Comments

The energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that finally enable companies to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks, but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.

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Plant Design: Efficient Budgeting And Resource Conservation For Food Manufacturers

December 2, 2013 9:20 am | by Kerry Mowlam, Division Manager, Stellar and Frank Freeman, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

We find that many plants are now undergoing expensive retrofits because future needs were not appropriately considered. Not only are retrofits expensive, but if new equipment is not sized and sequenced effectively, it can significantly affect your energy costs.

October 2013: Drivers Ed

November 6, 2013 1:18 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, experts share maintenance best practices to cut industrial motor use costs, a company explores new ways of connecting businesses to manufacturers, and a bottling business focuses on zero wast management and American jobs.  

Report: 30 Pct. Renewable Energy Mandate Doable

November 5, 2013 1:19 pm | by David Eggert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan is positioned to double its share of electricity from wind and other renewable sources within two decades but risks falling behind other states if nothing is done, state officials said in a final report issued to Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday.

Ceramic Lamps With Electronic Ballasts

October 29, 2013 9:47 am | by EYE Lighting | Product Releases | Comments

EYE Lighting 375W ceramic lamps run on an exclusive electronic ballast, and can be used to replace up to 1000W HPS and MH systems, generating over 675 watts in energy savings.

U.S. Manufacturing In Position To Regain Millions Of Jobs By 2020

October 29, 2013 9:12 am | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists | Blogs | Comments

Although no prosperity is guaranteed for the years ahead, the market seems to indicate that we’re on the verge of a strong boom period when it comes to job creation for the manufacturing industry.               

Tenn. Officials Steer Clear Of Zero-Emissions Plan

October 28, 2013 2:29 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors from eight other states representing 23 percent of the U.S. auto market pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roadways by 2025.                 

Second Tritium Leak Reported At S.C. Nuke Plant

October 23, 2013 11:54 am | by AP | News | Comments

The spill hasn't made nearby drinking water unsafe, according to federal regulators.                                                

Super Smog Hits North China City

October 21, 2013 2:51 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.        

Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

Utah Utility To Retire Coal-Fired Power Plant

October 21, 2013 2:38 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The Carbon Power Plant near Helper, UT is being slated for early retirement after 60 years because of new federal limits on mercury emissions.                       

Chevron Halts Shale Gas Search After Protests

October 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Chevron says it has suspended searching for shale gas in northeast Romania following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.                  

Estimate: New Waste Landfill Would Cost $817M

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy says a new Oak Ridge landfill for hazardous and radioactive wastes would cost roughly $817 million — a figure that's cheaper than shipping the material to an off-site disposal facility. The department estimates that shipping out the wastes would cost almost three times that much.

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