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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A federal judge this week struck down a New Mexico county's fracking ban in one of a growing number of regulatory fights over the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil from deep rock underground.            

Landfill Could Be One of Last to Tap Methane for Power

January 23, 2015 10:37 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When most Californians think about the source of renewable energy flowing into their homes, they...

Another Group Pulls Support From PNM's Power Plant

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A third group is withdrawing its support of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan to shut down...

Siemens Receives Order for Wind Project in Kansas

January 22, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens has announced that it will supply 21 wind turbines to NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a...

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'Greening' the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 2:41 pm | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company.                             

Feds Project Lower Crude Prices, Increased Production in 2015

January 14, 2015 9:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016.                                   

Energy Hub Seeks to Improve Production of Composites

January 13, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites.                      

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3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.                            

California On Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said.   

A Look at the Plans for Undersea Robotic Industrial Plants

January 6, 2015 12:17 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Subsea oil and gas deposits off the coast of Brazil exist in a world of extremes.This unwelcoming world has long been off limits to humans, but that’s changing. Energy companies are planning to place entire industrial plants processing oil and gas on the seabed. 

Regulators Weigh Proposal to Close Part of New Mexico Plant

January 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.             

2 Missouri Cities Consider Solar Energy Farms

January 5, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline.                   

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Low Oil Prices Unlikely to Hurt Railroads

January 2, 2015 1:44 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stunning collapse in oil prices over the past several months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude shipments seen in recent years.                 

States Work To Meet New Renewable Energy Standards

January 2, 2015 10:17 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

LA Needs More Electricity for Industry

December 30, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's largest utility needs to come up with more power before the end of 2016, and then find even more by the end of 2019 to meet the demands of Louisiana's ongoing industrial boom.                  

Tombigbee EPA Change Hits Some Hard

December 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

A new deposit policy for industrial and commercial users served by the Tombigbee Electric Power Association has caught many of them off-guard, as businesses will now face paying deposits several times over what they had paid in the past.   

Wind Tree Uses Micro-Turbine Leaves to Generate Electricity

December 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A French start-up says its Wind Tree is ideal for urban environments, harnessing the most gentle of winds to produce power through its micro-turbine leaves.                           

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Natural Gas Down 29 Percent in One Month

December 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. That's a steep drop even for a fuel notorious for volatile price swings.           

The Keystone Pipeline Debate in the New Year

December 19, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes.                                     

Nevada Regulators Look Again at Tribal Solar Plant

December 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada utility regulators are considering a revised plan for a solar power generating facility that had been proposed for the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation as part of an NV Energy effort to retire coal-fired plants.       

Boeing 737 Factory to Move to Clean Energy

December 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.                         

How Many American Homes Can Boeing's New Jet Power?

December 16, 2014 2:43 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation has spent the last two decades developing smarter, lighter and more efficient electrical and computer systems for military and passenger planes. The business unit just won a major order to supply electrical power technology and avionics systems to Boeing’s family of new 777X wide-body aircraft, which is currently in development.

Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 16, 2014 2:02 pm | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press | News | Comments

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming.           

Is LED Really that Efficient and Cost Effective?

December 16, 2014 1:45 pm | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics LLC | Articles | Comments

Not only do LED lights improve efficiency and reliability, but light levels and quality are either maintained or improved over metal halide systems as well. So, to answer the question of whether or not LEDs really are that efficient, and can they really save that much money, the answer is a resounding yes.  

Cheap, Clean, Fusion Power One Step Closer to Reality

December 16, 2014 12:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels.                         

U.S. Household Gasoline Expenditures Nearing 11 Year Low

December 16, 2014 9:54 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The average U.S. household is expected to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 compared with 2014, as annual motor fuel expenditures are on track to fall to their lowest level in 11 years.                 

6 Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              

Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession.             

Shale: A Game Changer for U.S. Manufacturing

December 11, 2014 1:48 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes.                             

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