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Lawmakers Encourage Drivers To Buy Clean Vehicles

September 5, 2013 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Senate has approved two bills designed to encourage motorists to buy low-polluting vehicles. Both extend existing programs that allow solo drivers to use carpool lanes as an incentive. B286 by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco passed the Senate Wednesday on a 30-8 vote.

VA Utility Top Bidder For Offshore Wind Leases

September 5, 2013 2:28 pm | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia Dominion Power submitted a successful $1.6 million bid Wednesday to lease nearly 113,000 offshore acres for the development of wind turbines that could power 700,000 homes. Virginia's largest utility beat out one other bidder, Apex Virginia Offshore Wind LLC of Charlottesville, in the nation's second lease sale of ocean bottom dedicated to the development of huge wind turbines.

Report: 38,600 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2

August 29, 2013 2:18 pm | by E2 | News | Comments

Companies and communities across the United States announced at least 58 clean energy and clean transportation projects in the second quarter of 2013 that could create as many as 38,600 jobs, according to a report released by the nonprofit business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

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Train Shines Light On Self-Contained Solar Power

August 29, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

A nature reserve in central Hungary has become a testing ground for self-contained, solar-powered train travel. Engineers say the narrow gauge train is the first of its kind and could become a template for larger train transport systems. Reuters' Matthew Stock reports.

AL Professor Creates Carbon-Capturing System

August 27, 2013 2:25 pm | by Ed Enoch, The Tuscaloosa News | News | Comments

A Colorado company has licensed a method of capturing carbon dioxide pioneered by a University of Alabama assistant professor, with the hope of developing the method as a more energy-efficient way of reducing emissions at fossil-fuel power plants.

Lab Owner Sentenced To 40 Months In Waste Case

August 27, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after being convicted of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson sentenced Tennie White to 40 months during a hearing Monday. 

AK Steel Reaches $1.6M Settlement With Feds

August 23, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AK Steel Corp. is paying a $1.6 million civil penalty to resolve air pollution violations that occurred at its now-closed coke plant in Ashland. The settlement also calls for AK Steel to spend at least $2 million to improve emissions at its Ashland West Works facility.

Sugar Company Fined For Water Quality Violation

August 20, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say the Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $7,500 for violating the Clean Water Act at its facility in Paul, Idaho. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the enforcement action Monday. EPA investigators say the company discharged stormwater without a permit last year.

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Ford To Restate Hybrid Gas Mileage

August 15, 2013 3:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford will reduce gas mileage estimates for its C-Max hybrid, following a government investigation into consumer complaints that the car's actual mileage was lower, a person familiar with the matter said. Ford will drop the combined city-highway mileage listed on the window sticker from 47 mpg to 43 mpg (20 kpl to 18.3 kpl), according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the change has not been formally announced.

Fracking Fight Hits England

August 15, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Areas in the North of England are being prepped for the controversial process of freeing fossil fuels from shale rock (or "fracking"), and residents in these rural farming communities are expressing worry about how the drilling plans will impact their communities and their livelihood.

AEMC Partnership Convenes Top Leaders At GE’s Global Research Headquarters

August 14, 2013 3:39 pm | by Council on Competitiveness | News | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness (Council) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) yesterday held the third in a series of high-level dialogues as part of the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership, a three-year effort to bring together national leaders to address a rapidly shifting national and global energy landscape.

Wheeling Approves Drilling Water Recycling Plant

August 14, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wheeling planners have approved GreenHunter Water's plan to build a plant that will recycle wastewater from natural gas drilling. GreenHunter Water plans to begin construction once it receives building permits for the project. The company expects to receive the permits over the next several weeks, the company's parent, GreenHunter Resources Inc., said Wednesday in a news release.

Wind Farm Coming To TX Nuclear Weapons Plant

August 14, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

America's only plant for disassembling and assembling nuclear weapons will soon be home to the largest federally owned wind farm. Ground was broken Tuesday for a wind farm that will have five turbines located on 1,500 acres east of the Pantex Plant, about 18 miles northeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle.

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Air Pollution Takes Toll On China's Tourism

August 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year — with worsening air pollution partly to blame. Numbers of foreign visitors have declined following January's "Airpocalypse," when already eye-searing levels of smog soared to new highs.

Trimming Wastes Boosts Savings at Seal Maker

August 12, 2013 4:34 pm | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers strive to make their operations as eco-friendly as possible. Whether it’s reducing energy use, recycling waste materials, or designing more energy-efficient products, “green” manufacturing is on everyone’s minds. For the last five years the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions facility in Fort Wayne, IN, has taken a systematic approach toward continuous improvement.

Who Is Responsible?

August 12, 2013 4:29 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Our fourth annual Energy Intelligence Report will again bring IMPO readers the latest industry trends as it relates to plant energy use and overall business efficiency. This report has been designed to spark some ideas for cost savings measures, as manufacturers continue to face tightening budgets and competitive pressures. We hope you can find something of value as you look at your own plant floor and try to determine where to start.

Car Company's Big Plans Haven't Come To Fruition

August 12, 2013 10:21 am | by Holbrook Mohr, Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

It seemed like a win for everyone when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in Mississippi. GreenTech Automotive announced in 2009 production would start in three years and foreign investors who plunked down at least $500,000 for the venture would get the opportunity to live in the U.S. while an impoverished area of Mississippi would get jobs and tax revenues.

Drilling Water Recycling Plant Proposed In WV

August 12, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wheeling planners are considering a company's proposal to open a plant that would recycle wastewater from natural gas drilling. The Wheeling Planning Commission is expected to make a decision on GreenHunter Water's application at a meeting on Monday. Commissioners had declined to consider the project at their June and July meetings, saying they needed additional information about the project.

UT Looks To Industry For Pollution Cuts

August 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Paul Foy, Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators struggling to comply with federal clean-air standards said they were likely to require major polluters to upgrade emissions controls, but that the effort may not be enough to deal with Utah's most serious episodes of air pollution.

Challenge For Wind Power Can Be Reaching Customers

August 9, 2013 10:05 am | by David Sharp, Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

During the height of last month's heat wave, millions of people in northern New England were urged to conserve energy, and some utilities fired up expensive, dirty sources of power to meet demand. But at the same time, at least two wind farms in Maine and Vermont were ordered to reduce the amount of electricity they provided.

GE Scraps Nation's Largest Solar Panel Plant

August 7, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is permanently scrapping plans to build the largest solar factory in the U.S. near Denver. GE blamed the cancellation on a glut of solar panels on the market and falling prices, The Denver Post reported Tuesday. GE put the project on hold last month.

NC Official Urged Alcoa OK Before State's Lawsuit

August 6, 2013 2:07 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Days before the state Administration Department sued to challenge Alcoa Inc.'s property rights for four hydropower dams built on the Yadkin River, a North Carolina environmental official recommended that the company win a crucial state approval needed for a new 50-year license to operate them.

NY Manufacturer To Make Fuel From Crayola Castoffs

August 5, 2013 2:27 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

All those markers being bought up for the new school year will eventually run dry, but that doesn't have to be the end of their usefulness. Niagara Falls manufacturer JBI Inc. this week announced an agreement with Crayola to take in castoffs from schools and the crayon-maker and convert them to fuel.

August 2013: Bang for the Buck

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Accenture's managing director explains how to radically improve the performance of your legacy spares planning system without buying a new one, Houston-based Blackwell Plastics helps people do what they love and love what they do, HVLS and HVAC are together at last to improve employee comfort and save money, and more.

Chevron Fined $284K For Pollution Law Violations

August 1, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron has agreed to pay a $284,000 fine and help buy four clean-running school buses after inspectors found pollution law violations at a Salt Lake City refinery. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement with the company Wednesday.

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