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Governor extends halt on natural gas site near LA after leak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage fields to remain shut down while it deals with the fallout from a four-month gas leak. The new law signed Tuesday requires Southern California Gas Company to test the safety of its 114 wells in Aliso Canyon before they can ...

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Oakland University conference focuses on energy efficiency

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — A conference at Oakland University in Rochester will explore use of combined heat and power to boost energy efficiency by reducing waste. “Combined heat and power” is also known as cogeneration. Such systems produce electricity and useful thermal energy in one package. Backers say they avoid losses that happen when heat and power are generated separately. ...

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Appeals Court upholds denial of frack sand mine permit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a Trempealeau County decision denying a permit to open a new sand mine for use in hydraulic fracking. The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against Iowa-based AllEnergy Sand. It had argued that a Trempealeau County environmental and land use committee in 2013 wrongly denied its permit to ...

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Ohio nuclear plant restarts after refueling shutdown

Davis Besse, Nuclear Plant, refuel

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio nuclear plant has returned to service after a biennial shutdown for refueling and maintenance. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station that sits along Lake Erie in northern Ohio is owned by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. FirstEnergy says the plant returned to service Monday night after a shutdown that ...

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State: NY company’s $2 oil recycling fee was illegal

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Illegally tacking a $2 recycling fee onto every oil change is costing a New York-based automobile service station company tens of thousands of dollars in penalties. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces Wednesday a settlement with Binghamton-based Kost Tire Distributors Inc. for imposing an oil and filter recycling fee. Schneiderman says the company collected more than ...

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Vermnont lawmakers approve budget, energy siting and revenue bills

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature wrapped up this year’s session just after midnight, agreeing on bills to raise $49 million in new revenue and voting to give municipalities and regional planning commissions more say on where solar and wind-powered projects should go, as long as they’re in line with state goals. Lawmakers also signed off on a $5.7 ...

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Never mind the buzzwords

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Branding for energy companies is more essential today than ever before. Customer engagement, disruption, internet of all things, innovation and advertising. These buzzwords mean nothing for energy if they are not delivered by a well-founded branding activities. A brand is more than a logo in the letterhead. A brand is the way the consumers define a company based on their perception. ...

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ExxonMobil restarts Torrance refinery a year after fire

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — ExxonMobil has restarted its oil refinery in Torrance more than a year after an explosion crippled the plant and led to higher gas prices in California. As a safety precaution, ExxonMobil shut down a pollution control device for six hours during the re-start process early Tuesday. City News Service says that shutdown will result in up ...

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Oil company gets green light to survey in Florida preserve

OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) — The National Park Service has given the green light for a Texas company to explore for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Park service officials said Friday that a 20-month environmental review showed there would be no significant impact if Burnett Oil Company did a survey 110 square miles in the national preserve. The ...

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