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Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind ...

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Pierce County formally opposing drilling project near Rugby

Residents of Pierce County, North Dakota, are against a proposed drilling project that would dispose of radioactive waste. (Image: garshna via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Pierce County commissioners on Tuesday voted to formally oppose a proposed federal project that some area residents fear would be a step toward burying nuclear waste in northern North Dakota. The county’s action likely spells the end of the proposed project in the state, which the U.S. Department of Energy had eyed because North Dakota is ...

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Idaho eyed as potential site for small nuclear reactors

Interior showing the reactor hall in a nuclear power plant. (Image: Vattenfall via Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear site. The agency granted a site-use permit to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to access the 890-square-mile area containing the Idaho National Laboratory to find ...

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Energy conference hears about Illinois’ wind potential

NORMAL, Ill. — An Illinois State University professor said at a renewable energy conference that the state has the potential to produce far more wind and solar power than it now does. David Loomis is an economics professor at Illinois State and director of its Center for Renewable Energy. According to WJBC radio, he said Thursday that A recent U.S. ...

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Port Arthur LNG starts FERC pre-filing process

Another company is seeking approval for a natural gas liquefaction and export facility, this time in Port Arthur, Texas. Sempra Energy announced in a press release Monday that its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has submitted the appropriate pre-filing process request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Should FERC initiate the pre-filing review, Port Arthur LNG will have a years-long ...

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Texas LNG seeking approval of Eagle Ford gas exports to Mexico


The business of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is going strong in places like Brownsville, Texas where one company is submitting a request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to export processed LNG to Mexico. Texas LNG Brownsville LLC, a Houston-based company, submitted the pre-filing letter to the federal agency on March 9. The natural gas company will take gas ...

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NMSU researcher creates material to help slow climate change

A New Mexico State University researcher has invented a new material he says can effectively capture and remove carbon dioxide from the air, a critical step in slowing climate change. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, along with methane, that climate scientists blame for a global warming trend. Removing carbon dioxide generated by burning fossil fuels, especially in power ...

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Scientists outline research wish list for nuclear energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy. The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday. Participants include representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas ...

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Report sheds grim light on geoengineering outlook

Could technological developments be close to cooling the planet and tackling atmospheric toxins? Not yet, BizWest reports. The National Research Council partnered with the University of Colorado-Boulder to publish a report on the current viability of geoengineering— research and developments aimed at cooling the earth and ridding the atmosphere of carbon dioxide. According to the report, the costly technology would ...

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How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify. Goldman Sachs forecasts that if oil stays near its current price, the economy will add 300,000 more jobs this year than ...

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