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DTE plans to shut down 8 coal-fired units at 3 plants

coal-fired power, carbon capture

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years. The Detroit-based utility announced Wednesday the units being retired between 2020 and 2023 are at the River Rouge facility in the Detroit area, the St. Clair facility in St. Clair County’s East China Township and the ...

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North Dakota FFA elects officers at state convention

North Dakota FFA, officers, 2016

FARGO — The North Dakota FFA concluded its 87th annual state convention Friday at North Dakota State University. The FFA is an organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. North Dakota has 84 chapters around the state. The weeklong state ...

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Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone

carbon dioxide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock. Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, offer new hope for an effective weapon ...

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Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought

natural gas, Colorado, hydraulic fracturing

DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance (PEE’-yahns) Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003. ...

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EPA’s plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Obama administration’s proposal to boost the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into gasoline produced at least one consensus Thursday during the matter’s only public hearing: Few, if anyone, is entirely satisfied by the plan. Ethanol advocates, largely from Midwest farming states, testified that the Environmental Protection Agency’s target for biofuels next ...

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Global stocks slide amid concerns about world economy

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Global stocks fell on Thursday as investors worried about the health of the global economy given the Federal Reserve’s cautious stance about raising its interest rates. Financial markets were closed for holidays in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 slid 0.9 percent at 6,248 and Germany’s DAX fell 1.2 percent ...

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French partner joins UMaine offshore wind project

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A French company is joining a University of Maine-led consortium that’s developing an offshore wind farm. DCNS announced that it’s joining Maine Aqua Ventus, which intends to install a two-turbine, 12-megawatt project off the coast of Monhegan Island. The project shows enough promise that it’s in the running for a $40 million federal grant. The Portland ...

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Oklahoma energy magnate McClendon’s death accidental; implications few

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fiery one-car crash in which energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon died was an accident, with no alcohol in his system and only traces of a drug commonly used in sleep aids, the Oklahoma medical examiner’s office ruled Wednesday. Authorities have said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove whether the March 2 crash, in which McClendon’s ...

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