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Booting Up: Solar’s day in sun nearing end

We’re staring down the barrel of a solar boom-and-bust … that almost nobody is talking about. Generous federal credits for residential solar panels are about to expire at the end of next year, guaranteeing that 2016 will be a year of false hope, with people rushing to jam south-facing photovoltaics on roofs nationwide. And then on Dec. 31, 2016, the ...

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Who wins and loses under Obama’s stricter power plant limits

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama’s unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both environmentalist and ...

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Caught in the cross-fire – non-OPEC, non-shale producers: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – The biggest losers from the current price war between OPEC and the shale producers seem set to be producers outside the Middle East and North America caught in the cross-fire. Expensive production from the North Sea, Canada’s oil sands, offshore megaprojects, weaker African and Latin ...

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As final EPA power-plant rule nears, some call for WV to embrace clean energy

Sometime this month — perhaps as soon as Monday — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce its final rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s electrical power plants. West Virginia’s coal industry and its political allies will be quick to pounce. News conferences will be held. Lawsuits will be filed. The state’s leaders will race to condemn ...

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FBI investigating possible threats against PennEast employees

The FBI is investigating letters sent to PennEast, the company proposing a controversial natural gas pipeline that would span 114 miles from Wilkes-Barre to Mercer County, N.J., for possible threats against company employees. PennEast has received plenty of “spirited” comments since entering the public comment phase of the project last October, but several letters received in April caused enough concern ...

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Twenty states may see gas prices below $2 by Christmas, analysts say

As many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon by Christmas as the national average for December slips to $1.98, according to GasBuddy, a national company that compiles data on gas prices and provides analysis. “We’re confident that our projections give consumers more than accuracy; we think they’ll help them identify some savings that should ...

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US oil and natural gas rig count down 2 to 874

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 664 rigs were seeking oil and 209 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,889 rigs were active. Among major ...

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