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Energy news roundup: NYC energy efficiency push, bearish oil market, and UN climate chief calls for regulatory certainty


Jared Anderson | Breaking Energy New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new program designed to reduce energy consumption in buildings as part of the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goal. The program called NYC Built to Last is modelled after the NYC Clean Heat initiative that cut soot pollution from heating oil by 50 percent. “Representing three quarters ...

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Norfolk company wins prize for solar cellphone charger

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Sarah Kleiner Varble | The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK — A 27-year-old entrepreneur hopes she’s hit on the next big thing: a solar-powered cellphone charger that doubles as a protective case. “When people go camping and they’re out at the beach, they’re using their phones and taking pictures and the battery drains,” said Nisha Witt, founder of Aesop Technologies. Her year-old company’s ...

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Energy quote of the day: A disturbing climate march observation

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Jared Anderson | Breaking Energy Yesterday’s People’s Climate March in New York City drew an estimated 310,000 – 400,000 people, putting it up there with some of the country’s largest historical mass protests. It’s great that so many people are passionate about doing something to address climate change, but it sometimes seems like people are quick to jump behind a ...

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Tar sands oil Albany-bound?

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Brian Nearing | Times Union ALBANY — A Houston-based oil company with a terminal at the Port of Albany is poised to open its rebuilt rail terminal in New Jersey — connected to Albany via rail — to shipments of Canadian tar sands oil. This spring, the head of Buckeye Partners told investors that its rebuilt Perth Amboy terminal would ...

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State plan to truck LNG to Fairbanks faces more hurdles

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Dermot Cole | Alaska Dispatch News FAIRBANKS — The key question mark about the state-backed effort to expand natural gas distribution in Fairbanks remains the price, with the release of new information put off until the end of the year. The staff and board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority say the revised timetable on the gas trucking ...

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Businesses and investors pressing for green policy


Jonathan Fahey  | Associated Press NEW YORK — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute. The idea, long advocated by policymakers, economists and environmental activists, is that the ...

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Continental Resources: “OK shale deposit could be 3rd largest producer”

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm stated Saturday that the company has discovered a shale deposit in South Central Oklahoma that could elevate the state to being the 3rd largest oil producer in the United States. The Springer Shale deposit is a shallow layer of shale at a 12,500 foot depth. Continental drilled one ...

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Global marches draw attention to climate change


Verena Dobnik | Associated Press NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of activists walked through Manhattan on Sunday, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth — in stride with demonstrators around the world who urged policymakers to take quick action. Starting along Central Park West, most came on foot, others with bicycles and walkers, and some even in wheelchairs. ...

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Clash over coal, oil powers Senate race in state’s northwest corner

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Jim Brunner | The Seattle Times BELLINGHAM — On a night last week, state Sen. Doug Ericksen stood before a group of ranchers in the office of a cattle-auction yard and joked about the odor. “That smell in the county, that’s not Bob’s manure spreader,” he told the Whatcom County Cattlemen’s Association. “That’s all the crap coming out of San Francisco ...

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