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AP Investigation: US power grid vulnerable to foreign hackers

In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 photo, Brian Wallace, a security researcher at Cylance, poses for a photo in Irvine, Calif. Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university’s housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid. Digital clues pointed to Iranian hackers. And Wallace found that they had already taken passwords, as well ...

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Federal tax measure benefits state wind, solar manufacturers, could be trouble for refineries

A technician makes adjustments to a wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. Department of Energy / NREL photo by Dennis Schroeder via Flickr

Congress put an end Friday to one of Eric Schwartz’s end-of-the-year traditions. It passed sweeping legislation lifting a 40-year ban on petroleum exports, and in the horse-trading required to make that happen, extended two major alternative energy tax credit programs. It’s the second part that affects Schwartz’s annual ritual. The Windkits CEO will still be breaking out the bubbly on ...

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Long-awaited repeal of export ban signed into law

Obama signs tax, spending bill; oil export ban repealed

President Barack Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion government funding bill Friday afternoon, dodging a government shutdown and ending a 40-year-old crude oil export ban. U.S producers will now be able to sell crude to the international market. Republicans made lifting the export ban a top priority. They argued the ban was a relic of the Arab oil embargo ...

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A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Turbines at Los Vientos Wind Farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a ...

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Budget deal bill boosts oil exports, renewable energy

In this Sept. 5, 2015, photo, a pump jack pumps oil on a hill above Alexander, N.D, and the town's school. The U.S., seemingly awash in crude oil after an energy boom sent thousands of workers scurrying to the plains of Texas and North Dakota, will begin exporting oil for the first time since the 1973 oil embargo. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

WASHINGTON — Republicans are hailing the likely demise of a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, as well as spending limits imposed on the Environmental Protection Agency, a longtime GOP target. Democrats are cheering five-year extensions of tax credits for wind and solar energy producers and renewal of a land and water conservation fund that protects parks, public lands, historic ...

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Democrats say oil dispute holding up U.S. funding bill

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

WASHINGTON – Talks among congressional leaders on a $1.15 trillion bill to keep the U.S. government funded were being held up by a dispute over energy policy with Republicans seeking to end an oil export ban and Democrats saying any such action must be coupled with clean energy incentives, Democrats said on Tuesday. Republican leaders said an agreement being negotiated ...

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Oil export ban in play in final-stage talks on budget deal

FILE - In this May 9, 2012 file photo, a drilling rig is seen near Kennedy, Texas. The four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil may end up getting lifted in a must-pass year-end spending bill lawmakers are scrambling to complete. Lifting the ban is a top ask for GOP negotiators working on the sprawling legislation. In return, Democrats are seeking various environmental priorities, including making permanent tax credits for solar and wind energy production. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators and the White House closed in on a deal late Monday on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill to stave off a shutdown, and a tax package extending dozens of breaks. In a Monday evening conference call among House Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan said bargainers were close to agreements on the spending and tax measures that he ...

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Critics concerned about some wind farms planned for Texas

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HENRIETTA, Texas — The residents of Clay County gained national attention over the summer when it was announced the county’s new Shannon Wind Farm would power Facebook’s new billion-dollar Fort Worth data center 100 miles to the southeast. Last July, Clay County Judge Kenneth Liggett told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that residents overwhelmingly supported the new wind farm near Windthorst, ...

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Ohio has big stake in energy debate

Ohio Statehouse

For two weeks in Paris, negotiators from more than 190 countries worked toward the historic agreement announced Saturday on commitments to lower greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet and causing climate changes around the globe. In few places in the U.S. is this debate more relevant than in Ohio, which ranks fifth nationally in carbon dioxide emissions ...

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