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BP losing battle with renewables

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In addition to its struggles with the oil industry in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon, it turns out that BP has difficulty producing safe, effective green energy. According to Tom Vacar for KTVU News, customers in California are complaining about BP’s solar panels. The oil giant produced solar panels for about 30 years up until 2011, but each system ...

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Why don’t some state officials want you to read this report on ‘green’ energy jobs?

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A state agency paid almost $435,000 for a survey to tally clean-energy jobs in Ohio but never released the results. The Ohio Development Services Agency says the study went unused because it was based on dubious methods and came to flawed conclusions. Others, including experts in survey methods, disagree with this assessment and are perplexed by the criticism. The report, ...

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Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data


WASHINGTON — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department ...

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Vestas Wind Systems announces big order


Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, who has four manufacturing plants in Colorado, has announced an order for 200 new wind turbines to be constructed in Minnesota and Texas, according to the Denver Business Journal. The announcement was made on Friday. Of the 200 V110-2.0 model wind turbines, 100 of them will be built for the Odell Wind Farm LLC in southern ...

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Scotland just reached an extraordinary energy objective

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In a feat that is becoming a popular goal among European countries, Scotland has achieved a new precedent in renewable energy production by generating enough power to fuel the entire country in October. One hundred percent of residential energy needs in Scotland last month were powered entirely from renewable sources. According to a story from Energy Digital, wind power alone ...

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Energy and the environment are top priorities in election races

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Many candidates on today’s ballots are pushing energy and environmental issues more than immigration and Obamacare. While ballots are being checked and “I voted” stickers are being handed out, campaign ads show that Republicans and Democrats are viewing energy and environmental issues as top priorities in this year’s race. According to data collected by Kantar Media Intelligence, between October 20 ...

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Hightower talks energy policy with President Obama


MIDDLETOWN — When Steven Hightower isn’t busy with running his family’s company, he is sharing his expertise and knowledge serving on two high-level federal advisory boards. Hightower, who is president and CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Co. in Middletown, is a member of the National Petroleum Council, which advises the Secretary of Energy on national oil and natural gas issues and ...

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How the U.S. Navy is turning the tides of renewable energy

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The United States Navy has made a pledge to get half of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, and in that endeavor has awarded $8 million dollars to tidal energy research. The University of Washington received an $8 million, four-year contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command to develop ways to harness energy from ocean tides and currents.  Hannah ...

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Energy news roundup: railroads benefiting from frack sand, EPA sued over RFS and Masdar to build GCC wind farm

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Union Pacific Railroad just announced handsome Q3 profits driven in large part by the US energy boom. Although crude oil shipments were down from the corresponding period last year, shipments of sand for hydraulic fracturing operations have been strong. Less expensive diesel fuel also helped the rail company’s bottom line. “Today you’re seeing lots of drilling in the Permian Basin, ...

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