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Iraq says failing oil prices force rethink of 2015 budget

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Falling oil prices have forced Iraq to scrap the draft 2015 budget it planned to present to parliament on Sunday, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told lawmakers. The budget had been based on a forecast oil price of $70 a barrel, but prices dropped to a four-year low below that level on Friday after OPEC’s decision not to ...

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Communities form coalition to study water quality

A coalition of communities in Montgomery, Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties have joined together to pursue a study of the water quality of the Lower Great Miami River. “They are going to conduct an analysis of the entire river basin to determine what degree of problem may exist, where it’s coming from, and how to solve it in the most ...

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MSU, oil industry the perfect marriage

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Some things just go together like peas and carrots. In this case it’s Midwestern State University and the legendary North Texas oil industry. Thanks once again to the kind contribution of the Dillard family, the university will open its Dillard Center for Energy Management in August 2015. Jeff Stambaugh, associate professor of management, marketing and legal ...

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DEC slammed for short comment period for Covanta Niagara proposal

NIAGARA FALLS — The amount of time state environmental regulators have given the public to weigh in on Covanta Niagara’s plans to haul in New York City garbage by train falls short of what the opportunity should be, according to some community members. Covanta Niagara, a waste-to-energy facility that burns garbage to produce steam and electricity, has asked the Department ...

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Heavy bets on SolarCity, RiverBend not risk-free

New York State and the Cuomo administration are making a $750 million bet that SolarCity and its newly acquired solar panel technology will keep the solar energy system installer’s business growing rapidly and turn Buffalo into a hub for solar module manufacturing. There’s a lot at stake for the Buffalo Niagara region, too. If the plan succeeds as state officials ...

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Ohio State solar battery can be recharged

Ohio State University researchers have invented what they say is the world’s first rechargeable solar battery, cracking two longstanding issues blocking solar power: efficiency and cost. The researchers say the new battery could make solar energy more affordable for homeowners and businesses and could open the door for its widespread use as a sustainable power source. Think of cars that ...

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Public-Private Partnership board approves CNG project

HARRISBURG — The state is seeking a private partner to develop natural gas fueling stations at public-transit agencies that would also provide public access to these facilities, PennDOT announced Monday. The state Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board approved the project to develop the clean-burning compressed natural gas stations around the state. “This is a tremendous opportunity for PennDOT and its transit-agency ...

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Allentown kills controversial waste-to-energy deal with Delta Thermo Energy

More than two years after the deal’s controversial approval, Allentown has terminated its contract with Delta Thermo Energy, ending speculation about whether the company would ever build a proposed waste-to-energy facility in the city. In a letter dated Sept. 26, Allentown solicitor Jerry Snyder wrote that Bucks County-based Delta Thermo Energy had “consistently failed to advance” plans for a 48,000-square-foot ...

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