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Pa.’s Shawville coal plant to convert to natural gas


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media GantDaily.com reports today that Pennsylvania’s Shawville Power Plant will convert from coal power to natural gas, according to parent company NRG Energy Inc. The plant has been slated for closure since February 29, 2012 when State Rep. Camille “Bud” George, D-74 of Clearfield County, announced that environmental and health concerns would prompt its deactivation. It will ...

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US shale crude almost universally volatile, execs say


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Crude oil from the Bakken shale has long been under scrutiny for its volatile and potentially explosive nature. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that nearly all oil produced in US shale plays is likely to be similarly unstable. Citing “energy executives and experts”, WSJ’s Alison Sider and Nicole Friedman explain that shale oil ...

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Duke plans N.C. solar farm project


Jeff Hampton | The Virginian-Pilot Duke Energy Renewables plans a 20 megawatt solar project on 287 acres south of Elizabeth City, N.C., that will power two Washington universities and a hospital. Plans are to construct the solar farm before the end of the year near the intersection of Foreman Bundy Road and U.S. 17. SunEnergy1 of Mooresville, N.C., will be ...

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Pa. House, Senate consider bills on oil, gas regulations


Laura Legere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Two legislative committees are set to consider bills Wednesday that would split apart the state’s oil and gas regulations, a move meant to save the traditional drilling industry from having to comply with stricter environmental standards designed with shale gas operations in mind. Identical bills introduced in the House and Senate would require the state’s ...

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Shale Insight conference early registration deadline June 30


Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader Staff Report The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual Shale Insight conference has been scheduled for Sept. 24 – 25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Topics to be discussed at the fourth annual conference focus on the latest technology improvements for Marcellus Shale drilling and the real and anticipated effects of recent and pending decisions ...

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NY oil spill fund stunted by tax disparity


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A report by Scott Waldman of Capital New York today reveals that the two companies responsible for the majority of oil-by-rail shipments through New York pay much less into the state oil-spill disaster fund than their competitors. Global Partners of Massachusetts and Buckeye Partners of Texas contributed a combined third of the state’s disaster ...

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Battery technology grows to meet demands of renewable energy


By Michael Sanserino / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Those skeptical of renewable energy as a viable power source often note that the wind doesn’t always blow nor does the sun always shine. But advancements in battery technology are helping keep energy flowing on those dark, windless days. “It’s happening at a record pace,” said Lisa Salley, vice president and general manager of ...

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House bill would require drillers to report production monthly


Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In an age of big, fast data, Pennsylvania takes its slow, sweet time collecting information on how much gas is produced from wells in the commonwealth. A bill in the state House of Representatives aims to change that by requiring companies that operate Marcellus Shale and other unconventional wells to report their gas production monthly rather ...

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Energy scare good for oil stocks in the short term


CHICAGO (Reuters) – Despite the incendiary conflict in Iraq that last week sent the benchmark price of Brent crude oil to more than $115 a barrel, a nine-month high, U.S. stock markets largely shrugged off the oil threat, hitting record closing highs last week. For investors, a new energy crisis in the Middle East presents something of an opportunity, albeit ...

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