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Duke Energy to spend $500 million on N.C. solar


Bruce Henderson | Charlotte Observer Duke Energy said Monday it will invest $500 million to acquire three large solar farms in North Carolina and buy power from more new projects. Duke had solicited proposals in February for 300 megawatts in new solar capacity to help meet North Carolina’s green-energy mandate and diversify its portfolio. The purchases announced Monday will total ...

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Miller Energy Resources names new CEO

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Knoxville New Sentinel A leadership shake-up at a Knoxville oil-and-gas company took another step forward on Monday. Miller Energy Resources said Monday that Carl F. Giesler has been named as Miller’s CEO and a member of the board. Former CEO Scott Boruff has been named executive chairman of Miller, while former chairman Deloy Miller — the founder of the company ...

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The world saves $5 billion a day from U.S. shale


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media World oil prices would be hovering around $150 a barrel right now if it weren’t for the U.S. shale boom, Quartz reports. Despite ongoing tensions in oil-producing countries like Russia, Iraq and Libya, the price of a barrel of oil was about $96 this morning. That’s about $50 less than the world would’ve been forced ...

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Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls


Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Gov. Tom Corbett and 14 other Republican governors have sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their opposition to proposed federal controls on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants. The four-page Sept. 9 letter from the governors, almost all from coal-producing or coal-burning states, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its ...

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Braxton spill didn’t reach Elk River, DEP says


Ken Ward Jr. | Charleston Gazette State Department of Environmental Protection officials said Friday that they don’t believe any natural gas drilling waste from a truck that wrecked in Braxton County on Thursday made it into the Elk River. The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. and involved a waste truck operated by Spirit Services, the same company that had ...

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Columbia Gas constructing new Virginia pipeline


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Another new natural gas pipeline will be coming to Virginia. Columbia Gas of Virginia is building the six-mile long transmission line in order to offer service to the Hoover Treated Wood Products plant in Milford, the Associated Press reports. The project will cost an estimated $5 million to complete and boast an eventual carrying ...

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EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

BRUSSELS (AP) — New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country’s banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine. The EU measures, details of which were released Friday after a preliminary agreement Thursday, broaden the scope of previous penalties. The United ...

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Texas oil worker killed in Oklahoma


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An oil worker from Texas was killed on Wednesday in an accident on an Oklahoma oil rig. Ernesto Rodriguez, 42, of Gainesville died in Mannsville when a section of pipe was forced out of a well hole and struck him, the Associated Press reports. The well is operated by XTO Energy, Inc. Senior Production ...

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Major Rockland employer inks deal to convert to trucked-in natural gas


Darren Fishell | Bangor Daily News PORTLAND, Maine — Boston-based Xpress Natural Gas has landed a contract to truck compressed natural gas to FMC BioPolymer in Rockland, where the major regional employer is preparing to change its primary fuel source this fall to save on energy costs and reduce emissions. FMC, a multinational company that in Rockland processes seaweed into ...

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