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House backs bill to boost energy efficiency

WASHINGTON — The House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House. The bill, approved on a voice vote, includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill last month, also by voice vote. The measure, sponsored by Democratic Sen. ...

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SolarCity launches fund for U.S. commercial solar projects

SolarCity Corp has started a fund that includes an investment from Credit Suisse to finance more than $1 billion in commercial solar energy systems for companies, schools and government organizations in the United States. The fund is expected to finance more than 300 megawatts of new commercial solar projects over the next two years, SolarCity said in a statement on ...

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Bipartisan push for housing fund

HARRISBURG – Momentum is building to expand the reach of a state program that finances housing projects in the Marcellus Shale drilling region to cover the entire state. That became evident when the House and Senate committees overseeing urban issues unanimously approved companion bills last week to provide a new revenue source for the state Housing Trust Fund through an ...

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Minot rent prices collapse

Rumors continue to abound in the Bakken about how the boom is over and the bust is here. Despite various pipeline projects in the works and approximately 900 wells awaiting completion, economic indicators such as rent prices are suggesting that although the Bakken might not be busted, the economic landscape of the region is beginning to return to normalcy, much ...

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Minot officials continue to review affordable housing option

MINOT, N.D. — Officials in Minot want more information regarding a proposed low-income housing complex before they approve the project. The Minot Daily News reports the proposed project would be located next to Erik Ramstad Middle School and would involve 35-unit and 39-unit apartment buildings. Developers want to kick off the project this summer. Officials with the Minot Planning Commission say ...

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Consumers getting natural gas relief

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DECATUR – Natural gas prices are dropping through the floor with no signs of stopping. That’s good news for the 812,000 Ameren Illinois gas customers who have already seen the cost of the fuel deflate 35 percent in the last year. Natural gas prices are now hovering at their lowest levels since 2002. And the utility now says its gas ...

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