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Texas Tech unveils new wind energy research facility

Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, TX — Officials from Texas Tech, the Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, Vestas and Group NIRE welcomed Tech’s newest wind energy facility Tuesday. It’s called the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility (SWiFT) and it will be the first of its kind in the entire nation. “There’s a lot of research avenues that come from this facility, but one ...

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Giving the Bakken a dose of Synergy

Bakken Oil Fields

As a Montana native, Laura McRae noticed a few years ago that the Bakken energy play was a unique happening. Both with business backgrounds, Laura and her husband, Kendall McRae, also spotted another Bakken trait: A lack of communication between many of the different interests involved with the play. In the fast paced world of a large-scale energy boom, Laura ...

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Energy taxes could help the state in the future needs

Lower Energy Taxes

State Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, will lead a legislative delegation to North Dakota later this summer to take a firsthand look at how that state has managed its energy boom.Specifically, Kessler is interested in North Dakota’s Legacy Fund.In 2010, North Dakota voters approved the dedication of 30 percent of oil tax collections into an interest-bearing fund. The money cannot ...

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Solar-powered plane Solar Impulse reaches milestone for renewable energy

The Solar Impulse Plan

Solar Impulse pilot and project president Bertrand Piccard said his team was “elated” by the smooth landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday night from an aviation and a renewable-energy standpoint. “It really shows our clean-technology solar energy and our new systems have been reliable,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.  The solar ...

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Let’s Talk About Oil

Oil Production on the rise

By Laurel Graefe Given its role in touching nearly every aspect of life across the globe and given the higher and volatile prices over the past half-decade, oil supply has been an incessant topic of conversation for much of our recent memory. Yet the tone of the conversation has dramatically pivoted recently from arguments about whether peak oil or sky-high ...

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BenQ Solar Makes High Efficiency Solar Energy Systems Readily Accessible

Panels from Benq Solar

HSINCHU, Taiwan, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — To meet the substantial demand for high efficiency and user-friendly residential solar products, BenQ Solar, the world’s leading solar solution brand, announced today that its high value-added and reliable total solutions for homeowners have been successfully applied throughout the United States. BenQ Solar has partnered with Zep Solar, experts in solar mounting systems, to develop ...

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North Dakota oil relies on rail: Deadly derailment involved train carrying

Rail being layed in North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Bakken crude involved in the deadly train derailment and explosion in Quebec represents only a fraction of the oil shipped by rail from North Dakota each day. About 675,000 barrels of Bakken crude leaves North Dakota rail facilities daily, according to the most recent figures from Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. That ...

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