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Tesla plans trucks, small SUV as part of future plans

Elon Musk, Tesla

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is working on multiple new vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses that could be unveiled as early as next year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company also plans a compact SUV and “a new kind of pickup truck” to complement its existing fleet. Tesla currently makes a luxury sedan, the Model ...

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Redevelopment of former Burlington coal plant in jeopardy

coal-fired units

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials say plans to redevelop the former Moran coal plant in Burlington, Vermont, may be in jeopardy. The Burlington Free Press reports that officials in Mayor Miro Wienberger’s office and officials with New Moran Inc., the company tasked with overseeing the redevelopment, emailed the newspaper to say that the future of the plant is being reevaluated. ...

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Court affirms decision blocking frac sand mine

frac sand,

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has affirmed a decision blocking a frac sand mine in western Wisconsin. The Mississippi Land Connection and Timber Company LLC and Wisconsin Bluff Sands LLC filed an application for a permit for a mine in the town of Waumandee in 2013. The Buffalo County Board of Adjustment denied the application after hearing ...

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Idaho Power eyes state’s first utility-owned solar plant

Idaho Power, solar power

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power is looking to build the state’s first utility-owned solar power project. The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for its Community Solar Pilot Program. The proposed 500-kilowatt solar array would be built southeast of Boise and power about 1,000 homes and 500 businesses. The company in an ...

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Survival in today’s oil and gas climate means changing with the times and being an innovator

diesel generator, Light Tower Rentals, natural gas

It’s tough being in the oil and gas industry right now. But the companies who have survived, and in many cases flourished during this most recent downturn, have relied on simple, straightforward and time-tested approaches to their business to weather the storm.  They have also been innovators in their field, offering distinctive new environmentally friendly products with a smaller carbon ...

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Sempra gets OK to boost exports from proposed expansion

CAMERON, La. (AP) — A San Diego energy company says it has federal permission to boost planned exports by 39 percent from a proposed expansion of the plant it’s building in southwest Louisiana. Sempra Energy said Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy approved exporting an additional 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to countries outside U.S. ...

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Counts dropped in Gulf oil spill fraud case against lawyer

shrimp boats

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing a reduced indictment of 73 charges, instead of 95, at federal trial on accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP gulf oil spill in 2010. Online court records show that prosecutors dropped 22 counts of identity document fraud before jury selection began ...

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Electric company urges Pokemon Go players to use caution

Pokemon

SUMMERDALE, Ala. (AP) — The Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative is warning Pokemon Go players to stay away from power lines, transformers and substations when playing the game. The Summerdale-based company said in a statement Thursday that players should “exercise extreme caution” while attempting to catch Pokemon. It says electric utilities cannot control where the Pokemon appear, making it important for ...

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US producer prices rose in June at fastest pace in 13 months

Producer prices, distillery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. producers rose in June at the fastest pace in 13 months, reflecting a big jump in the price of gasoline and other energy products. The Labor Department says that its producer price index, which measures cost pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.5 percent in June. That was the largest one-month jump ...

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