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Households paid more for utilities last year than in 2012, report says

price increase

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia residents paid 1.2 percent more for utilities in 2013 than the year before, according to a report released Wednesday. In January 2012, an average household paid $277 per month for electricity, gas, water and telephone services. The same home paid $280 per month in 2013, according to an annual report released by the Public Service ...

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IBM Takes On The Science of Solar-Power Forecasting


YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — At the headquarters of IBM Research, a curved glass structure surrounded by acres of woods, clusters of high-powered servers hum constantly, their digital eyes trained on the clouds. Information from weather services, satellites and a fleet of cloud-tracking cameras near solar arrays streams into the computers, whose singular goal is to crack the billion-dollar problem facing ...

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Energy use projections for 2014 show increase in renewable power, industrial electricity demand

renewable energy

The U.S. Energy Information Administration offered its energy outlook for 2014, saying residential energy use should decline overall while industrial use grows. Beyond that, fossil fuel production will grow and more renewable energy will come on line. The agency’s key predictions: Renewables: U.S. wind power generation capacity is forecast to increase 8.8 percent this year and grow another 15 percent ...

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USAID consults Turkmenistan about renewable energy issues

Renewable energy

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has organized a seminar in Ashgabat as part of the long-term program “RESET” on the development of electric power, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported on Jan. 9. The program has been implemented since 2010. The next event was dedicated to the sphere of renewable energy and technology of intelligent networks “Smart Grid”. ...

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Basin booms forward

storage tank

The federal government recently forecast that 2016 will bring record levels of American oil production — about 9.6 million barrels of crude per day, a record set in 1970. And the Permian Basin, of course, is expected to form a large part of that domestic energy production surge. Already, the Permian Basin remains the biggest absolute oil producer in the ...

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McCrory promotes natural gas development onshore, energy exploration offshore

offshore drilling

DURHAM — North Carolina waited “far too long” to get into energy exploration, Gov. Pat McCrory said at an energy conference in Durham Wednesday. McCrory advocated for inland natural gas production, off-shore energy exploration and a review of state energy subsidies, including for renewable energy producers, at the N.C. Chamber’s second annual conference. “In fact, one of my goals for ...

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Siemens pulls plug on last solar energy business

MUNICH (Reuters) – German industrial conglomerate Siemens is shutting down the last of its solar energy businesses after it failed to find a buyer, the company said on Monday. Confirming a report in German newspaper Handelsblatt, a spokesman for Siemens said the group would close Solel by early next year. The Israeli business has accumulated losses of around 1 billion ...

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