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Seattle City Light surcharges likely to be higher, run longer

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Seattle City Light customers can expect surcharges from 1.5 percent to 4.5 percent on their electricity bills through the first quarter of 2017, depending on precipitation and wholesale energy prices. A forecast prepared for the City Council Energy Committee shows a long-term trend of falling revenue from the utility’s wholesale electricity sales because of the continued availability of low-cost natural ...

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EPA chief calls San Antonio a model for the nation

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SAN ANTONIO — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a personal site visit at San Antonio’s water recycling and solar power facilities, applauding the city’s cooperative approach to controlling climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said San Antonio Water System’s Dos Rios water recycling plant and the neighboring CPS Energy Centennial Solar Farms 1 and 2 combine to ...

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Future of solar unclear as big plant comes online

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On a desert plain not far from the Nevada border, vast fields of mirrors focus sunlight on three tall towers filled with water. The intense light turns the water to steam. Pipes feed the steam through nearby turbines, generating enough electricity to power a small city. Designed by BrightSource Energy in Oakland, the $2.3 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, ...

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3M named to U.S.-Chinese clean energy research team

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3M Co. will participate in a clean-energy research partnership with China as part of a dual-nation approach to developing greener methods of heating and cooling buildings, company officials said Tuesday. 3M will work with other American and Chinese scientists and engineers as part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center’s 14-member Building Energy Efficiency Consortium. The 3M partnership, which is ...

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EDITORIAL: Marin Assemblyman Levine seeks precautions on fracking

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ASSEMBLYMAN — Marc Levine’s joining with other state lawmakers in seeking a moratorium on “fracking” for oil is a reflection of growing concern about whether the drilling technique is worth the price in terms of potential environmental damage and hazards. Levine added his name to a letter signed by other Assembly members urging Gov. Jerry Brown to ban fracking until ...

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US carbon pollution up 2 percent in 2013

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Energy Dept: US carbon emissions rise by 2 percent in 2013 after years of decline WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government report says energy-related carbon dioxide pollution increased slightly last year after declining for several years in a row. The 2 percent increase was largely due to a small increase in coal consumption in the electric power sector. Coal, long ...

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Former EPA chief touts nuclear power

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Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman keynoted the Charlotte Chamber’s annual Energy Summit on Friday. Whitman was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush. She’s now co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, an industry-funded group that promotes nuclear power. Whitman talked Friday with the Observer about nuclear power, fracking ...

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Hydrofracking seen as having heavy impact on society

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Even if natural gas wells are never drilled in the Glens Falls region, the process of hydraulic fracturing is going to have an impact on our economy, politics and environment. The process of extracting natural gas from deep rock formations using high-pressure water containing sand and chemicals is considered a bane to the environment by many. Many more believe it ...

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