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10 states carry 87 percent of American solar growth

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media No other energy market is even close to touching the success of oil and gas in America. But in its own right, the U.S. solar industry is soaring like never before. The industry had a record-breaking year in 2013 and there are ten states to thank for that. According to a recent report from ...

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Tesla to reduce costs of renewable energy storage

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Tesla Motors, the manufacturer and proponent of electric vehicles, might deal a crippling blow to utility companies with its plan to make renewable energy and the storage of that energy more accessible to the public. A recent report on Motherboard.com has outlined how the electric car maker Tesla has been touted by Morgan Stanley, ...

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Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

Ray Henry | Associated Press WAYNESBORO, Ga. — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it’s not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be ...

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Dina Cappiello | The Associated Press NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy ...

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Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios. A National Academy of Sciences report says that means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storm, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual. ...

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Poll: Californians support global warming rules – unless gas prices rise

Dan Smith | Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases — until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The Public Policy Institute of California’s annual environmental survey also found majorities oppose the greater use of fracking for oil exploration (54 percent), increased offshore ...

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WIPP contractor got $1.9 million bonus after fire

Lauren Villagran | Albuquerque Journal Just five days after an underground truck fire closed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Energy Department awarded the contractor that operates the nuclear repository $1.9 million for “excellent” performance during the past year. One radiation leak and two sharply worded accident investigation reports later slamming the same contractor for long-running safety and maintenance problems, that ...

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This Week’s Top Energy Jobs

CONOR O’SULLIVAN | Breaking Energy  The energy industry – oil & gas sector in particular – is bracing itself for a massive wave of retirements over the short to medium term, which has been dubbed “The Great Shift Change.” As the industry prepares for this turnover, companies are looking to the next generation of candidates with skills ranging from finance, ...

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Will the EPA’s New Carbon Rule Survive Judicial Challenge?

Edward Dodge | BreakingEnergy.com The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new carbon emission standards for fossil fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules for new-build power plants fall under Section 111(b) and are known as the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). This should not be confused with Section 111(d) that regulates existing power plants. The ...

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Environmentalists worry promoting natural gas will overshadow efficiency, renewable energy efforts

 Luther Turmelle | The New Haven Register  (New Haven, Conn.) What started out as a statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy now has been expanded to include a statewide push to sign up new natural gas customers as part of a 10-year expansion of the distribution network by the utilities. Energize Connecticut now is actively promoting efforts by ...

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