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Rice University scientists seek solutions to recycle fracking water

More advanced recycling rather than disposal of "produced" water pumped back out of wells could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, according to Rice University chemist Andrew Barron.

Demand vs. supply in the shale revolution

Additional natural gas demand from re-emerging and non-traditional sources could exceed 5 billion cubic feet per day by 2019 as numerous proposed projects come online in the U.S and Canada, according to research by Bentek Energy.

NV Energy joins EIM

Las Vegas-based NV Energy's request to participate in the expanded Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), which automatically optimizes resources across a wide geographic region and, in turn, reduces energy costs, has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.

Hawaiian Electric proposes plan for state's energy future

In response to comprehensive orders issued by the Public Utilities Commission in April, Hawaiian Electric Company (HE) has proposed a plan for Hawaii's energy future that will lower electric bills, give customers more service options and nearly triple the amount of distributed solar while achieving the highest level of renewable energy in the nation by 2030. 

Duke Energy seeks hydropower plant relicensing

After four years of collaboration with stakeholders, Duke Energy has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) an application for a new license for the Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project, which would allow Duke Energy to continue operating Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee and their associated hydro stations in the Upstate region of South Carolina.

NextEra greening CitiField power

NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, is offsetting the environmental impacts of the electricity used at CitiField for the next three years in an effort to keep the open-air stadium's sustainability initiatives at the fore.

Capturing value from oil and gas land operations

Managing the ever growing volume of data combined with fragmented communications and coordination across the organization is exacerbating the challenge of maximizing the value of land operations. With so much at stake, E&Ps are beginning to elevate the strategic importance of land from the back office to forefront of operations, and well-positioned organizations are implementing new systems, processes and operating models across their operations to capture the full value of their upstream investments.

Duke Energy retires Beckjord coal early

In 2011, Duke Energy announced its intention to retire its coal-fired W.C. Beckjord Station (units 1 through 6 totaling 862 MW) by January 1, 2015, as the result of increasingly stringent Environmental Protection Agency regulations on power plant emissions. On September 1, 2014, Duke Energy will retire Beckjord Station's remaining coal-fired units 5 and 6.

Pay-TV industry driving hundreds of millions in energy efficiency

The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report conducted by D&R International.

Solar project showcases innovation between Minnesota Power, military

Minnesota Power is joining forces with the Minnesota National Guard to build a major solar energy project at the state's largest military base, Camp Ripley. If approved, the project will be the largest solar energy installation on military property in the state.

NRC finalizes spent nuclear storage rule

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved a final rule on the environmental effects of continued storage of spent nuclear fuel and will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule becomes effective -- marking the end of a two-year effort to satisfy a remand by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

CA clean energy bill unanimously passes Senate, Assembly

The California Assembly and Senate have voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 1414, which will accelerate the use of demand response that will allow people and technology, rather than power plants, to meet California's rising electricity needs.

Generating energy from coffee waste

Four years in, the Energy from Coffee Wastewater project led by UTZ Certified, the Netherlands-based sustainability program, has proven that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.

NY energy-efficiency efforts cut demand by 244 MW

As a result of energy-efficiency projects completed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) at 100 state and municipal facilities in the first half of 2014, New York State taxpayers will save $4 million annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 14,650 tons a year -- the equivalent of removing more than 3,000 vehicles from the road.

NJ utility stimulating state's economy

From 2011 to 2021, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) investments in New Jersey's electric transmission network will be a powerful stimulant of the state's economy, according to an analysis by Rutgers University.

Increasing the value of distributed energy

A new report from Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab), Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for a Distributed Resource Future, points to the need for modernization of retail electricity prices to reflect a rapidly evolving grid that will continue to see growing investment in distributed energy resources (DER). 

Consumers Energy cleaning up Karn plant

Consumers Energy is wrapping up a $250 million technology upgrade at its largest power plant -- the Karn/Weadock complex -- as part of its commitment to cleaning up Michigan's air.

China leading global solar demand, but the Americas growing fast

In 2013, China became the largest solar market in the world with 11.8 GW installed -- key, Lux says, to faster-than-expected global recovery.

UK headed for steep decline in renewable energy investments

The United Kingdom's distributed power generation market, which comprises wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and combined heat and power installed capacity, will experience a significant decline by 2019 -- from almost $2.5 billion in 2013 to $939 million, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

EPE adding 25 MW to solar portfolio

In the last year alone, EPE has doubled its utility-scale solar portfolio. EPE currently has 97 MW of solar power and will have added another 10 MW by the end of 2014.