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Vast Reserves of Natural Gas Found Off the Coast of Egypt

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 30, 2015 - 16:33
The Italian energy company Eni called the “supergiant” gas field the “largest ever” found in the Mediterranean Sea.









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Obama to Urge Aggressive Climate Action in Visit to Arctic Alaska

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 30, 2015 - 09:55
The president will issue his call to action in Alaska just weeks after he allowed offshore oil and gas drilling to go forward in the Arctic Ocean.









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Dot Earth Blog: Oil, Oligarchs and Other Subtexts on Obama’s Arctic-Focused Alaska Trip

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 30, 2015 - 06:14
President Obama’s Alaskan trip aims to remind Americans they have an Arctic shore.









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U.S. Is Seen as Laggard as Russia Asserts Itself in Warming Arctic

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 29, 2015 - 09:26
With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top of the world, nations are scrambling over the Arctic. But Russia may be beating the United States to the punch.









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In Alaska, Obama Will Be in Middle of Oil and Climate Change Battle

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 28, 2015 - 18:30
As the president visits Alaska to examine the effects of climate change, the state is battling over oil, its chief source of revenue, and the implications of drilling.









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Oil Prices Jump 17 Percent in Two Days, Despite Glut

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 28, 2015 - 15:24
The United States benchmark rate passed $45 a barrel on concerns of Middle East turbulence, still 50 percent below last summer’s levels.









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California Beats Water Conservation Goal for 2nd Straight Month

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 27, 2015 - 18:41
The state used 31 percent less water last month than in July 2013, surpassing the target of 25 percent in the second month of mandatory statewide cutbacks.









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Changing power market dynamics open up new opportunities for STE

renewableenergyworld - August 27, 2015 - 12:46

There are two major tends driving the U.S. power sector. First, a large number of new technologies are becoming commercially available at different levels. The second trend has to do with new public health.

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Dot Earth Blog: Local Nets, Not Faraway Markets, Key to New Zealand’s Dolphin Decline

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 27, 2015 - 12:21
While Mexico’s porpoise problem is driven by Asian seafood smuggling, the threat to New Zealand’s dolphins is local.









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Rocky Mountain Institute: Flexiwatts Save Customers, Utilities $Billions

renewableenergyworld - August 27, 2015 - 06:45

There is a stark disparity between the falling costs for renewable energy solutions for electricity customers and the rising $1 trillion budget that U.S. utilities will spend on new infrastructure over the next 15 years. The potential for utility over-investment on its side of the meter, and the potential for over-capacity on both sides of the meter, suggest that demand flexibility must be embraced by both parties, according to analysts at Rocky Mountain Institute.

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Hecate, ViZn to Deploy North America's Largest Redox Flow Battery System

renewableenergyworld - August 26, 2015 - 08:53

ViZn Energy Systems on August 18 announced that it has won a contract from renewable energy project developer Hecate Energy to deliver a 2MW/6MWh zinc-iron redox flow battery system that is to be used to provide ancillary services for Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (OIESO).

 

 

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Midwest Gasoline Prices Likely to Ease After a BP Refinery Is Restarted

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2015 - 14:22
Gas prices in the Great Lakes states had jumped after a distillation unit at a BP refinery outside Chicago broke down on Aug. 8.









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New Jersey’s $225 Million Settlement With Exxon Mobil Is Approved

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2015 - 11:15
The ruling by a state judge Tuesday comes in a longstanding legal battle in which the state had demanded $8.9 billion in compensation for natural resource damage.









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100 Percent Renewable Energy Charged EV Stations Allow Driving on Sunshine

renewableenergyworld - August 25, 2015 - 06:00

Indian companies will be bidding on 750 megawatts of solar projects this week as part of a government- funded support program in the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

“Tenders for setting up 500 megawatts of capacity in Maharashtra and 250 megawatts in Gujarat’s Charanka solar park will be out this week and awarded in three months,” Ashvini Kumar, managing director at Solar Energy Corp. of India, the implementing agency for central government’s grid-connected solar programs, said Tuesday in an interview.

The bids are part of the second phase of the National Solar Mission through which capacity of at least 2 gigawatts will be auctioned featuring 21 billion rupees ($322 million) of government-funded support.

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Coca-Cola Says It’s Close to Water Replenishment Goal

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2015 - 04:00
The beverage company announced a plan in 2007 to replenish the amount of water equivalent to its sales volume — about 160 billion liters — by 2020. It could get to that point this year.









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World Briefing: Philippines: Typhoon Takes Deadly Toll

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 24, 2015 - 17:26
Typhoon Goni killed 19 people in the Philippines and left 16 missing before continuing north on Monday.









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U.S. Unveils Measures to Encourage Solar Power Use

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 24, 2015 - 07:58
The Obama administration announced the slew of small measures hours before the president was scheduled to fly to Nevada to speak at the National Clean Energy Summit.









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Dot Earth Blog: Black Markets in China Still Driving World’s Tiniest Porpoise to Extinction

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 24, 2015 - 05:02
Chinese demand for swim bladders from a rare Mexican fish is still propelling the world’s smallest cetacean toward extinction.









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Giant Panda Gives Birth at National Zoo in Washington

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 22, 2015 - 16:53
If the cub survives, it will be the third surviving offspring of Mei Xiang, a 17-year-old panda.









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