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Bavarian village pioneers clean energy revolution

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 02:28

A row of wind turbines towers on the edge of the picturesque Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried, population 2,600, where rolling meadows meet pine forests and Alpine peaks line the horizon. "I love them," says Thomas Pfluger, a local resident, gazing at the windmills jutting out above the tree-tops. Pfluger's home village, with its old Catholic church and traditional beer garden, may be rural Bavaria at its most idyllic, but it's also at the cutting edge of Germany's green energy revolution.

Five questions on Germany's green energy shift

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 01:17

Germany's 'Energiewende' or energy transition is its biggest infrastructure project of the post-World War II era, and its greatest national challenge since reunification in 1990. What is the energy transition? Germany aims to switch from largely nuclear power and carbon-based energy toward clean renewables such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower this century.

Exxon refutes Nigeria oil militants' pipeline attack claim

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 09:01
Exxon Mobil Corp. is refuting claims by Nigerian oil militants that they have blown up an Exxon pipeline in Akwa Ibom state. The Niger Delta Avengers said on their website that they blew up the Qua Iboe ...

Chinese automaker plans self-driving, electric car by 2020

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 00:14

By Jake Spring BEIJING (Reuters) - An automotive venture backed by China tech giant Tencent aims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by US-based Tesla, the chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday. Future Mobility, backed by Tencent and Hon Hai Precision Industries, is one of an expanding field of China-backed ventures that aim to take on Tesla Motors Inc as green energy car sales boom in China. Although the venture sought to produce premium cars like Tesla, it would attempt a different strategy from the US company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.

Exxon Mobil says no attacks at its facilities despite Nigerian militants' claim

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 18:35
Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday no attacks had taken place at its facilities after Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said it had blown up the Qua Iboe 48" crude oil export pipeline operated by the company. "There were no attacks on our facilities," said Exxon Mobil spokesman Todd Spitler. Late on Monday Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said on its website that it had blown up an Exxon Mobil Corp facility.

Nigerian militants say they blew up Exxon Mobil's pipeline

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 16:57
Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers, which has claimed responsibility for the majority of a recent spate of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the country, said late on Monday that it blew up an Exxon Mobil Corp facility. Exxon Mobil Corp could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gas prices drop 7 cents to $2.29 a gallon

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 12:20
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 7 cents over the past three weeks to $2.29 a gallon for regular grade.

The world’s largest solar roof now sits atop a casino in Las Vegas

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 16:15
People like to say that  Everything is bigger in Texas , but the adage might apply more appropriately to Las Vegas. Vegas is that uniquely American city where over the top extravagance is the norm and arguably unrivaled by any other city across the globe. In short, Las Vegas is a city that can aptly summed up with a singular adjective: Big. Big hotels, big fights, big money, big stars, larger than life shows -- that's Vegas. Which is why it's not all too surprising that Las Vegas is now home to the largest solar roof in the entire world. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7: Seriously, this phone sounds boring to you? Stretching out across the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center are 26,000 solar panels, the culmination of an environmentally friendly initiative that began about two years ago. In recent years, a handful of casinos in Vegas have began exploring solar energy as a means to help keep costs low. According to a press release touting the completion of the project, Mandalay Bay's solar set up is capable of generating enough electricity to power upwards of 25% of the building's electricity needs. At full tilt, the solar roof atop the Mandalay Bay Convention Center will reduce the C02 output in the area by 8,400 metric tons. Put differently, that's the "equivalent of taking more than 1,700 automobiles off the road." The initiative was completed with assistance from NRG Energy, a large energy company based in Texas and with operations across a number of U.S. states. The expanded project uses technology from Ten K Solar. Ten K's REFLECT™ system consists of 4,644 Modules, 180 inverters and a fully integrated Ten K racking system with no roof penetrations. The racking system uses 3M Cool Mirror Film™ to reflect only the light wavelengths usable by the photovoltaic cells. Ten K's parallel cell and module architecture allows for modules to capture non-uniform irradiance coming from reflected light. The architecture further eliminates any single points of failure, increasing total system availability and reducing operation and maintenance costs. "MGM Resorts International has a long history of integrating environmentally responsible practices throughout our operations to help preserve the planet's limited resources," Cindy Ortega of MGM said in a press release. "Our continued partnership with NRG is a source of pride and inspires our desire to continually implement innovative solutions that promote renewable energy."

Energy weighs on Wall St. but Costco shines

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:48

The S&P 500 and Dow industrials slipped on Thursday, weighed by energy shares, but gains in Costco and tech shares lifted the Nasdaq Composite. The energy sector of the S&P was dragged lower by Exxon and Chevron as oil futures prices fell nearly 5 percent after crude stockpiles fell slightly less than forecast. High-yielding sectors also pulled the S&P lower even as yields on long-term U.S. government debt remained near record lows.

EPA urges states to publish individual lead water samples

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:15

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — States have taken steps to address the risk of lead in drinking water after the crisis in Flint, Michigan, but more needs to be done to share key information with the public, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

Southern Nigerian oil facilities hit in militant attack

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 02:38

The Niger Delta Avengers militant group on Thursday said it attacked more oil infrastructure in southern Nigeria, ignoring a call for unity from President Muhammadu Buhari. The group said in an email that it hit manifolds RMP 22, 23 and 24 operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited in Delta state at about 1:20 am (0020 GMT). A military officer said the attack happened in the Warri North area of Delta state, adding: "A controlled explosive device was used to carry the attack.

Nigerian militant group blow up three Chevron manifolds

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 00:43
(Reuters) - Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said on Wednesday that it had blown up Chevron Corp's manifolds RMP 22, 23 and 24. The group said it attacked the manifolds just around 11 p.m. A remote manifold platform (RMP) is where small oil or gas pipelines converge before connecting to a larger storage hub. On July 5, the group said it blew up a well and oil pipelines near the city of Warri in the country's southern oil hub.

Dong Energy to build world's cheapest offshore wind farms

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 07:40

Danish offshore wind farm operator Dong Energy is to build two offshore wind farms off the Dutch coast where it has pledged to produce the world's cheapest offshore wind energy. The projects would be built for 72.70 euros per megawatt-hour, significantly below the group's 2020 target of bringing costs below 100 euros per megawatt-hour over the life of a project. "This demonstrates the great potential of offshore wind," Samuel Leupold, Dong's head of wind power, said in a statement.

Kazakhs, Chevron-led group approve $37 billion Tengiz field expansion

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 16:21

Kazakhstan and a group of oil companies led by Chevron have approved a $36.8 billion plan to boost production at the Central Asian country's Tengiz field, a rare major investment in an industry hit by low prices and a boost to the local economy. The field, one of the world's biggest, already accounts for more than a third of total crude output in Kazakhstan, which is the biggest former Soviet oil producer after Russia. Under the plan, Tengiz, in which Exxon Mobil and Lukoil also have stakes, will increase output to 39 million tonnes a year (850,000 barrels per day) by 2022 from 27 million tonnes currently, Kazakhstan's Energy Ministry and its foreign partners said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

Fresh sabotage of oil facilities in South Nigeria

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:58

Suspected militants have blown up a pipeline in Nigeria's southern delta region, the military and locals said Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks on oil facilities that have hit production. A military officer said the attacks happened at about 10:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Monday in the Batan and Makarava areas of Delta State. "The Monday night attack was an oil well head located at Makarava community, which is being operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited," he said, asking for his name to be withheld.

Chevron, Exxon and others to spend $36.8B in Kazakhstan

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:24
NEW YORK (AP) — Chevron, Exxon Mobil and its other partners say they will spend $36.8 billion to develop more oil in Kazakhstan.

Nigerian militants say they blew up oil facilities near Warri

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 06:16

Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers said on Tuesday it had blown up a Chevron well and oil pipelines near the city of Warri in the country's southern oil hub. The group, which says it wants a greater share of oil wealth to go the impoverished Niger Delta region, the source of most of the country's crude, has pushed production to 30-year lows in the last few weeks through a spate of attacks. It said it blew up a NPDC (Nigerian Petroleum Development Company) manifold, close to Banta, and two crude pipelines operated by the state oil company NNPC, adding that it also blew up "Chevron Well 10", close to Otunana flow station.

Wind power plant in Atacama Desert fills Chile's clean-energy sails

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 05:13
By Fabiola Ortiz SAO PAULO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deep in northern Chile's Atacama Desert, a remote community of 6,000 people is preparing to host the country's largest wind power plant. The residents of Freirina commune, on the coast of Huasco province, 700 km (435 miles) from the capital Santiago, have traditionally made a living from mining, olive farming, fishing and collecting seaweed. The new wind project marks a turning point for all Freirina’s families, according to 35-year-old mayor Cesar Orellana, a clean-energy enthusiast.

Nigerian militants say they blew up Chevron well

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 05:13

(Reuters) - A Nigerian militant group said it has blown up a Chevron Corp well near the Otunana flowstation. Niger Delta Avengers said it also blew up the Nigerian Petroleum Development Co's manifold near Banta and two crude oil trunk lines belonging to the Products and Pipelines Marketing Co and Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. ( (Reporting by Shalini Nagarajan in Bengaluru)

Coal dust kills 23,000 per year in EU: report

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 16:25

Lung-penetrating dust from coal-fired power plants in the European Union claims some 23,000 lives a year and racks up tens of billions of euros in health costs, an NGO report said Tuesday. Emissions from 257 power plants for which data was available "were associated with 22,900 premature deaths in 2013," said the report entitled "Europe's dark cloud: How coal-burning countries make their neighbours sick". The study was compiled by researchers from four green energy lobby groups: the Health and Environment Alliance, the WWF, Climate Action Network Europe and Sandbag.