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  • Electricity prices rise most since 2009

    Electricity prices for the first half of this year increased the most in a year-over-year basis since 2009, according the Energy Department's statistics arm.

  • Dominion, Duke propose $5B natural gas pipeline

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the...

  • Report: Water shortages crimp China shale gas plan

    BEIJING (AP) — More than 60 percent of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to a U.S.-based research group. The World Resources Institute said China has the world's largest...

  • Solar power set to double for seventh straight year

    While solar's slice of the U.S. electricity pie is still small -- it accounted for just 0.2 percent of total generation in 2013 -- the electric utility industry is viewing it as a disruptive force.

  • Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

    BOSTON (AP) — Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England's largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat posed by climate change. Environmental activists Ken Ward and Jonathan "Jay"...

  • Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It's how...

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government...

  • Cool spring hurts Louisiana sugar crop

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — The cold spring is coming back to haunt local sugarcane farmers who are expecting a stunted crop and later harvest season. American Sugar Cane League executive director Jim Simon said he expects the harvest to begin later this year because of spring's cold temperatures....

  • Virginia facility processes crab blood for med tests

    CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — The Port of Cape Charles is a study in contrasts: A major manufacturer of concrete construction components is located next to a natural area that protects habitat of a small beetle. A new mega-yacht service facility is juxtaposed with work boats laden with commercial...

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announces $14.4 million in park grants

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced $14.4 million in investments for park development and storm water management on Chicago's south side and south suburbs. Projects include a $2.1 million grant for an expansion of the Sandridge Community Center in Calumet City, a $2 million...

  • Sonoma County declares $4.5M in quake damages

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Sonoma County is declaring a local emergency relating to last Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake centered near the city of Napa. The proclamation made on Saturday clears the way for county residents and business owners who had property damage to seek state and federal...

  • Panel rejects new fee for solar homes in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Advocates of renewable energy are hailing the rejection of Rocky Mountain Power's request for a new fee for residential rooftop solar panels in Utah. They're calling the Utah Public Service Commission's decision on Friday a victory for clean air and energy as well as...

  • Refinery-inspection bill protects trade secrets

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow government regulators to monitor oil refinery shutdowns in response to a fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery in 2012. It also would allow oil companies to designate the information as a "trade secret." SB1300 by...

  • California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. Senators who had previously opposed...

  • California lifts part of quarantine on grape pest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal agricultural officials are partially lifting a quarantine imposed for a moth that's eating grapes in Northern California's wine country. California Agriculture Secretary Karen Moss said Friday that authorities had lifted the quarantine for the...



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