Energy

2:43am

Fri March 2, 2012
Energy

As Gas Prices Rise, Natural Gas Vehicles Get A Boost

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 7:39 am

Bob Davis fills up his airport shuttle van at a natural gas pumping station in College Park, Ga. A growing number of companies are considering converting their vehicle fleets to natural gas.
David Goldman AP

Interest in natural gas vehicles soared in the 1990s and then faded. Twenty years later, the cost of gasoline is going up while the cost of natural gas is going down. And that difference in price explains the resurgent interest in natural gas vehicles.

In Indiana, Fair Oaks Dairy Farm does more than just produce milk — it is also in the transportation business. The farm owns 60 trucks, which deliver milk to a processor halfway across the state. Last September, most of the trucks were converted to natural gas.

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9:11pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Energy

Fmr Gov. Urges Country to Remove Politics from Energy Debate

Grace Hood

Tonight former Gov. Bill Ritter urged Americans to remove politics from the energy policy discussion. Ritter, who heads up the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, hosted a forum on the connection between national security and energy policy. 

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2:17pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Energy

Many Jobs May Be Gone With The Wind Energy Credit

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:01 am

From left, enginers Eric Nicosia, Amin Ahmadi and Gavin Boogs work to solve an issue with part of a wind turbine at the Gamesa Corp. factory in Langhorne, Pa., on Feb. 10.
Maggie Starbard NPR

The wind power industry in this country has grown fast in recent years, but that could come to a screeching halt.

The industry depends on a federal subsidy to keep it competitive with other forms of electricity. It's a tax credit wind farms get for the power they produce. That credit expires at the end of the year, and it's not clear whether Congress will renew it.

The tax credit was initially created to encourage wind energy, since it is a clean and secure source of electricity. But these days the argument is all about jobs.

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10:01pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Nuclear Safety, Costs Loom Over OK'd Reactors

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 9:56 am

Steam rises from the cooling towers of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Ga. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Southern Co.'s application to begin full construction of the nation's first new nuclear units since 1978 at Plant Vogtle.
Mary Ann Chastain AP

The nuclear industry is celebrating the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to give the go-ahead for a utility company to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia, the first license to be granted for a new reactor in the U.S. since 1978. But last year's accident at reactors in Fukushima, Japan, still clouds the future of nuclear power, as does the cost of new power plants.

Southern Co. will build the reactors at its Vogtle site in Georgia, where two older reactors already operate.

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4:35pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Business

Solar Industry Leaders Meet In Loveland

Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Local business executives and national solar energy leaders were in Loveland Thursday discussing the future of the solar industry in Colorado.

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