U.S. Senate Begins Debate on Sweeping Bipartisan Energy Bill

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The Senate on Wednesday started debating its first comprehensive energy legislation since the George W. Bush administration, a bipartisan measure meant to update the nation’s power grid and oil and gas transportation systems to address major changes in the ways that power is now produced in the United States.

Another Natural-Gas Power Plant for New Jersey, Courtesy of Genesis Power

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New Jersey may be getting another natural-gas-fired power plant thanks to a project that would be built in Hillsborough Township, if it can obtain the necessary approvals. The $1 billion project would be big enough to supply power to 700,000 homes during summer months, according to a on the proposed facility, the Amwell Energy Center.

U.S. Coal Production Dropped to 30-Year Low in 2015

Coal production in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years thanks in part to low natural gas prices and climate policies encouraging utilities to switch to natural gas to generate electricity. It was 1986 when coal production in the U.S. was as low as it is today, according to U.S.

China says no to new coal mines

China will not allow new coal mines in the next three years, according to reports. Nur Bekri, Head of the country’s National Energy Administration reportedly said it will block any proposed coal mine project until at least 2019. China will also establish a mechanism to control coal-fired plants construction and production.

Meet the biggest energy efficiency rule the U.S. has ever released

They dribble out regularly – Energy Department rules or “standards” that require ever improving levels of energy efficiency for dishwashers, refrigerators, and much more. On Thursday, though, the Department dumped what it is describing as the “largest energy-saving standard in history” and one that “will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date” – a standard governing commercial air conditioners and furnaces.

SNL Energy’s 10 most influential people of 2015

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By early August, the once-high-flying yieldco sector started suffering heavy losses in stock prices. Financial analysts immediately began to voice concerns about the viability of the yieldco model. Ahmad Chatila, the CEO of SunEdison Inc., one of the premier and most aggressive companies in the solar space, saw the stock prices of his company’s yieldcos plunge due to concerns about the corporate strategy of sponsor SunEdison.
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Net Zero Homes Made By Ichijo USA Surpassed Expectations

Consumer Technology The first net zero energy townhouse complex in the US was built by Ichijo USA in a collaboration with the Port Blakely community and the City of Issaquah. It met and even surpassed expectations, and some of the highlights are fascinating: Over 562.8 kWh was generated above what zHome consumed, and was put back onto the grid between April 2013 and April 2015.

Monsanto pledges to be carbon neutral by 2021

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By Jim Salter Associated Press Posted: 12/01/2015 01:45:51 AM PST Updated: 12/01/2015 01:50:49 AM PST Click photo to enlarge ST. LOUIS (AP) – Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021, in part by working with farmers who use its products to help them reduce carbon emissions, the company’s CEO told The Associated Press.