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  • Report: Wind power saves $1.2 billion each year Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    The American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate electricity, The Oklahoman reported. "It's very clear that new wind energy being added to the Southwest Power Pool is providing very large net benefits for consumers," said Michael Goggin, the wind...

  • Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    LA PAZ, Bolivia— International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." Peru is about to overtake Bolivia as the top exporter, worrying Bolivians about their ability to compete. As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed...

  • US delays decision on ethanol in gas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 PM ET
    Gas pumps with a sign indicating the gas is containing up to 10 % ethanol at a gas station in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

    The White House decided it will postpone a decision on how much ethanol should be allowed in fuel.

  • Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3- mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Such opposition could be bolstered by Friday's U.S. Geological Survey report. Now state and federal officials are scrambling to...

  • LONDON, Nov 21- North America's peak electricity demand is forecast to increase by just 1 percent a year for the next decade, the slowest rate of growth on record. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the industry body charged by the U.S. Congress with helping to maintain a secure power system, identified three major challenges to reliability...

  • *State-controlled KGHM is one of Poland's biggest companies. Poland's environment ministry, which allocates concessions, denied it gave preferential treatment to KGHM over Canadian Miedzi Copper, which has filed a lawsuit, or British firm Darley Energy, which has submitted an appeal. KGHM, Europe's second-largest copper producer and an industrial champion...

  • Giraffes on a plane? Most Wanted list released Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    If so Interpol would like to speak with you. The international police agency Interpol recently began a Most Wanted campaign of suspects who have carried out such environmental crimes as wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing, illegal logging and trading in ivory. Ioannis Kokkinis, an Interpol criminal intelligence officer, said in a statement this week that a...

  • Wildlife land fracking could yield $6M, royalties Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A company has bid $6.2 million plus royalties to drill for natural gas and oil under state wildlife conservation land in Tyler County. Denver- based Antero Resources is offering to pay more than $12,000 an acre for fracking rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area, state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said. Houston- based Noble...

  • Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday. Houston- based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion,...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 20- AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday. State officials said it marked the first enforcement action in California against a...

  • Inslee to GOP senators: Bring solutions on climate Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Responding to criticism leveled at him last week, Gov. Doug Ericksen, R- Ferndale, and Curtis King, R- Yakima, disputing their assertions that the Legislature has been cut out of the process of evaluating potential requirements for cleaner transportation fuels. Inslee responded Thursday that the process has been open and transparent, lawmakers and...

  • Nicaragua: Studies say canal impact to be minimal Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua— Officials said Thursday that studies have determined a $40 billion inter-oceanic canal across Nicaragua will have minimal impact on the environment and society, and construction is to begin next month. Work will start Dec. 22 as planned with a port on the country's southern Pacific coast, said Zhu Xiaoya, an official with China's HKND Group,...

  • Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which regulates commercial fishing between Indonesia and Hawaii, has established an annual quota of 3,763 metric tons of bigeye for U.S.-flagged longline vessels in the central and western Pacific. Pacific territories: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste case Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period. The investigation began in 2011 when inspectors with the Alameda County District Attorney's office and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control examined...

  • VANCOUVER, Nov 20- Canadian police said on Thursday they arrested environmental protesters who have been blocking work at two Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP sites in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, three days after a court injunction for their removal came into effect. Kinder Morgan, which hopes to triple the size of its 300,000- barrel-per-day Trans...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 20- TransCanada Corp's plans for a pipeline to ship Alberta oil to Canada's East Coast face a new hurdle after Quebec said this week the project must meet seven conditions before it will be allowed to proceed through the province. Quebec's demands for the C $12 billion project, known as Energy East, follow a failed vote in the U.S. Senate aimed at...

  • BOSTON, Nov 20- Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada's largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern. All the pollutants measured in the study "were found to be below available regulatory objective limits," Irving said in a summary...

  • Climate change to raise insurance losses Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    People wade through floodwaters while carrying belongings from their home in Lyons, Colo., Sept. 20, 2013.

    Property and agriculture losses caused by climate change is forecast to increase exponentially in the coming decades, reports USA Today.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 20- TransCanada Corp's plans for a C $12 billion pipeline to. Quebec's demands for the project, which TransCanada calls Energy East, come just days after a failed vote in the U.S. Senate aimed at forcing presidential approval of TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would move crude from the Alberta oil sands to the U.S. Gulf...

  • Nov 20- Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan said on Wednesday he would deliver on his campaign promise to roll back tax increases despite a budget shortfall, the Washington Post reported. Hogan reiterated as well his promise to eliminate the "rain tax"- a fee enacted in response to Environmental Protection Agency requirements to reduce stormwater pollution...