Utilities fight back as rooftop solar heats up

With bills for 1,600 square foot houses like these running as high as $400 a month, solar is seen as less a green statement than an economic no-brainer given state and federal tax credits for as much as 65 percent of installation costs.  More »

Bicycles will help power Times Square’s New Year’s Eve bash

Bicycles installed in Times Square are being connected to 12-volt deep cycle batteries that will help illuminate the famed ball that will descend New Year’s Eve.  More »

Oil little changed in thin Asian trading

Oil prices were little changed in thin Asian trading Monday amid anticipation of the New Year’s holidays as well as stable energy demand in the U.S.  More »

Rig count down for the week

Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 11 this week to 1,757.  More »

Crude oil settles above $100 a barrel

It the first time oil crossed that threshold since October.  More »

Targets in BP settlement inquiry assail findings

The targets of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s inquiry are questioning his independence  More »

Oil extends rise on South Sudan worry

Oil prices rose further above $99 on Friday as violence in South Sudan stoked concerns about the African nation’s oil production. Benchmark U.S. oil for February delivery gained 27 cents to $99.82 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil prices gained nearly 3 percent last week as optimism about the U.S. economic […]  More »

Oil edges closer to $100

Worries over instability in South Sudan have led some analysts to predict the contract may top $100 a barrel for the first time since mid-October.  More »

Shell extends option on Pennsylvania site for cracker plant

The potential for a major new industrial plant is an unexpected turn for a region that became known as the Rust Belt.  More »

North Dakota requires companies to report pipeline locations

Thousands of miles of underground gathering pipelines in North Dakota are being mapped under new rules that require companies to report the locations to the state, a change that is being hailed by regulators, industry and the state’s biggest landowner group.  More »

Ex-official rejects BP ad’s ‘distorted’ claims

Two former top officials at the settlement program for compensating victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill say their recent resignations had nothing to do with the company’s allegations that they frequented a New Orleans strip club that received a settlement award.  More »

Russia grants Greenpeace activist amnesty

One of the Greenpeace activists detained in Russia’s Arctic has been granted amnesty, the environmental group said Tuesday.  More »