Tamar offshore rig, off the coast of Israel
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Noble Energy and Israeli partners ink deal to supply West Bank plant

Noble Energy and its Israeli partners in an offshore natural gas field will get about $1.2 billion to supply a Palestinian power plant in the West Bank for the next 20 years.
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Idaho solar developer fights to keep project alive

A decision from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission expected within weeks may resolve a fight with Idaho Power Co. over whether it must buy electricity from three 20-megawatt solar farms planned near Boise.
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Judge rules utility should invest in solar over natural gas

A judge’s ruling this week means Minnesota could see a major expansion in the use of solar power over natural gas.

Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people’s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.
Direct Energy's Frontera natural gas power plant in South Texas has a capacity of 494 megawatts. (Photo: Direct Energy)

Top 5 Ways Energy Production Benefited Consumers in 2013

Its been a busy year for U.S. energy production with consumer prices on the decline due to increasing domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Here are the Top 5 energy related news stories that benefit consumers in 2013.
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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.
A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Despite chill, natural gas prices unlikely to rise much

Natural gas prices have been on the rise this winter, but they are likely to fall in the coming months because of limited demand for the fuel and because of coal.
New Yorkers and visitors ride Citi Bikes in Times Square to generate energy to power the New Year's Eve Ball on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Citi/AP Images)

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.
The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones  initiative lines were designed to move electricity generated by renewable energy from the remote parts of Texas to more heavily populated areas. Oncor completed 37 stations and equipment for this project, as well as more than 900 miles of transmission lines. (photo: Oncor)

West Texas wind soon will light up the region

A 3,000-mile network of transmission lines designed to bring wind-generated power from West Texas to homes and businesses from Dallas to San Antonio should be fully operational by Tuesday, year’s end.
Solar panels in Romulus, N.Y will produce much of the electricity for the sheriff's department. The project was funded in part with a grant of almost $1 million from the state's NY-Sun program. (AP Photo/Seneca County Sheriff's Department)

Solar energy projects finally getting boost in NY

An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York’s Finger Lakes is a sign of the state’s latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy.