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Commentary: Automatic bill payment programs cost money, increase consumption, study finds

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Extrapolating from the data, the Duke University professor calculated that automatic bill payment programs induced nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of incremental consumption in the United States in 2010. That incremental consumption resulted in an aggregate cost of $1.8 billion.
William Driscoll, 5, of Charlotte, N.C., holds signs as he stands with protestors, including his mother, outside the Duke Energy headquarters before the company's shareholders meeting in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 7, 2015. Duke Energy is holding its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, where the company's chief executive officer, Lynn Good, is expected to give an overview of Duke's 2014 performance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Duke CEO faces contentious shareholders’ meeting

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Demonstrators say the $50 billion company is blocking people from putting solar panels on their roofs.
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CERAWeek: World leaders at Paris climate talks won’t make same mistakes as 2009, experts say

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“There was a perception of failure” in Copenhagen, Todd Stern told IHS Energy CERAWeek. “People don’t want to go back there again.
Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek Commentary: American oil CEOs avoid climate change talk, while Euro counterparts take it head on

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No fewer than three U.S. oil executives attending IHS Energy CERAWeek have said government regulations need to be based on science, not public sentiment. Yet not one of them talked about the scientific consensus acknowledging global climate change.
Noble Energy will shutter Rosetta Resources' headquarters and lay off at least 65 of its employees as it prepares to buy the company for $2.1 billion.

Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case

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Regulators found the Houston-based company’s oil storage tanks were emitting thousands of tons of volatile organic chemicals a year because of undersized vapor control systems.
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Exxon Mobil firms to pay nearly $5M for Arkansas oil spill

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Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.
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Obama’s climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

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A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the EPA’s far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting in 2011. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey posts details of Exxon Mobil settlement

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Details of the proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over pollution around refineries in Linden and Bayonne were posted online Monday,
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A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

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During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in the Washington Post, energy […]
a worker sprays water in the switchyard area of the under- construction coal-fired power plant, partially financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, in Kudgi, India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

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Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh.