Downtown Houston (Bobby L. Warren/Wikimedia Commons)

Houston gains in energy efficiency while other Texas cities lag, according to scorecard

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Just because the Petro Metro is awash with more oil and natural gas than it has been in decades doesn’t mean the city can’t save a few bucks on its energy bill.
In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

‘Sunshine State’ or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

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The state’s rules favoring utilities have made unlikely allies of groups like the Sierra Club and the tea party, who view the lack of consumer choice as harmful to the environment and an infringement on personal freedom.
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Two donkeys run through a pasture in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. (AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Taller turbines could unlock more wind power, new government report finds

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A new government report finds that taller wind turbines could help the U.S. vastly expand its wind-generated electricity, throwing new weight behind a wind industry push to reach higher into the air.
Two donkeys run through a pasture in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. (AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma Senate moves to eliminate wind tax credits

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With no debate, the Senate on Friday approved one bill to eliminate a 5-year property tax exemption for wind manufacturers, starting in 2017. Because the state reimburses counties for the revenue lost from the exemption, the cost of the subsidy has skyrocketed with the expansion of wind farms in Oklahoma.
FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill

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As part of a negotiated settlement with federal prosecutors, Duke agreed to pay $68 million in fines and $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation that will benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.
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Calpine adds two new top executives

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The Houston-based power company named W.G. “Trey” Griggs III as its new executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Griggs was a managing director at Goldman Sachs & Co. In his new position at Calpine, Griggs will oversee the trading, origination, development and commercial analytics groups and report to CEO Thad Hill.
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Patriot Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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Patriot said it will continue shipping and mining operations and it has received a commitment for $100 million in debt financing from secured debt holders that it did not identify. It did not specify potential buyers for the company.
New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Reactor at New York nuclear plant that spilled thousands of gallons of oil could be offline for weeks

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Several thousand gallons of oil spilled into the Hudson River after a Saturday transformer fire on the non-nuclear side of the Indian Point plant.
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New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015, after a transformer failed at New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that has been extinguished in Buchanan, N.Y. A spokesman for Entergy says the unit has shut down automatically and is safe and stable. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Nuclear plant fire results in Hudson River oil spill

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Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3.
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of the United Kingdom has 88 wind turbines capable of supplying energy to 220,000 homes. (flickr/Statkraft)

The offshore wind industry is still struggling to ramp up in the U.S.

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Developers and industry experts say the offshore wind energy sector is off to such a slow start in the U.S. because of regulatory hurdles, opposition from fossil fuel interests and the trials and tribulations of doing something for the first time.