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Dynegy Inc. makes bankruptcy filing

Long-struggling power producer Dynegy Inc. filed for bankruptcy, joining its subsidiary that filed for Chapter 11 protection last year. The parent company will merge with its Dynegy Holdings unit as part of a plan to reorganize both companies.  More »

LNG prices may peak with Japan starting nuclear plants

Japan’s plan to start nuclear power stations for the first time since last year’s Fukushima disaster is stoking speculation that prices for liquefied natural gas have peaked after reaching a three-year high.  More »
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Putin gains from Iran’s oil pain

Sanctions on Iran are bolstering oil revenues for its ally Russia as refiners seeking replacement supplies trigger the biggest rally in Urals crude since President Vladimir Putin first came to power.  More »
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Feds settle Western energy corridor lawsuit

Parts of a plan for designating thousands of miles of energy corridors in 11 Western states will be revamped under a settlement reached by federal land managers, more than a dozen environmental groups and one Colorado county.  More »

Solar, wind energy a missed opportunity for Cuba

Cuba is proud of its success in using alternative energy to bring electricity to isolated hamlets like Ramon Gordo, 90 miles west of Havana. But scientists say the island, blessed with year-around sunshine and sea breezes but plagued with chronic energy shortages, could be doing much more on the national level.  More »
Commercial oil tanker AbQaiq readies itself to receive oil at Mina-Al-Bkar Oil terminal (MABOT), an off shore Iraqi oil installation.(U.S. Navy)

U.S. hits record exports of diesel, other distillate fuels

Imports of distillate fuels fell 42 percent during the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

ConocoPhillips, Origin OK 2nd stage of LNG venture

The companies said the cost estimate hasn’t changed significantly even as rival BG Group faces a blowout.  More »

JPMorgan ordered to explain withholding emails

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sued JPMorgan on July 2 to release 25 emails in an investigation of possible manipulation of power markets in California and the Midwest.  More »
Electricity is produced from the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

China to lead big bump in renewable energy by 2017

China is expected to lead a jump in worldwide renewable energy production over the next five years, with total global power from green sources expected to grow 40 percent, the International Energy Agency said Thursday.  More »
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Big energy demand for guar gum squeezing other industries

Guar is a plant grown mainly in northern India, where its seeds are harvested and then developed into a gummy substance that long has been an ingredient in a host of foods, cosmetics, drugs, explosives, fire retardant and paper.  More »
A Statoil drilling rig. (Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

FMC Technologies signs $200 million contract with Statoil for subsea equipment

FMC Technologies will provide $200 million in subsea equipment for Statoil projects in the Norwegian North Sea.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Troubled Calif. nuclear plant may be too pricey to fix

The future of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant could balance on an inescapable question: Is it worth the money to fix it? Engineers face a daunting task finding a solution for problems that knocked the seaside plant offline last winter. And even if they come up with a plan that fully addresses safety and operational issues, will it all make sense on a balance sheet?  More »