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Workers assemble solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese company Suntech in the eastern city of Wuxi. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

Top U.S. solar company profits amid red for industry

First Solar Inc. (FSLR) Chairman Mike Ahearn has found the best way to make money from photovoltaics is to sell whole power plants to Warren Buffett and NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE) instead of competing with China on panel sales.  More »
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Coal industry wins challenge to EPA water standards

The coal industry won a court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency water-quality standards infringed on state authority to regulate surface mining.  More »
people take part in a rally against hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, N.Y.  in January 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Driller to NY: Stop the local bans or we’ll sue

A natural gas drilling company is taking a new tack in the industry’s fight against local drilling bans: It’s threatening to sue if New York regulators don’t step in and extinguish the prohibitions.  More »
Stranded passengers wait for their power to get restore, at New Delhi railway station, in New Delhi, India, Monday, July 30, 2012. Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people — more than the population of the United States and Canada combined — sweltering in the summer heat. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Power restored across India after historic failure

Factories and workshops across India were up and running again Wednesday, a day after a major system collapse led to a second day of power outages and the worst blackout in history.  More »
An oil pump works in the Persian Gulf desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Oil near $89 after US supply drop, ECB awaited

Oil dwelled near $89 a barrel Thursday in Asia after U.S. crude supplies dropped more than expected and markets waited to see if the European Central Bank would deliver on its promise of bold action to overcome the region’s debt crisis.  More »
Shell's Kulluk conical drilling unit departs Seattle for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 2012. (Shell Oil Co.)

Shell takes key step on scaled-back Alaska drilling

Shell on Tuesday began preparations to install anchors at the site of one of its planned wells in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska — a major step toward launching a new era of Arctic oil exploration, even as the company has been forced to scale back its drilling plans.  More »
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NY judge lets Chevron’s Ecuador claim move forward

A judge who once tried to stop collection worldwide of an $18 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador against energy company Chevron continued his criticisms of the award on Tuesday in litigation that seeks a declaration that the judgment was the product of fraud.  More »
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Potter becomes president of FMC Technologies

Robert L. Potter has been appointed president of FMC Technologies. John T. Gremp will keep his roles as chairman and chief executive officer.  More »
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Sports star set to be new face of coal

Just in time for the election cycle, a newly released commercial by American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity will tout the importance of coal. See who is the star of the new advertisement campaign.  More »
Stranded passengers wait for their power to get restore, at New Delhi railway station, in New Delhi, India, Monday, July 30, 2012. Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people — more than the population of the United States and Canada combined — sweltering in the summer heat. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Electricity grids fail across half of India

Electric crematoria were snuffed out with bodies inside, New Delhi’s Metro shut down and hundreds of coal miners were trapped underground after three Indian electric grids collapsed in a cascade Tuesday, cutting power to 620 million people in the world’s biggest blackout.  More »
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Anadarko leaders tout second-quarter bright spots

Anadarko saw sales volumes double in several U.S. fields during over the past year and marked major natural gas discoveries in Africa, leaders said.  More »
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Feds expand online mapping to Arctic

As Shell inches closer to launching exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, the federal government today announced it is expanding an online mapping tool for responding to offshore oil spills so it includes Arctic waters.  More »