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Electric plants shift from coal to natural gas

The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution woes. But a shift is under way: More and more electric plants around the nation are being fueled by natural gas, which is far cleaner than coal, the traditional fuel.  More »
Members of the Iran Navy participate in a 2011 drill in the Sea of Oman. (AP Photo/International Iran Photo Agency, Ali Mohammadi)

IEA would release oil stocks only on a ‘serious’ disruption

The International Energy Agency would only release oil stockpiles in the event of a “serious” supply disruption and is examining which nations have extra capacity, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said.  More »
President Obama, center, is given a tour of Solyndra by Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, right, as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, left, walks along at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee says agents executed multiple search warrants on Thursday morning as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General. (AP Photo/Paul Chinn, Pool, File)

Koch-backed group releases TV ad about Solyndra

Americans for Prosperity released a new television ad today, slamming President Barack Obama’s handling of the Solyndra collapse.  More »

The rendering shows office buildings in Research Forest Lakeside. Talisman Energy USA will occupy 218,000 square feet in the business park. Photo: Handout / HC

Energy lease boosts Woodlands market

An energy company active in the Eagle Ford shale play has leased new offices in a business park in The Woodlands.  More »
Viewing the 1,000 pound Butter Sculpture at the 96th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show  is Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig, left , Sculpture Jim Victor, center and Lt; Gov. Jim Cawley, right, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 in Harrisburg, Pa. The Sculpture is a longstanding Farm Show tradition since its inception. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Butter-powered home? It’s not a joke

Butter makes everything taste better, but it turns out it can also be used to power your home, according to one Pennsylvania farmer.  More »
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Steffy: Oil in, gasoline out, and U.S. benefits

For the first time in six decades, the U.S. is exporting more gasoline and diesel fuel than it imports.  More »
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Nigerian unions suspend protest, strike on fuel subsidies remains

Nigerian labor unions suspended protests while continuing a general strike over fuel subsidies in Africa’s top crude producer after President Goodluck Jonathan’s announcement of a gasoline-price cut fell short of their demands.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Natural gas price plunge aids families, businesses

The price of natural gas is plummeting at a pace that has caught even the experts off guard.  More »
An Iranian oil worker repairs a pipe at an oil refinery in Tehran, Iran. The latest U.S. sanctions to be imposed on Iran have not only unveiled the depth of the country's economic woes, but exposed new fault lines within the government just two months before parliamentary elections that should bolster the control of the ruling clerics. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Oil climbs as Iran warns of Hormuz supply disruption

Oil climbed from the lowest price in almost four weeks as Iran said that a disruption to crude supplies through the Strait of Hormuz would cause a shock to markets that “no country” could manage.  More »
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

FTS sees railcar shortage for frack sand over next 12 months

FTS International Inc., a hydraulic fracturing company partly owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK), sees a shortage continuing through the year for railcars needed to haul fracking sand to wells.  More »
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Project to pour water into volcano to make power

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |01.16.12|

Exporting natural gas could be a good thing. If you want to cut your electricity use, you should think about buying a new TV. Chesapeake analysts are wary of high debt and falling prices of natural gas.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

Exporting natural gas could boost jobs, profits — and your bills

Debate is brewing over whether to keep the nation’s glut of natural gas at home for cheap energy or export it at five times the price, possibly creating jobs and boosting the domestic economy.  More »
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Justice Department opposes spill lawyer fees

The fees a judge awarded lawyers fighting BP discourage people from settling oil spill claims out of court, the Justice Department says.  More »
An unidentified worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site being run by Halliburton for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Shale gas drilling regulation better left to the state, scientist says

Regulation of shale gas drilling should be done on a state rather than a federal level, an energy expert said at a scientific conference on Friday.  More »