Energy & Fuel

Alexandria VA Coal Plant May Shut by 2012

"Alexandria's controversial coal-burning power plant, once considered one of the largest single sources of air pollution in the Washington area, will probably close by October 2012, its owner and the city announced Tuesday.

The surprise announcement culminates a 12-year battle to close the six-decade-old Potomac River plant, which local activists and environmentalists blame for causing or contributing to dozens of cases of serious illness each year.

Source: Wash Post, 08/31/2011

"Exxon Reaches Arctic Oil Deal With Russians"

"MOSCOW — Exxon Mobil won a coveted prize in the global petroleum industry Tuesday with an agreement to explore for oil in a Russian portion of the Arctic Ocean that is being opened for drilling even as Alaskan waters remain mostly off limits.

The agreement seemed to supersede a similar but failed deal that Russia's state oil company, Rosneft, reached with the British oil giant BP this year — with a few striking differences.

Source: NY Times, 08/31/2011
October 31, 2011 to November 2, 2011

11th Annual BioCycle Renewable Energy Conference

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Strange Bedfellows Back Bill Using Mortgages to Spur Energy Retrofits

"A Senate bill that would allow energy-saving retrofits to be factors in mortgage underwriting has quickly attracted a diverse set of enthusiastic supporters that range from the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the liberal Center for American Progress.

The 'Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act,' or SAVE Act, which is expected to be introduced this fall by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), would require federal loan agencies to include projected energy costs when financing a house, essentially offering better mortgage values on properties that are more energy efficient."

Source: Greenwire, 08/26/2011

"U.S. Ethanol Exports To Surpass Brazil This Year"

"Lax trade restrictions and high sugar prices should allow the United States to overtake Brazil in ethanol exports during the second half of 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

During the first five months of 2011 U.S. ethanol exports more than doubled from the same period last year, the EIA said.

'For the remainder of 2011, it is likely that the United States will surpass Brazil as the world's largest ethanol exporter due to recent supply shortages and resulting high sugar prices in Brazil,' the EIA said in its weekly petroleum report."

Source: Reuters, 08/26/2011

"Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas"

"WASHINGTON — Federal geologists published new estimates this week for the amount of natural gas that exists in a giant rock formation known as the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from New York to Virginia.

The shale formation has about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas, according to the report from the United States Geological Survey. This is drastically lower than the 410 trillion cubic feet that was published earlier this year by the federal Energy Information Administration.

Source: NY Times, 08/26/2011


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