• BP Texas City refinery to miss 2007 restart goal

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delays to the restart of a crude unit at BP Plc's <BP.L> Texas City, Texas, refinery will cause the major to miss its goal of raising crude oil processing rates at the refinery to 400,000 barrels per day by the end of 2007, a source familiar with refinery operations said Monday.

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  • December Wind Blows in the Right Direction for Vestas.

    If one company’s sales are a bellwether for the industry then the wind energy industry is set for years of solid growth. Vestas Wind Systems, of Randers, Denmark, with a 28 percent market share and more than 33,500 wind turbines in service worldwide, is the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer. >> Read the Full Article
  • Symposium looks at developing biofuel research

    Global warming, oil's role in national security and bolstering rural economies are all pressing issues in the United States today. A potentially important consideration in addressing these issues? Bioenergy and biofuels, according to Cornell experts who reviewed research into developing biofuel technologies at a Dec. 14 Cornell symposium. >> Read the Full Article
  • Solar energy 'revolution' brings green power closer

    The holy grail of renewable energy came a step closer yesterday as thousands of mass-produced wafer-thin solar cells printed on aluminium film rolled off a production line in California, heralding what British scientists called "a revolution" in generating electricity. >> Read the Full Article
  • Biofuels, the Biggest Scam Going

    Where is agriculture headed? Can we feed a growing population and meet the demand for biofuels in the Industrialized North? Supporters of biofuel agriculture, (grain and chemical companies, Wall St. investors, politicians and most University researchers) avoid mentioning the cost of inputs, the fossil fuels, the environmental damage, the physical toll on animals and humans, and the growing problem of hunger that will accompany the switch from food to energy crop production. They want us to believe the switch to energy crops will be so easy and so practical. >> Read the Full Article
  • Bin Laden says U.S. seeks to control Iraqi oil: Web

    In a statement posted on the Internet on Saturday, bin Laden said Washington wanted to build military bases in the country and dominate the region.

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  • Rural Nigeria lights up with solar power

    LAGOS, NIGERIA - Nigeria has launched a solar power scheme that will eventually light up as many as ten rural communities with no access to the national electrical grid. A Lagos state government official, who wished to remain anonymous, said construction work had commenced on the respective projects and contractors were expected to start delivering them around mid to late January 2008. >> Read the Full Article
  • Unethical Ethanol Tariff

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and U.S. President Bush met last week at Camp David to discuss the future of ethanol. As the world's largest producer of sugar and a pioneer in the production of ethanol, Brazil is a key ally in Bush's plan to reduce America's foreign oil dependence and environmental footprint. Imports of Brazilian ethanol could be a major step toward achieving Bush's goal of reducing American gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next ten years. As ethanol can be produced from sugar, increased consumption of the fuel in the United States could also lead to a higher commodity price for sugar producers in Brazil, with the potential to lift thousands out of poverty. >> Read the Full Article
  • New Finnish nuclear reactor start-up delayed

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - The start-up of Finland's fifth nuclear power reactor, seen as a test case for Europe's nuclear future, has been pushed back and its operator said on Friday it now sees a commercial start in mid-2011. Start-up had originally been scheduled for 2009. >> Read the Full Article
  • Hotels: Energy Star Earns Its Keep

    Washington - There are currently 247 Energy Star labeled hotels listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star for Hospitality website. Close to 3,000 U.S. hotels have participated in this free government program since it was launched in 2002—mostly hotels in the 200-room range but any property 20 rooms and up can benefit. The two largest hotels that have earned the Energy Star are the Sheraton Waikiki with 2,228 rooms, and the Sheraton Boston Hotel and Towers with 1,215. The smallest hotels with a label are the 60-room Laurel Super 8 Motel in Laurel, Montana, and the 85-room Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, Conn. >> Read the Full Article