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PPL’s base electricity rate to decline 17 percent in December

Residential customers who purchase power directly from PPL Electric Utilities rather than shopping for a competitive supplier, will see a 17 percent decrease in the portion of their bill that reflects generation costs in December. The generation rate for residential customers will be reset to 7.878 cents per kilowatt hour, down from the current rate of 9.493 cents. Small business ...

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Cleaning with coconuts: a faster, safer, cheaper response to spills

An innovative mind can detect a resource amongst rubbish and formulate a solution from scraps. Joe Davids spotted an unlikely answer to workplace hazards— coconuts. From baking and cooking to health and beauty remedies, this versatile crop fills a variety of roles on a daily basis. While we often credit products made from coconut palm—the plant’s fruit—for oiling our cooking ...

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Hess Corp. reveals toy truck for 2015

The Hess Corp. gas station franchise might be a thing of the past, but the company’s traditional holiday toy truck has drawn as much buzz as ever from the toys’ loyal fanbase. “Oh goodygoodygoodygoody! [sic]” one commenter wrote on the company’s Facebook post announcing the reveal date. “I WANT MY HESS TRUCK!” And boy, did Hess deliver. On Monday, the ...

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Battle over $2 billion Nexus Pipeline continues to simmer in Medina, Summit counties

The battle over the Nexus Pipeline continues to simmer in Medina and Summit counties — with a report of one Medina landowner threatening a surveyor and a survey crew being ordered off private property. Surveyor Frank Batson filed an affidavit, saying he was threatened Oct. 10 by landowner Donald Borling, 72, of York Township, the Medina County Gazette reported. Borling ...

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Williston: From Boomtown to Hometown

What does a city look like when its population more than doubles in the span of five years? It’s probably difficult to visualize a growth of that scale and momentum, but it’s a transformation city officials and residents of Williston, North Dakota have grappled with since the area’s oil “boom” six years ago. According to Census data, Williston rose from ...

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Large projects taking advantage of expensive crude stymied by falling prices


For Aither Chemical, the company that strived to blanket Appalachia with small-scale ethane crackers, the past was prologue. Technology that promised to drastically reduce the amount of energy required to turn natural gas liquids into a building block for chemical production was conceived in the 1980s at Union Carbide. The innovation was supposed to displace expensive crude oil with cheaper ...

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Cheaper gas vs. dirty air: If Torrance refinery reopens, pump prices will fall and more pollution likely follows

While the rest of the country enjoys a comfortable $2.43 per gallon price for gas, Orange County residents are still paying a stubbornly high $3.45, according to the price-tracking website Gasbuddy.com. But relief could be coming to the pump — if we’re all willing to accept a trade-off in the form of dirtier air. On September 17, the South Coast ...

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Aggreko acquires ICS Group

Aggreko, an energy company specializing in “modular, mobile power and related solutions” announced its acquisition of Canadian rental company ICS Group, Inc. Wednesday. The agreement entitles Aggreko to all ICS and ICS-related assets. Established in 1999, Alberta-based ICS specializes in temporary heating, concrete cure and ground thaw solutions for industries such as oil and gas, industrial, and restoration. In a ...

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