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Changes to community solar bill draw criticism

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HARTFORD — Efforts to bring renewable energy to a broader group of Connecticut residents have been dealt a setback by the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology committee. But the so-called community solar bill isn’t completely dead. The legislation, House Bill 5412, was folded into Senate Bill 353, which the Energy and Technology panel moved out of committee last week. The ...

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Regulators to decide solar power vs. natural gas

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ST. PAUL, Minn. —(AP)– Minnesota utility regulators heard competing bids Tuesday as they decide whether solar power or natural gas should generate additional electricity for Xcel Energy’s 1.2 million customers in the state. The decision marks the first time the two energy sources have competed head-to-head on price before the state Public Utilities Commission, which is scheduled to decide the ...

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Regulators to decide solar power vs. natural gas

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Minnesota utility regulators are facing a controversial choice between solar power and natural gas as the favored energy to generate additional electricity for Xcel Energy Inc.’s 1.2 million customers in the state. The decision marks the first time these two energy sources have competed head-to-head on price before the state Public Utilities Commission, which is scheduled to decide the question on Thursday ...

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Cameron wants more fracking after Crimea ‘wake-up call’

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THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Energy independence and the adoption of technologies like shale gas fracking should top Europe’s political agenda, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, calling the Crimea crisis a “wake-up call” for states reliant on Russian gas. Escalating East-West tensions over Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine have endangered the energy security of some European states, including Germany, who are ...

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5 things to know about the Texas oil spill

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By Associated Press TEXAS CITY, Texas — WHAT HAPPENED?The Coast Guard says a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 168,000 gallons into one of the world’s busiest waterways. Oil has been detected 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. HOW ARE AUTHORITIES RESPONDING?The barge ...

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Lithuania minister pleads for natural gas exports

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lithuania’s energy minister is pleading with U.S. officials to boost natural gas exports to counter Russian influence in his country and across Europe. Energy minister Jaroslav Neverovic says Lithuania is completely dependent on Russia for natural gas and pays 30 percent more than other European countries. Neverovic told senators Tuesday that the situation amounts to abuse. Democratic ...

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Hess says Tioga gas plant expansion now online

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(Reuters) – Hess Corp began accepting North Dakota shale-derived natural gas at its Tioga plant expansion on March 23, and the full plant is now online, the company’s chief executive officer said on Tuesday. The plant was expanded so Hess could process excess natural gas produced at the state’s 10,000 oil wells as part of a plan to curb flaring. The plant expansion, which was under construction for ...

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