OIL AND GAS:
Contaminated drinking water linked to faulty wells, not fracking -- study
Leaky oil and gas wells are to blame for the contamination of drinking water above shale plays in Pennsylvania and Texas, but hydraulic fracturing does not appear to be at fault, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Duke unveils $500M investment in solar projects
Duke Energy Corp. will invest $500 million in new solar energy facilities across North Carolina, the utility announced today, including direct ownership of 128 megawatts of utility-scale solar farms to be built at three sites in the state's south and east regions.
Storing renewable energy in a thousand basements
One new idea for storing energy, and helping the grid use more wind and solar power, is about as unflashy as it gets. It involves turning a lot of electric heaters on and off really fast.
Scientists find viruses affect life and death of huge carbon-eating algae bloom
It is often easy to think of humans as the most vital form of life on the planet, but most scientists would agree that honor goes to microbes. These often invisible single- to a few-celled organisms are the basis of the food chain on land and in the oceans.
Committee to probe energy tax issues for first time since Wyden took over
While comprehensive tax reform has been on Congress' back burner for most of the year, a Senate hearing this week could shed some additional light on what an eventual overhaul of the tax code would mean for oil companies, renewable energy developers and others in the energy industry.
Experts, environmental activists push philanthropies to drop fossil fuel investments
Top environmentalists today are calling on climate-friendly philanthropies to put their endowments where their ideologies are.
Autonomous and connected car technologies may progressively curb emissions
Excitement around connected and autonomous vehicles has been building for years with consumers interested in the convenience of never having to touch the steering wheel and governments anticipating significant improvements in road safety. It's presumed that these technologies will also have energy efficiency and emissions reductions benefits, but only recently have experts been able to quantify them.