Gas drillers may pay to help revive solar industry

The Stanley News and Press By John Finnerty HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to tax gas drillers will pump millions of dollars into schools, but it could also help subsidize alternative energy sources like wind and solar. Wolf proposes borrowing $675 million for economic development projects, which will be paid down by $55 million from […]

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Can Energy Companies Legally Use Drones?

Breaking Energy By KATE ROSOW CHRISMAN on August 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM With an almost eagle-eye-view of the Rocky Mountains from his office in Denver, Robert Attai advises clients on the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones. A partner in the law firm of Husch Blackwell, his clients sometime […]

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Solar jobs in Pennsylvania lag behind national figures

Power Source By Daniel Moore Supporters of solar energy have plenty to cheer about following a recent report on employment in the U.S. solar industry. In 2014, the industry added 31,000 solar jobs to bring employment to an all-time high of 173,807 nationwide, according to an annual census conducted by The Solar Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based solar research […]

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Demand From LNG Terminals Would Likely Boost Natural Gas Prices

Mail Tribune By Greg Stiles North American natural gas supplies soared beyond all previous expectations in recent years, keeping prices in check and creating potential new end users. Jason Thackston, Avista Utilities’ senior vice president for energy resources, said Monday there is no reason to expect a decline in natural gas availability in coming years. […]

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Behind the Ambitious Push for Solar Energy in Allegheny County

Powersource By Daniel Moore For solar power advocates, this part of the state has been a relatively dark and gloomy place. Allegheny County is home to fewer than 3 percent of the more than 7,000 total solar-powered generators registered statewide. Including Allegheny, the nine counties that make up southwestern Pennsylvania have just 6 percent of the […]

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The Oil Price Swoon Won’t Stop The Shale Boom

STILL PROFITABLE AT LOWER PRICES, FRACKING IS RIPE FOR TECHNOLOGY GAINS THAT WOULD HELP IT WEATHER FURTHER DECLINES. The Wall Street Journal By Mark P. Mills With oil prices sliding, energy investors are worried, while Saudi Arabia and Russia no doubt hope, that low prices will cap America’s boom in shale-oil production. Green-energy types sit […]

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