Energy

The Two-Way
9:49 am
Thu November 27, 2014

OPEC Holds Production Steady, Signaling Lower Fuel Prices

The lowest gas prices in years are seen Wednesday on a fuel sign in Lawrence, Kan. A day later, OPEC decided to maintain current production levels, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the pump.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 10:37 am

OPEC oil ministers have agreed to keep production levels steady, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the gas pump and lower costs for jet fuel that could translate into cheaper air-ticket prices.

After the decision was announced, crude prices quickly tumbled on the global market. Brent crude droped more than $6 to $71.25 a barrel.

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Around the Nation
4:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Energy Boom Helps Texas Commuter School Launch Football Program

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 11:12 am

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Energy
5:30 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Solar Energy's Popularity Increases As Rooftop Panels Get Less Expensive

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:15 am

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Energy
5:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Critics Say More Oil Industry Royalties Should Go Into U.S. Coffers

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:11 am

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Energy Diversity
1:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Oklahoma Wind Farm Energy Going To Arkansas

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A southeastern Oklahoma wind farm is providing Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation with 150 megawatts of potential wind energy through a long-term power purchase agreement.

The wind power is being generated by the Origin Wind Farm in Murray and Carter Counties in southeast Oklahoma. The expected annual output from the 75 turbines on the 17,600 acre farm is 650,000 megawatt-hours, about enough energy to serve 50,000 homes. AECC is the sole recipient of the electricity generated by the wind farm.

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Energy
10:29 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Enbridge Considers Oil Train Line From Cushing

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A company that stores more than 20 million barrels at the Cushing crude oil hub is considering construction of a rail line from the town.

The Journal Record newspaper of Oklahoma City reported Tuesday Enbridge Energy Partners is looking to partner with Savage Services to operate a 120,000-barrel-per-day facility. Watco Cos. would provide the rail line.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:06 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New York Times: A ‘Blue Light Special’ On Wind Power In Oklahoma

Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

The cost of producing and providing electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines has plunged in recent years, and are on track to meet — and in some markets are already beating — the generation costs of conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

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Planet Money
5:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Experts Suggest OPEC's Power Over Oil Prices Is Waning

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:02 pm

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Energy
8:26 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2 billion Each Year

A wind farm in Ellis County in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A trade association says wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.

The Oklahoman reports that the American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate electricity.

The pool operates the electric grid and plans transmission for 6.2 million households in parts of nine states.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sun November 23, 2014

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Mango trees would be grateful for the nutrients in human poop.
Noah Seelam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:07 pm

What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?

That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human excrement.

And it turns out that the bus isn't the only example of poo power.

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