2:57 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

This solar panel unit cost about $17,000, less than half as much as it costs to extend the electrical grid a mile. Thompson pays the power company $75 a month to maintain and service the unit.
Ibby Caputo for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 8:39 pm

Most people can't imagine living without smartphones or the Internet, let alone without electricity. But even today — even in the United States — there are still people who live without lights and refrigeration. Many are Native Americans living on tribal reservations.

For many, electricity is a luxury; it can even be magical. Derrick Terry remembers the first winter when there were lights on at his grandmother's house.

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3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

Geologists Dave Tucker (left) and Pete Stelling at the Mount Baker hot springs in Washington's Cascade Mountains. The springs are within the large tract of federal land that could soon be open for geothermal development.
Ashley Ahearn KUOW

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

In the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for potential geothermal power development. Companies would then be able to apply for permits to build power plants that would harness the heat beneath the surface to spin turbines and generate electricity.

All of this would be taking place in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state.

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4:15 am
Fri April 17, 2015

India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 6:35 am

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

U.S. Predicted To Be Net Energy Exporter In Next Decade; First Time Since 1950s

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:13 pm

The U.S. will reach a new balance in energy trade "sometime between 2020 and 2030," says the Energy Information Administration, which predicts the U.S. could become a net energy exporter in the near future.

The federal agency's prediction cites a rise in domestic natural gas production and changes in energy demands. If it happens, the shift would end a streak of more than 50 years in which the U.S. has been a net importer of energy.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:53 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Turbine-Siting Bill Heads To Governor, Lawmakers And Wind Industry Near Deal On Tax Incentives

The Blue Canyon wind farm near Carnegie, Okla.
Joe Wertz KGOU

State legislators and wind industry representatives are close to a deal that would end two tax incentives and preserve a third, The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

Under the tentative agreement, a five-year property tax exemption for new wind farms would end after 2016, but a zero-emissions tax credit would remain in place. Another incentive that isn’t used much by wind developers, the investment tax credit, would end Jan. 1, 2017.

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2:29 am
Mon April 13, 2015

In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

Students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology are learning a technique called "tripping pipe," moving a pipe from a stack into a horizontal position and lowering it down into a well. The students train on a practice drilling rig to learn how to be roustabouts.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:00 am

Lower oil and natural gas prices have the petroleum industry laying off tens of thousands of workers. It looks like a decade-long trend of job growth in the U.S. oil business may end.

But there are parts of the country where those job numbers are still rising. Pennsylvania is one of them.

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4:16 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

U.S. Drilling Rig Count Falls Below 1,000

A drilling rig in far northwest Oklahoma City.
Credit Kool Cats Photography / Flickr Creative Commons

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. It was the first time the weekly count was below 1,000 since September 2009.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,831 rigs were active.

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Planet Money
4:07 am
Fri April 10, 2015

How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:56 am

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Let's talk now about a different kind of technology - solar power. Solar is a clean source of energy long considered too expensive, but now that's changing. Jacob Goldstein of NPR's Planet Money team has been asking why solar power has grown so cheap so fast.

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4:23 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Jamaica, Obama Announces Plan To Diversify Caribbean Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:16 pm

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:15 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Oil Exec Tried To Meet With OU President On Oklahoma Quake Research As Far Back As 2011

Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm at the 2012 Time 100 gala.
David Shankbone Flickr

The November 2013 meeting with University of Oklahoma President David Boren wasn’t oil billionaire Harold Hamm’s first attempt to discuss with university officials and a state seismologists Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity, a new EnergyWire story reveals.

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