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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 December 1, 2014 4:20 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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Energy
4:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Native Americans, Landowners Protest Keystone XL Pipeline In South Dakota

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:36 pm

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The Two-Way
3:46 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

In Britain, a new bus running between Bath and the Bristol airport uses biomethane for power. The gas is derived from human sewage and food waste.
Wessex Water/GENeco

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 12:43 pm

A bus in Britain is making headlines for running on gas — and we're not talking about petroleum or natural gas. The Bio-Bus runs on biomethane gas that's produced by human sewage and food waste.

The Bio-Bus has 40 seats and a range of around 186 miles on a full tank. When it officially goes into service next week, it'll run as a shuttle between the city of Bath and the Bristol airport, along with other routes.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Experts Meet In Oklahoma To Update U.S. Maps With Manmade Earthquake Hazards

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Scientists, regulators and technical experts from the energy industry met in Oklahoma to discuss how earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations should be accounted for on national seismic hazard maps, which are used by the construction and insurance industries and pubic safety planners.

The three-day workshop started Nov. 17 and was co-hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Energy
7:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

Pistachios, a possible energy source for a Turkish city.
Anadolu Agency/Getty

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:13 pm

What would you do with thousands of tons of leftover nutshells? It's a question that Turkey — the world's third-biggest producer of pistachios, behind Iran and the United States — has been asking itself for years.

Usually discarded pistachio shells end up in landfills, but nut-loving Turks think they've found a far better solution by turning it into biogas, an alternative fuel produced by the breakdown of organic matter.

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Politics
4:29 am
Wed November 19, 2014

1 Vote Keeps Keystone XL Pipeline From Senate Passage

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:33 pm

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Here's a fight in Congress that either means nothing or means a lot. The Senate voted down a bill to force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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